THE WORCESTER MASSAGE THERAPIST
Holistic massage is the umbrella under which all of the below treatments fall. Holistic quite literally means 'whole', meaning that the practitioner considers all elements of the clients wellbeing, including emotional and spiritual as well as physical. Holistic treatments are based around the individual, and as such are tailored to each client. Depending on what each client needs and wants, one or many of the following techniques can be used to promote rapid recovery and encourage relaxation.
Deep Tissue Massage is technique of bodywork that focuses on relieving tension in the deeper layers of tissue. It uses strong, powerful techniques that releases chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep pressure on contracted areas, either following or going across the grains of muscles, tendons and fascia. It is also a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries.
Sports massage is a type of deep tissue massage, and is suitable for most people, regardless of whether they play sports or not. It incorporates deep, strong techniques (often including the forearm and elbow) that allows the practitioner to reach lower layers of muscle effectively and safely. Its purpose is to release tension in muscles and break down knots or adhesions that have formed in muscle fibres and connective tissue, allowing blood to flow more easily to the area, remove toxins and encourage healing.
Lymph Drainage is an advanced therapeutic method that stimulates the lymphatic system. It is a light rhythmic massage in which the practitioner uses a range of specialised massage movements and gentle pumping techniques. These mild stretching movements stimulate the lymphatic vessels, increasing the flow of the lymphs within them and allowing toxins to drain from the body. It is particularly effective for those with long term illness such as cancer and diabetes.
Swedish massage is the most commonly used style of bodywork in the western world. Its main purpose is to bring about natural healing through relaxation. Not only is it incredibly calming and energising, it is also exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility, whilst easing tension.
Neuromuscular Technique (NMT)
In addition to the muscles, ligaments and soft tissues of the body, NMT also deals with the nervous system. It incorporates a variety of smaller techniques applied to the affected areas at alternating levels of concentrated pressure. One very popular subset technique of NMT is the Muscle Energy Technique (MET), which uses gentle, guided muscle contractions to relax and lengthen muscles and normalise joint motion.
Energy work is a fantastic addition to massage, which sees the practitioner using positive 'sweeping' energy techniques and holds to promote healing in the client's body, mind and spirit. It uses both 'chakra' and 'chi' elements to focus on where energy has become blocked in the body, and needs freeing. The reasoning behind this is because when the natural 'currents' of the body are interrupted, they create an imbalance or blockage in the natural flow, which can lead to pain and disease.