Massage

Deep tissue massage

A deep tissue massage may involve:

  • medium pressure
  • strong pressure
  • extra strong pressure
What is it?

Deep tissue massage is ideal for attending to stiff areas and painful ‘trouble spots’ in the body. Using slow, deliberate strokes, the therapist applies pressure to layers of muscles, tendons and tissues lying deep beneath the skin.

Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage may be equally as therapeutic, relieving chronic patterns of tension as well as helping with muscle injuries such as back strain or back sprain.

Problems massage can help


✓ back pain

✓ back strain and back sprain

✓ carpal tunnel syndrome

✓ chronic fatigue syndrome

✓ chronic muscle pain

✓ fibromyalgia pain

✓ muscle tension

✓ neck pain

✓ osteoarthritic pain

 

✓  postural problems

✓  repetitive strain injury

✓  sciatica

✓  spasms in the glutes

✓  sports injuries

✓  stress

✓  tennis elbow

✓  whiplash

✓  any other localised pains in the body

 

Сontraindications


Contraindications for deep tissue massage are:

  • acute inflammation
  • hematomas
  • if you have recently suffered a heart attack
  • ligament breaks and sprains
  • pregnancy (in the first trimester)
  • skin infections
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • tumours
  • unhealed fractures
  • varicose veins

 

Sports massage

 

Sports massage falls into three categories:

  • Pre-event sports massage. This is a short, stimulating massage administered 30-45 minutes before the event
  • Post-event sports massage. This is a restorative massage administered 1-2 hours after the sporting event, with the aim of relaxing the body’s tissues and returning them from an exerted state back to normal.
  • Rehabilitative sports massage. This type of sports massage is administered outside of immediate training hours. Its purpose is to alleviate any pain arising from injury and return the body to optimum health and performance levels.
What is it?

Sports massage was developed with three functions in mind: to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, to help them recover after a big event, and simply to enable them function well during training.

Contrary to what the name suggests, you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from sports massage; roundly speaking, sports massage can be beneficial for anyone with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion, its simple aim being to prevent and heal injuries to muscles and tendons.

Problems massage can help
  • chronic pain
  • frozen shoulder
  • ‘knotted’ areas in the body, especially if they are large or have been present for a while
  • muscle tension
  • pulled hamstring
  • restricted range of motion
  • runner’s knee
  • any other injuries in general

 

Сontraindications

While a sports massage can be slightly uncomfortable at times, this discomfort should never reach unbearable levels. Clients are encouraged to speak up and let the masseuse know if, at any point, the massage becomes too painful.

Additionally, due to the nature of the massage, sports massage is best avoided if you are suffering from:

  • open wounds
  • varicose veins
  • thrombosis
  • tumours
  • melanoma
  • haemophilia
  • infectious skin diseases

 

 

Relaxation massage

 

Relaxation massage may be:

  • soft pressure
  • medium pressure
  • applied with, or without, aromatic oil
What is it?

A relaxation massage is the perfect way to de-stress, unwind and chill out. Using light, flowing strokes and high- quality massage oils when desired, this massage is geared towards the careful release of muscles and the calming of the nervous system. A relaxation massage is a mild form of massage and not designed to address injuries or problem spots; for this kind of work you are better off enlisting for a deep tissue or sports massage.

Essentially, a relaxation massage is a gentle, nurturing massage, ideally for when you need a little pampering and self-care.

Problems massage can help


✓ chronic fatigue syndrome
✓ circulation
✓ depression or low moods
✓ emotional and physical fatigue
✓ headaches and migraines
✓ insomnia
✓ ‘knotted’ areas in the body (on a minor scale)
✓ muscle tension
✓ nerve strain
✓ stress
✓ sedentary lifestyle (associated symptoms, such as lethargy and poor circulation)

Сontraindications


You should avoid receiving a relaxation massage if you are suffering from:

  • cold or flu
  • cholelithiasis
  • fungal diseases
  • internal bleeding
  • oncological diseases
  • pregnancy (in the first trimester)
  • any venereal diseases
  • varicose veins

 

 

Therapeutic massage

 

What is it?

Therapeutic massage is defined as the mobilisation of soft tissue (such as muscle, fascia and body fluids) with the aim of restoring normal bodily performance on a systemic, biomechanical and functional level. Therapeutic massage can be used to assist in the treatment of most musculoskeletal and associated problems; administered regularly, it is likely to result in improved circulatory, lymphatic and neurological functioning.

A therapeutic massage can be stimulating or soothing depending on the technique, depth and speed.

Problems massage can help


✓ anxiety
✓ arthritis
✓ asthma
✓ circulatory problems
✓ face and jaw pain
✓ flat feet
✓ gastrointestinal disorders
✓ headaches and migraines
✓ high blood pressure
✓ immune system disorders
✓ insomnia
✓ minor injuries
✓ pain (both chronic and short-term)
✓ reduced range of motion
✓ stress

Сontraindications


Contraindications of therapeutic massage are:

  • acute cardiovascular failure
  • acute disruption of the internal organs, including cerebral and cardiac blood circulation
  • cold or flu
  • infectious diseases, especially in the acute stage
  • malignant and other local tumours prior to surgery
  • pregnancy (in the first trimester)

 

Relaxation massage may be:

  • soft pressure
  • medium pressure
  • applied with, or without, aromatic oil
What is it?

A relaxation massage is the perfect way to de-stress, unwind and chill out. Using light, flowing strokes and high- quality massage oils when desired, this massage is geared towards the careful release of muscles and the calming of the nervous system. A relaxation massage is a mild form of massage and not designed to address injuries or problem spots; for this kind of work you are better off enlisting for a deep tissue or sports massage.

Essentially, a relaxation massage is a gentle, nurturing massage, ideally for when you need a little pampering and self-care.

Problems massage can help


✓ chronic fatigue syndrome
✓ circulation
✓ depression or low moods
✓ emotional and physical fatigue
✓ headaches and migraines
✓ insomnia
✓ ‘knotted’ areas in the body (on a minor scale)
✓ muscle tension
✓ nerve strain
✓ stress
✓ sedentary lifestyle (associated symptoms, such as lethargy and poor circulation)

Сontraindications


You should avoid receiving a relaxation massage if you are suffering from:

  • cold or flu
  • cholelithiasis
  • fungal diseases
  • internal bleeding
  • oncological diseases
  • pregnancy (in the first trimester)
  • any venereal diseases
  • varicose veins

 

 

Lymphatic drainage massage

 

What is it?

This hands-on treatment uses gentle, repetitive strokes to soothe and support the lymphatic system; an organic system which plays a crucial role in protecting you from infection and disease.

Sometimes referred to as a ‘detox massage’, this type of massage will support your body’s internal filtration mechanisms, removing waste and toxicity via the lymphatic fluid and keeping your immune system at optimum level.

Problems massage can help


✓ anxiety
✓ bruises and bags under the eyes
✓ burn scars
✓ cellulite
✓ depression or low moods
✓ headaches and migraines
✓ low immunity
✓ lymphatic flow disorder
✓ if you are overweight or obese, or on a weight-loss or fitness program
✓ post-surgical and rehabilitative states
✓ post-surgical scars
✓ slow metabolism
✓ swelling of the face and feet
✓ varicose veins

Сontraindications

The following people should avoid receiving a lymphatic drainage massage:

  • anyone looking for a classic massage experience (this is because lymphatic treatment involves extremely light pressure and does not work your deeper muscles)
  • people suffering from any form of ongoing inflammation (if you are currently under the care of a medical professional you will need to check with them before booking a treatment)
  • people with concerns relating to cellulite
  • people suffering from any other general or serious contraindications, including active cancer, thrombosis, acute infections and severe allergies

 

Anti-cellulite massage

 

What is it?

This hands-on treatment uses stroking, kneading and rhythmic motions to loosen fatty tissues and smooth out the skin’s surfaces.

By treating the areas where cellulite most commonly appears, this process aims to boost blood circulation, improve collagen production and encourage the body’s natural healing processes.

Problems massage can help


Anti-cellulite massage can help:

  • reduce the appearance of cellulite
  • as above, especially in the case of people who have rapidly lost or gained weight recently
Сontraindications


The following people should avoid receiving an anti-cellulite massage:

  • people with no visible cellulite (these people should try a therapeutic, relaxation or deep massage instead)
  • those unable to tolerate a moderate degree of physical discomfort
  • pregnant women
  • people suffering from any other general or serious contraindications, including tumours, blood diseases and heart problems

 

Massage for pregnant women

 

Pregnancy massage falls into two categories:

  • prenatal massage
  • postnatal massage
What is it?


‘Pregnancy massage’ is an umbrella term for any hands-on massage designed to be administered either during or after pregnancy
(hence prenatal and postnatal massage).

Problems massage can help


✓ anxiety
✓ back pain
✓ bruises and bags under the eyes
✓ depression or low moods
✓ headaches and migraines
✓ insomnia
✓ knee pain
✓ low immunity
✓ neck and shoulder pain
✓ sciatica
✓ swelling of the face and feet

Сontraindications


You should avoid receiving a pregnancy massage:

  • if you have recently experienced bleeding or pre-term contractions
  • if your midwife or doctor has advised against it
  • if you are within your first trimester of a pregnancy (this is owing to the increased risk of miscarriage in the first twelve weeks of gestation)
  • if you fall within a high-risk pregnancy category or have previously suffered a premature labour
  • if you suffer from pregnancy-induced hypertension, e.g., high blood pressure.
  • if you have preeclampsia.
  • if you are experiencing severe swelling, high blood pressure or sudden, severe headaches
  • if you have recently given birth

 

Foot massage / Reflexology

 

What is it?

Reflexology is the application of pressure to specific points in the feet, hands, and ears.

These reflex points are understood to correspond to organs and systems within the body, and the correct pressure, when applied

Problems massage can help


✓ anxiety

✓ asthma

✓ cardiovascular issues

✓ diabetes mellitus

✓ endocrine diseases

✓ erectile dysfunction

✓ flat feet

✓ gastrointestinal tract dysfunction

 

 

 

✓ insomnia

✓ lower back pain

✓ osteoarthritis

✓ osteochondrosis

✓ migraines and headaches

✓ multiple sclerosis

✓ peripheral neuropathy in premenstrual syndrome

✓ sinusitis

✓ stroke

✓ trophic disorders of the lower extremities

Сontraindications


A reflexology massage should be avoided when the following apply:

  • any localized inflammation or swelling of the hands, feet, or ears
  • any localized skin disease or infection in the hands, feet, or ears
  • diarrhoea and vomiting
  • fever and infectious diseases, whether systemic or localized
  • if you are pregnant and in your first trimester
  • when a continual and extreme negative reaction to reflexology has been noted

 

 

Facial massage

 

What is it?

Facial massage is a specialised procedure which works directly on the face, eliminating imperfections and promoting the appearance of younger looking, healthier skin.

By increasing circulation, facial massage can effectively slow down the ageing process, firming the tissue, smoothing out wrinkles and strengthening the tone of weakened muscles.

Furthermore, facial massage may help to release toxins from beneath the skin, and has proven helpful in the treatment of skin conditions such as acne.

Problems massage can help


✓ facial tension
✓ headaches and migraines
✓ premenstrual syndrome
✓ sinus congestion
✓ stress
✓ wrinkles

Сontraindications


Facial massage is not recommended if you suffer from any of the following:

  • active herpes lesions
  • acute sunburn
  • conjunctivitis (or ‘pink eye’)
  • fungal infections
  • impetigo
  • open cuts and abrasions
  • severe allergies
  • severe cystic acne with open pustules
  • severe eczema
  • severe psoriasis