Massage

Massage is especially beneficial during pregnancy by helping to reduce stress and fatigue. There is an overall improvement in the sense of calmness and wellbeing due to an increased production of oxytocin and decreased level of cortisol. Regular massages throughout pregnancy can help improve sleep patterns as well as overall health. Massage can also help symptoms such as swelling and sciatic pain, increase blood and lymph flow, as well as decrease regular muscle tightness.

Remedial Massage

Techniques that may be used during your massage include:

Trigger Point Therapy: Trigger points are an early warning to a potential serious injury so checking for them is very beneficial. A trigger point (TP) is a knot in a muscle that is palpable and tender.  Trigger points can be caused by: training errors, inadequate preparation, poor biomechanics, muscle fatigue, poor flexibility, nutritional factors (vitamin deficiency) or psychological factors (lack of sleep, stress).

Muscle Energy Techniques: This form of treatment is used to treat impaired or altered function of the musculoskeletal system, usually presented as loss of range of motion secondary to muscular inhibition.  MET’s are an Active form of treatment (requires patient utilisation of force) that promotes muscle relaxation by activating the golgi tendon reflex.  The purpose is to gain motion that is limited by restrictions of neuromuscular structures.

Myofascial Release: Fascia is a seamless web of connective tissue that covers and connects the muscles, organs, and skeletal structures in our body, which is located between the skin and the underlying structure of muscle and bone.  Injuries, stress, inflammation, trauma, and poor posture can cause restriction to fascia. Manual massage techniques for stretching the fascia are used to release bonds between fascia, muscles, and bones.  They are applied with the goal of eliminating pain, increasing range of motion and balancing the body.

Aromatherapy Massage

If you're feeling stressed, sore and overtired an aromatherapy massage could be for you. The purpose of an aromatherapy massage is not so much to physically work out all the kinks and sore spots in your body, but to use the restorative properties of essential oils to relax and heal your body and mind.

Essential oils are 100 percent natural, highly concentrated plant essences. There are more than 3,000 essential oils, each with its own therapeutic qualities. They can be used to treat pain, muscle spasms, stifness, depression, insomnia, asthma, congestion and hypertension and more.

Pregnancy Massage

Massage is especially beneficial during pregnancy by helping to reduce stress and fatigue. There is an overall improvement in the sense of calmness and wellbeing due to an increased production of oxytocin and decreased level of cortisol. Regular massages throughout pregnancy can help improve sleep patterns as well as overall health. Massage can also help symptoms such as swelling and sciatic pain, increase blood and lymph flow, as well as decrease regular muscle tightness.

Baby Massage

Baby massage is an ancient tradition, dating back over 3000 years, in regions such as Africa, Asia, New Zealand and the Caribbean. Even today in these countries baby massage is still used as part of every day routine from birth to walking to help their baby sleep better and feel more relaxed and nurtured. It wasn’t until the mid 1990’s that baby massage became popular in the UK after professionals started to recommend baby massage as a way for new mothers to give their baby the best possible start in life. The long-standing benefits of baby massage are plentiful, especially when it is incorporated into a baby’s daily routine. Immediate benefits include: helping improve sleep duration & quality, improving circulation, alleviating symptoms of colic, teething, wind and constipation, helping the parent read their baby's cues.  It can also help with postnatal depression and help improve bonding.