How Does Massage Work?
Massage helps to improve circulation. Throughout our bodies we have a clear fluid called lymph which surrounds the body tissue. The lymph helps to extract waste from the tissue. Sometimes when there is inflammation it can cause pain and swelling. When lymph and inflammation start to accumulate in the body, the excess fluid will eventually put pressure on our blood vessels and the blood circulation decreases. This limits blood flow to that area and as pressure increases, nerves become irritated which in turn often causes pain. The process of massaging the body can help your blood to flow better and remove excess lymph and inflammation.
Massage in combination with essential oils works on the emotional as well as physical levels. The system that controls emotions receives a signal from the olfactory system and this triggers chemicals to be released which might help you to feel relaxed, calm or perhaps even energised. Many essential oils have properties that help with aches and pains.
This is regarded as the most common type of massage. It uses a combination of movements including gliding strokes to relax, kneading and friction movements to stimulate and help increase blood flow. This type of massage can be relaxing as well as energising.
Deep Tissue Massage
Using a variety of techniques this massage works deep into the tissues beneath the superficial layer of muscle. It is a much slower routine than the conventional Swedish Massage.
Hot Stone Massage
This type of massage uses smooth, heated basalt stones that transmit heat deep into the body. The stones are used as massage tools as well as being placed on the body to radiate heat. The heat encourages blood flow to tense muscles.
The chair used for this massage is ergonomically designed and provides full support of the head, arms, torso and legs. Clients remain fully clothed. Massages last from 15-30 minutes and focus on the muscles in the neck, shoulder, back, arms and hands.
Massage for Employees
Stress can often be the cause of sickness in the workplace and sitting at desks can often cause tension in the back, shoulders and neck. If you have office space, Sarah can come to your premises and conduct seated massage. You will remain fully clothed throughout the treatment and sessions start from £10 for a 20 minute session.
What Can I Expect From My First Session?
Before the massage starts you will be given an outline of what to expect in terms of the massage sequence. The pressure being used during massage varies from person to person and at the start of the massage you will be asked if this is to your liking, if you are experiencing any discomfort or you are not happy with any massage technique being applied then please make this known. The client’s modesty is always paramount and only the area being worked on will be exposed. At the end of the session you will be offered a glass of water and you will be left in the room on your own to dress.
Will Massage Help Me?
How someone responds to treatments vary from person to person and so it is not possible to predict how you may feel following a session. However, the aim is to help your body restore balance naturally. Most people feel a deep sense of relaxation and it can assist muscle strains/tension, aid relaxation and can sometimes help clients to sleep. Following treatment you might find it improves your mood and gives you a sense of wellbeing.
Sarah’s treatments have been a God send to me. Due to my personal circumstances my emotions are up and down. Her sensitivity and insight along with the treatments have helped to strengthen my coping mechanisms.
Zoe, Bishops Cleeve