MASSAGE

Massage

What is it?


Massage therapy has been around for centuries; many cultures have used it to relieve aches and pains long before it became a mainstream practice. Essentially it is the manipulation of soft tissues within the body, to relieve tension, promote self-healing, recover from injury, aid relaxation and promote general wellbeing, however the benefits of massage are numerous.

It is usually performed with just the therapists hands, however deep tissue techniques will use forearms, fists or the elbows of the therapist. In the case of a hot stones massage, smooth flat basalt stones are used.

There are many different types of massage, at Magdalen Health we offer Swedish, Sports and Hot Stones. Swedish massage is the general term for a massage that promotes relaxation and general well-being, it is named as such due to the influence of a Swedish physiologist who developed a set of techniques that formed the basis of modern massage. Swedish massage can be applied to the whole body or just a specific area, a common treatment is back, neck and shoulders. Hot stones massage uses Swedish massage techniques, however the warmth of the stones help the muscles to relax more easily and using the stones can allow for a more effective treatment.

Sports massage however focuses on just one area of concern on the body, as due to the nature of the techniques it’s not realistic to have a full body sports massage. Sports massage uses techniques that work on the deeper layers of muscle tissue to help free up any knots and adhesions that might be restricting movement and preventing the muscles working as efficiently as they should. It can also be used for someone who is recovering from an injury as healing is often more effective with the help of deep tissue massage. Equally though regular sports massage treatments will help to prevent injury and if you are someone who does a lot of exercise, then recovery time between training sessions can be improved as can performance generally.

Massage

What should I expect?


During the first treatment there will be an initial consultation where your therapist will complete a short medical questionnaire to make sure massage is a suitable treatment for you and to find out any relevant information they may need to know. It’s not a full medical history, but there are some conditions which would make a massage treatment unsuitable. This is also when to discuss what the treatment is for and what the focus is.

It is necessary to be undressed to an extent for the treatment, however towels are used to cover you and only the area that is being worked on will be exposed. At Magdalen Health a massage wax is used to perform the treatment, it contains natural oils so should you have any allergies please let your therapist know.

The length of the treatment time will depend on what you have booked and will be inclusive of the consultation and time to undress/dress.

If you have a particular problem area, such as extremely tight shoulders or if you are recovering from an injury, then several weekly sessions would be ideal. If you are fit and healthy, a monthly massage session will help you stay that way.

Massage

What are the benefits of a massage treatment?

There are numerous benefits to regular massage treatments and these vary on an individual basis, however as a guideline the following may occur;

Improves circulation and nutrition to the tissues

Relieves tension and stress in the body

Helps to improve flexibility and increases range of movement

Reduces pain, discomfort and restricted movement

Helps injury recovery as well as injury prevention


Helps to maintain healthy muscles

Aids the lymphatic system with clearing out waste and toxins, especially post exercise

Improves performance potential and aids recovery

Improves sleep quality

Can help to reduce anxiety and depression

Massage

What are the benefits of a massage treatment?

There are numerous benefits to regular massage treatments and these vary on an individual basis, however as a guideline the following may occur;

Improves circulation and nutrition to the tissues

Relieves tension and stress in the body

Helps to improve flexibility and increases range of movement

Reduces pain, discomfort and restricted movement


Helps injury recovery as well as injury prevention

Helps to maintain healthy muscles

Aids the lymphatic system with clearing out waste and toxins, especially post exercise

Improves performance potential and aids recovery


Can help to reduce anxiety and depression

Can help to reduce anxiety and depression

Massage

What are the benefits of a massage treatment?

There are numerous benefits to regular massage treatments and these vary on an individual basis, however as a guideline the following may occur;

Improves circulation and nutrition to the tissues

Relieves tension and stress in the body


Helps to improve flexibility and increases range of movement

Reduces pain, discomfort and restricted movement


Helps injury recovery as well as injury prevention

Helps to maintain healthy muscles


Aids the lymphatic system with clearing out waste and toxins, especially post exercise

Improves performance potential and aids recovery


Can help to reduce anxiety and depression

Can help to reduce anxiety and depression

Our Team

Our Massage Specialists



Massage Therapist

Faye Wilson


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Massage Therapist, Occupational Health Advisor, Trainee Osteopath

Jan Dale


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Sports Therapist

Jo Bastone


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Registered Osteopath and Massage Therapist

Jenny Doe


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M.Sc Osteopathy, Registered Osteopath

Kieron Kerr


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We aim to provide immediate relief from unnecessary aches and pains through a variety of treatments; enabling you to live a more active, healthy and pain-free life.

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