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.
Reflexology is a deeply relaxing complementary therapy and it is believed that specific points on the feet, hands or ears correspond to different areas of the body. By stimulating these points it is possible to restore balance to the body naturally and improve general well-being. During the treatment therapist will always make sure that the pressure is just right for you, whether you choose a gentle treatment or deeper pressure. Reflexology can be effective on anxiety, digestive issues, headaches and migraines, insomnia, PMS, menopause and infertility.
Pregnancy massage is a wonderful way to de-stress, relax and nurture your body as well as your baby within. It soothes away the discomfort you may be experiencing as the pregnancy progresses. It's a great treatment for sciatica and lower back pain, mild oedema and problems on your neck and shoulder.