Motion - Choose the right massage for you

It is true that massage can be one of the most effective methods of relaxation, stress reduction, and even healing of the mind and body. But which type of massage will work best in various circumstances? There are many different massage therapies available, and it will benefit you to understand the differences between them before you make an appointment with a massage therapist.

Relaxing and Energizing - Swedish massage
Swedish massage is the most gentle of styles of massage (apart from Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage).

Swedish uses gliding strokes, kneading and squeezing to release tension, improve blood flow and help the body remove toxins. The goal is to relax and revitalise the body and mind.

Try Swedish if you are after a gentle feel good massage, its soothing and great for combating stress.

Treating a Problem - Remedial massage
Remedial massage treats specific muscular problems, tension and injury.

A specific treatment plan is created to address a wide range of problems including postural issues, weak and shortened muscles, swelling from injury, surgery or sporting injuries. Remedial massage also helps alleviate other conditions such as headaches, arthritis and chronic pain.

A variety of techniques are used including Swedish, MLD, trigger point and deep tissue massage.

Try Remedial Massage if you have a specific problem or area of tightness that needs sorting out. Ideal if you are plagued with muscular pain.

Muscle Tension Release - Deep Tissue Massage
This type of massage is not as relaxing as a Swedish massage, and can actually be a bit uncomfortable during the treatment and for a couple of days afterward. Deep tissue massage will move beyond the surface muscle layers that the Swedish massage addresses, to work the deeper layers of muscle and tissue. This type of massage can be highly effective for those with deep, chronic muscle tension or pain from repetitive motions.

Try Deep tissue Massage if you suffer from postural problems which cause discomfort or even pain. If you have issues with recurring tension headaches or pain from a repetitive motion of one type or another, deep tissue massage may be the right treatment for you.

Treating Injuries - Sports Massage
Sports massage is specifically designed to treat injuries or ailments related to sport and exercise, but you don't have to be an elite sports person to get it.

Sports massage is perfect for just about any exercise related problem, helping with endurance and performance, and minimising the chance of injury.

A host of techniques are used to increase your range of movement and to address shortened and tight muscles. Treatment my focus on a specific area or may include a full body massage. It can be a deep, vigorous treatment and some pain may be required to benefit. There may be some discomfort and post treatment soreness, depending on whether its pre-event or post-event.

It helps prevent injuries and is a targeted treatment, which really gets to the bottom of problems that hamper their sport or exercise.

Try it if you are preparing for, or recovering from, exercise or sport or have a specific exercise-related problem. It also gives your performance a boost.

Cleansing and Revitalising - Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
Lymphatic drainage is a deeply relaxing massage that improves metabolism and boosts the immune system by moving lymph around the body. Lymph is a colourless fluid that travels between cells, it helps fight bacteria and viruses. MLD it also used to treat any swelling either from injury, post surgery or from an oedema.

The technique is so soft because the lymph is just under the skin and it is so gentle and very relaxing and helps you release emotional issues, but also incredibly energising afterwards.

Try it if you are feeling run down, clogged up with toxins, low in energy or if you suffer from abdominal bloating, period cramps, sinus, headaches, post surgery swelling, lymphedema or many other conditions.

A massage treatment can be a wonderful method for alleviating stress and tension, and reducing chronic pain. Selecting the right massage for you will ensure that you receive maximum benefit from your treatment time.

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