Massage to heal and relax!
Most people think of massage as a way to relax and pamper oneself, but Remedial Massage can do much more than that.
“Julie is one of the most effective physical therapists I know and I’ve met a few. On my run in 2001 from Lands End to John O’Groats (33 marathons in 40 days) I had massage and treatments every couple of days from very kind therapists like Julie. Only a few of the 15 or so people came close to her high standards and effectiveness. Whether you are a sports person who needs to stay in trim, or someone with a physical or mind/body problem Julie can make a difference. Professional, warm, compassionate, ethical and very talented.” Bob Hayward Managing Director, OPC (UK) Ltd
Remedial massage is also known as Swedish massage or therapeutic massage. Like Sports Massage, Remedial Massage can prepare your muscles before a sporting event, ease any strain sustained during it or treat an old sport injury. Remedial Massage helps relieve pain from any type of injury, whether gardening, driving or simply poor posture. This form of therapeutic massage, because it is gentler than Sports Massage, can soothe the tension and inflammation from conditions such as Arthritis or RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury). Like Aromatherapy Remedial Massage uses oil to make the strokes and movements smooth. Unlike Aromatherapy the amount of pressure used is often greater. It is the skill of the therapist and their ability to sense the tight areas and know how deep is deep enough, rather than the type of oil used that has the greatest effect. I do use essential oils to increase the effect of the treatment. Unlike Sport Massage, Remedial Massage is deep yet still within your comfort range so you can relax and enjoy your treatment.
Pain relief without causing pain!
Unlike Sport Massage, Physiotherapy and Chiropractic types of treatment, Remedial or Swedish massage offers pain relief from injuries or conditions without the need to inflict more pain to your body or force it into positions it is not used to. When you experience pain, your muscles contract and this is the opposite of what you want to achieve. The amount of pressure used depends on your level of tolerance. You remain relaxed throughout the treatment and can enjoy your session as well as benefit from it.
During the massage I will use passive movements to mobilise your joints and stretching which loosen your joints and improve your mobility. After the treatment we will review some of these stretches so you will be able to do them yourself. This will help you maintain the benefits gained from the session. Re-educating your muscles to bring your body back to a natural balanced and relaxed state will help you stay pain free for longer and reduce the number of sessions you will need.
Techniques such as orthopedic massage, myofacial release, stretching, position release therapy, trigger point work and muscle energy technique are added to the basic massage strokes to ease pain as quickly as possible and to increase the effectiveness of the treatment and make the benefit of the session last longer that if massage alone is used.
I also use techniques from the Trager Approach especially early on in the treatment programme. It induces a deep state of relaxation more quickly than with massage alone. I can then teach you how to reproduce this for yourself. To find out more read about Trager or contact me for more information.
Of course you can have a session to re-experience the joy of relaxation. However, my aim is to keep you well so that you don’t need to keep coming back for the same problem month after month. Rather each time you visit, you keep improving and feeling better and better.