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What is massage?

Therapeutic massage involves the manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscular spasm and stress. It also promotes health and wellness.

Massage therapy is “a profession in which the practitioner applies manual techniques and may apply adjunctive therapies with the intention of positively affecting the health and well being of the client”-AMTA

How will I feel the next day?

Everyone reacts differently to a massage. You may feel energised and your muscles looser. You may feel very relaxed and sleepy. Or some people (especially those that have had a deep tissue or therapeutic/remedial massage) may feel some muscle soreness. This should go away in a day or two. Many people experience a good night sleep.

Can massage help control pain?

Massage is very effective in controlling pain. Massage confuses your body’s pain signal by interfering with their pathways to the brain; this is known as “gate control theory”. Pain impulses run towards the spinal cord and into your brain. It is only then that your brain perceives pain. As you massage the nerves send other impulses along the same pathways causing the pathways to become clogged. The result being that only a small amount of pain signals will reach your brain, thus decreasing your pain.

What type of pain can massage help?

Massage can help all types of pain originating from muscle tension such as head, back, neck, and shoulder pain. Releasing tightness and tension in muscles is the most obvious effect of a good massage.

Who can benefit from massage?

Everyone from babies to the elderly. Massage can help with a wide range of medical conditions including:

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic and acute pain
  • Circulatory problems
  • Depression
  • Digestive disorders
  • Headache
  • Colic
  • Immune function disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Myofascial pain
  • Premature infants
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Sinusitis
  • Sports injuries
  • Stress
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction