Over time and with busy lifestyle we often become unaware of our bodies. A full body relaxation massage brings you into awareness of your whole body creating a sense of balance and harmony.
The perfect way to appreciate your body and all that it achieves for you. After a relaxation massage you will feel at peace and open.
I have practiced yoga for 10 years and I am happy to share stretches with you that may be of benefit for overall flexibility.
Stretching can help you release tension in your body after the massage and helps maintain a more flexible body.
The combination of muscle strengthening, stretching, and massage is a great recipe for a healthy strong vibrant flexible body, soul and mind.
I have been experiencing Feldenkrais treatment and taking some lessons for myself. I am particularly impressed with the gentle approach Feldenkrais offers with the goal of improving movement in the body and increasing awareness of how your body moves. I will share some Feldenkrais movements with you at the end of your massage if appropriate.
I am currently studying Acupressure and will use some acupressure points during your massage to help stimulate the organs and release musclar tension.
Sports Massage – Therapeutic Massage
Therapeutic Massage uses a moderate to firm pressure on the knotty, sore, tight muscle tissue. This slowly and gently encourages the knotty muscle to release and let go. A firm gliding pressure over the tight muscles or direct downward point pressure on the actual knotty and sore muscle helps achieve this aim. The pressure must also be applied at a level that feels comfortable for the client. An ideal firm pressure allows the client to breathe into the actual point whilst the pressure is being applied. After a brief period of time holding the point, the muscle will release and ideally feel looser, relaxed and less painful.
Deep Tissue – “Just Right” pressure
Therapeutic massage is performed at a level of “just right” pressure. Before the firmer style of massage begins, the muscle tissue is first warmed up with some moderate massage. Ideally you will feel less pain in your body after a therapeutic massage. You may also be noticeably more flexible with less muscle tension. Some common areas where therapeutic massage is most effective in reducing pain are the hips, lower back, shoulders and neck. Therapeutic massage can also be helpful for arms, forearm tension, and bicep and deltoid muscle tightness. Runners, long distance walkers, and cyclists will find therapeutic massage most helpful in the hamstrings, ITs, quads, calves and shins. A therapeutic foot massage will help with aching feet in the arch of the foot and between the toes, including the toes.
Therapeutic massage is done with care and attention, as the area being massaged may be tender to touch. This kind of massage may create a slight feeling of soreness for a day or two after the massage. However, once the muscle has healed, it will feel much better and more flexible. Plenty of water must be consumed before and after this massage. Some people refer to this style of massage as deep tissue massage, however I do not perform deep tissue in the ‘no pain – no gain’ method, I work with a moderate pressure and believe this gets good results too.
A combination of deep tissue, relaxation and brisk stimulation massage. A variety of massage strokes are used to improve flexibility and decrease injury, taking into account your training schedule and events ahead.
Deep Tissue Massage
If you notice some restriction developing in your body as you become involved in sports or just from the wonderful aging process, that can simply be that you have shortened muscle tissue that is restricting full range of movement. A deep tissue massage may assist in a fuller range of movement for that joint and therefore increase flexibility, creating more comfort, and the likelihood of less injury.
By applying a moderate pressure to a tight muscle we can gently encourage a softening in the knotty muscle tissue and create a smoother healthier more flexible muscle. I encourage open communication on the table to enable us to work at a pressure you are comfortable receiving, a place where you can gently breath into the release of the muscle tissue.
If you have a knotty calf for example, the knot needs to be gently encouraged to soften and become suppler so it no longer restricts your movement. This is often where deep tissue massage is used.
“Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible.”
Thich Nhat Hanh