Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure,holding,and/or causing movement of or to the body.
Deep Tissue Massage
This is a massage technique that works on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. Similar to Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage uses slower, firmer strokes and pressure than other treatments. It involves deep finger pressure that concentrates on particular areas, and follows or goes across the fibres of muscles and tendons. Deep Tissue Massage is a blanket term that describes a number of different therapies, and is often used medically by Physiotherapists.
Deep Tissue Massage helps to refresh and relax muscles, increasing the blood flow, and therefore the oxygen flow, around the body. This removes toxins in very sore and strained muscles, which helps them to strengthen and heal.
Deep tissue massage is often used to treat people who are recovering from accidents or sports injuries as it increases blood circulation in muscles that are underused, relieves chronic muscle tension throughout the body, and can also break down scar tissue and “knots” deep in the muscles.
Holistic comes from the Greek word “holos” meaning whole. The holistic approach to treatments and full body massage takes into account a person’s whole being – mind, body and spirit – not just the symptom or ailment, integrating the emotional and physical needs of the client.
Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine that originated in India thousands of years ago. The word “Ayurveda” is made from two Sanskrit roots “Ayu” which means life and “Veda” which means knowledge. Therefore, the term Ayurveda means the knowledge or science of life. Incorporating Ayurvedic principles and therapies may enhance any yoga practice, promote perfect health and help realise our full potential for wellbeing and happiness.
Cathy treats the body as a whole, analyzing the cause of your injury, finding out where and why it actually exists; the root cause, and then provides treatment and rehabilitation advice on how to get back to fitness. Using a wide variety of techniques from soft tissue therapy, muscle energy work, neuromuscular facilitation, passive and active stretches, Cathy will get to the causation and work to break your cycle of injury. This type of treatment is robust and should not be mistaken for a 'relaxing' treatment. Nor is this to be confused with physiotherapy. Sport therapy works on many levels and so patient involvement and participation is required for full affect.
Myofascial Release is somewhat different to traditional forms of massage or body work. It is a safe and effective hands-on technique that involves gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue to eliminate pain and restore motion,
It is believed that many people who suffer from pain, dysfunction and lack of mobility may have Myofascial restrictions.
The John F Barnes Myofascial Release Approach and CranioSacral Therapy are a hands on treatment that can be applied to any part of the body to deal with tension, tightness and pain.
It allows the body to re-organise itself, removing restrictions, freeing up tension creating a more mobile, flexible and pain-free body.
Just beneath your skin lies a complex network of tough connective tissue that spreads throughout the body in a 3-dimensional web called Fascia.
From a functional point of view, fascia is regarded as a continuous sheet, like a 3Dimentional body stocking that extends without interruption from the top of the head to the tip of the toes. Because fascia permeates all regions of the body and is denser in some areas than others, when it hardens it can create pain, tension, pressure and restrictions in area that appear to be unrelated to the original complaint.
Fascia is a stretchy mesh like substance, filled with micro-tubules of fluid, that interweaves through the body and acts like a fibre-optic information network, bathing each of your cells with energy, light, sound, nutrition, oxygen, biochemicals, hormones . It surrounds and penetrates every muscle, bone, blood- vessel, organ and nerve right down to cellular level.
Most people find MFR extremely relaxing and will normally feel more energised with an improved and increased range of movement and flexibility. People often report feeling `freer` within themselves, with increased vitality and a greater ability to move and breathe.
Craniosacral therapy ( CST )
CST is used alongside MFR to assist with the bodys own self-healing and self-regulating capabilities. It works on the tiny movements within the bones of the head and the rhythm of the Cerebrospinal fluid which bathes the brain and the spinal cord. CST releases tensions deep within the body creating a positive influence on the Central Nervous System.
CST is performed fully clothed and is suitable for everyone including babies, children, for back, neck or head injuries and those with debilitating pain such as Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue.
We can also offer a full range of different treatments including :-