Massage is gentle, relaxing and aims to relieve tension, relax and revitalise muscles, promote circulation and provide a sense of well-being.
Relaxation Massage (also known as Swedish Massage) is a wonderful and beneficial form of bodywork.
- Benefits of Relaxation Massage include:
- Relieves stress and tension
- Softens and stretches tight, contracted muscles
- Improves circulation assisting the cardiovascular system to carry oxygen and nutrients to cells, tissues and internal organs
- Lymphatic system is aided
- Exerts soothing or stimulation of the nervous system
- Aids elimination of toxic matter via lungs, kidneys and skin
BUT MOST OF ALL a relaxation massage can help reduce the tension and stress of everyday life leaving you feeling good and revitalised.
Massage aims to decrease painful conditions and injuries by treating the dysfunction causing the pain and to improve range of movement and mobility.
Remedial Massage is used to treat specific areas of pain or dysfunction. Conditions that benefits from Remedial Massage include most soft tissue sporting injuries, back, shoulder and/or neck pain, stress/tension headaches, muscle or ligament tightness, strain or injuries. Remedial massage can also prevent injuries by stretching muscles and can speed up the healing process by aiding muscle nutrition.Our highly professional massage therapists have a thorough knowledge of anatomy & physiology, structural examination and remedial massage techniques. They may use a range of assessment techniques including postural analysis, palpation, neural tests, muscle length and stability tests and tests for range of movement. The therapist will devise a treatment plan to best suit the condition which will be discussed with the client and any concerns or questions will be answered.Treatment may include a variety of remedial massage techniques appropriate to the condition, muscle energy techniques, postural corrections and stretching and strengthening exercises.
TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
This therapy can be incorporated into your massage treatment. Trigger Points are hyper-irritable spots found within muscle or fascia and often are the cause of pain, discomfort and immobility.
Your therapist may incorporate Trigger Point Therapy into your treatment plan to eliminate dysfunction and pain. Myofascial trigger points are hypersensitive areas within soft tissue (muscle, fascia) that when compressed are tender and when irritated may refer pain in characteristic pain referral patterns.When the trigger point is active, it refers pain. When the trigger point is latent, it does not refer pain, but lies in the tissue restricting its function. Trigger points are caused by trauma, muscular imbalance, poor posture, the environment (cold, allergies, etc.), emotional factors, repetitive activity, overuse, tissue placed in a shortened position for long periods of time.The therapist will locate trigger points through palpation. Generally, trigger points will be located within taut bands of soft tissue. It will be tender when pressed and will elicit referred pain in a predictable pattern. Trigger point pain is characterised by a deep, aching sensation often with referral distal to the trigger point. Trigger points may also cause stiffness and decreased range of movement to the tissue involved. Since trigger points very often re-occur in the same soft tissue group the source of the trigger point must be determined and eliminated if possible.
Myofascial Release is a powerful, interactive stretching technique which treats soft tissue dysfunction. Therapists may use Myofascial techniques in combination with other massage therapy methods. Light touch and light stretching techniques are used to encourage relaxation then allowing deeper restrictions to be accessed and treated.
Myofascial release leads to postural and alignment changes. Therefore, the effects of myofascial stretching are measured by assessment of body alignment and overall posture. The ultimate goal of myofascial stretching is optimal body alignment, which allows for the most efficient use of energy for daily tasks. The philosophy in myofascial treatment is to treat all misalignments which predispose the client to future injury.Soft tissue injuries, while widely diagnosed as strains, sprains or inflammation, all benefit from myofascial treatment. If the fascia is restricted at the time of trauma, the forces cannot be dispersed properly and areas of the body are then subjected to intolerable impact. The result is then injury. An athlete with fascial restrictions will not efficiently absorb the shocks of continual activity.Failure then, to recognise the importance of the fascia with respect to the body’s structure and movement helps explain many poor or temporary results achieved with standard treatments.
Whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend social sportsperson or sustained an injury at work or home, Sports Therapies can help you. Sports Therapies include assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injury as well as prevention of injury and treatments to optimise performance.
Sports therapies will be combined with various other methods of healing to optimise recovery.Practitioners trained in Sports Therapies will have the ability to assess the severity of your injury through various methods including palpation, range of movement, strength tests, structural changes, etc. Treatment may include remedial massage in combination with other modalities, stretching, strengthening and range of movement exercises. The practitioner can advise on various exercises to assist in rehabilitation and recovery, and the use of heat and cold packs.For the athlete pre- and post-event massage techniques can be applied to promote speed, endurance and the prevention of injury. Maintenance and conditioning massage can be applied for use between sports events to help bring about the athletes full recovery.
- Common injuries that can benefit from Sports Therapies include:
- Overuse injuries
- Elbow injuries - Golfers Elbow, Tennis Elbow
- Knee injuries - ligament disruptions, patella tendonitis, bursitis
- Shoulder injuries - Tendonitis, Frozen Shoulder, Dislocation, AC joint sprain
- Ankle - ligament injuries, achilles tendonitis
- Wrist injuries - Carpal tunnel, ligament sprains
- Shin splints
just to name a few.......
The lymphatic system is the major drainage system of the body. It plays a key role in the surveillance and defence of the body, it functions in immune response, it assists in the maintenance of fluid balance by draining fluid from the tissues, and returning vital substances back to the blood stream.
The benefits of Lymphatic Massage include:
- Deep relaxation
- Deep sleep
- Increase of energy
- Reduction of pain
- Reduction of high blood pressure
- Increase in bowel movements and increase of urine
- Decrease in pain of MS sufferers
- Sub-acute arthritis
- Regulation of menstruation due to possible hormonal imbalance
- Acne on skin may significantly decrease (although initially it may become worse)
- Improved breathing in colds, flu, bronchitis and asthma (not treated in the acute stage)
- Improvement of sinusitis
- Treatment for lymphoedema
PREGNANCY (& POST PREGNANCY)
Recommended for healthy mums in their 2nd or 3rd trimester only. Pregnancy massage enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and reduces mental and physical fatigue.
HOT STONE THERAPY
Hot stone therapy goes back to ancient civilisations where it was believed that hot stones had many healing properties particularly for cleansing the body, relaxing the heart, grounding the soul and soothing the mind. For hundreds of years Hawaiians have been using hot stones with heat, colour and sound (chants) for healing in order to restore balance in body, mind and spirit. They also used woods, seashells and pieces of tumbled coral. The treatment involves placing hot stones on pressure points and chakra points and massaging with oiled hot stones. Aromatic oils can also be used. We now bring this ancient therapy to the Lake Spa centre. Experience and enjoy!!
YOUR SAFETY AND COMFORT IS OUR NUMBER ONE CONCERN
Our practitioners are all highly qualified and professional. On your first visit your practitioner will take a full case history to ensure your safety. Prior to commencing the massage the therapist will fully explain the proposed treatment and liaise with you regarding any concerns you may have. They will instruct you to undress (leaving on your underwear) and will leave the room while you do so. During your massage your body will be fully draped with sheets or towels and only the part being massaged will be exposed. ALLOWING YOU TO RELAX AND ENJOY!!!