Why have a massage?
People come for a massage for a number of reasons. We believe that an effective and healing massage comes from listening to the clients’ issues, identifying their particular areas of focus and working to the depth required.
It is a way of connecting and communicating through healing touch. It takes account of the emotional state of the individual.
We live in a busy digital age where there is little time to switch off, and it’s fulfilling seeing people arrive in a very adrenalised tense state and leave with a sense of calm and ease.
The massage service provided at Butterfield Osteopathy will always be tailored to the individuals requirements. People can come with a clear understanding of what they want, such as a specific sports injury, but often what is really required from the session emerges from the discussion with the therapist.
Massage therapy dates back thousands of years to ancient cultures that believed in its medical benefits: aiding recovery from injuries, relieving pain, reducing stress and producing a deep relaxation.
Massage is a combination of various movements used to manipulate tissues for both local and overall effects and benefits. The movements range from gentle strokes to invigorating friction depending on the desired effect.
While there are different categories of massage, such as remedial, sports and deep tissue massage, a session may draw from techniques in all categories.
Remedial/therapeutic massage uses mostly gentle flowing strokes, with the focus of cultivating a calming and refreshing stress reducing experience.
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Sports massage is more geared towards participants in sports. It is used to help prevent injuries, to prepare the body for athletic activity and maintain it in optimal condition, and to help athletes recover from workouts and injuries. The therapist has a broader, more specified medical knowledge and application. People often come for a pre or post event massage.
Sports massage can help to:
– Prevent injury
– Relieve aches and pains
– Improve flexibility
– Aid recovery
– Treat minor injuries
– Enhance sports performance