Massage Therapy in Sheffield
Massage therapy can be deeply relaxing and rejuvenating
Our hands on therapists offer rhythmic and soothing massages to restore your mind and body. Massage therapy is a very broad therapy area. It can sometimes be confusing when looking for a massage to figure out what the right type of massage is so read our guide to find your perfect match!
The modern world seems to be filled with stresses and strains, not only on our bodies but also our minds. There is only so long anyone can go flat out before they burn-out and need to really take care of themselves. For many people a massage is an essential part of a self-care routine. It would be great if we could remove the aspects from life that are tough but often that is not possible. Instead, recharging your batteries could be the best way to go. And what better way to do that than through massage?
What can a massage help me with?
- Reduce heart rate
- Decrease blood pressure
- Increase blood circulation
- Able to sleep better
- More patient
- Feeling more energised
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Pain and fatigue
- Migraines and headaches
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What types of massage are available?
There are many styles of massage. To keep things simple we divide the types of massage into two groups.
It is arguable that all massage that is done well and with a positive intent has the potential to be therapeutic. That being said a therapeutic massage in this sense is more than a relaxation based massage but is usually less focused than a clinical massage. Therapeutic massages often involve the whole body being massaged.
Myofacial Release is a gentle yet effective hands-on therapy that involves the application of sustained pressure into the body’s fascial system to decrease pain, improve motion and release physical and emotional trauma. By holding the pressure for upwards of five minutes, this allows the fascia, or connective tissue, to lengthen.
Fascia is the body’s connective tissue. It is found throughout the body and has been overlooked by medical science for many years; it communicates faster than the nervous system and it surrounds every artery, organ, cell, bone and muscle.
Myofascial restrictions can be caused by inflammation, trauma and surgical procedures and can produce extreme pressure often leading to pain and discomfort. Modern tests such as MRI, x-ray, CAT scans, do not show where fascial restrictions are within the body, explaining how fascial pain can be so difficult to diagnose.
MFR practitioners view each patient and each treatment session individually. There are several Myofascial Release techniques that may be used in a session, such as cross-hand releases, transverse holds, unwinding, stretches and mobilisations. MFR can also be combined with other therapies such as deep tissue or therapeutic massage.
Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils or tools. Only using this hands-on technique can the therapist detect fascial restrictions and respond using the appropriate amount of pressure to facilitate the fascial releases.
After a session, people usually feel much looser and more comfortable in their own bodies. A standalone treatment can be beneficial, but an on-going course of treatments can be life changing.
Thai yoga massage is the native massage system of Thailand. It is over 2000 years old and has its origins in ancient Indian and Chinese medical culture. It is one of the oldest bodywork systems in the world and is gaining great popularity in the west.
This unique form of full body therapy incorporates Hatha yoga and acupressure to stimulate the energy channels (which the Thais call ‘Sen lines’) and gently stretch the muscles and exercise the joints.
Known for its health promoting effects, it has been described as ‘like having yoga done on you.’ It is a safe, holistic treatment which harmonises the body and mind. Increasing energy and promoting a peaceful state of being.
Thai yoga massage is performed through comfortable, loose fitting clothing. It is carried out on a mat at floor level where your body is placed through a variety of postures which make it possible to gently stretch, press, squeeze and massage your muscles and joints.
Tui’na (pronounced Twee Naa) is the traditional medical massage system of China where it is used in hospitals and is as popular as acupuncture. It is a vigorous and robust style of massage which treats not only the muscles but also the flow of the intrinsic life energy, which the Chinese call ‘Chi’, along the meridian channels. It is ideal for treating tense muscles as well as a health promotional treatment.
The Tui’na therapist makes use of their thumbs, fingers, palms, elbows and forearms to perform a wide selection of techniques. Ensuring the muscles, joints and energy points are fully treated. Tui’na is performed through comfortable, loose fitting clothing in a seated position and on a massage couch.
Indian head massage focuses on acupressure points along the head, neck and shoulders to improve hair and scalp condition, relieve tension and stimulate circulation.
The clue is in the name. A relaxation massage is about providing a calming environment to promote a sense of physical and mental well-being. It is a chance to catch your breath and de-stress. Through taking some time for you it is possible to couter-balance the demands of life.
Frequently asked questions about massage therapy
Before any massage happens your masseuse will ask you for some details about your health and the focus of the session and what it is you are looking for outcome wise. Your therapist will also discuss with you the kinds of techniques they might use and why.
Depending on the type of massage you have you may be able to wear the clothes you arrive in and the massage could be done through the clothes.
Other types of massage require your skin to be uncovered. In these cases you’ll be able to undress in privacy and cover yourself with a towel or sheet.Your masseuse will then return and do your massage. At the end they will leave the room so you can dress in privacy.
Your massage therapist might use some type of oil in the massage. This is done to reduce friction and make it easier to massage you. There is often a choice of oils available.
It depends how long you have booked for. A massage could last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour and a half or more. Depending on the massage therapist’s subsequent bookings you may be able to extend your massage if you are enjoying it so much you don’t want to stop!
It all depends on what the reason you had for wanting a massage and why type of massage you had as to what the after effects of a massage might be.
Sometimes people who have been particularly tense and have had a deep tissue massage could be a bit achy the next day.
Most people will only get positive effects from a massage. If during the massage your masseuse hits a tender spot do speak up to let them know and they will work around the area.
Massage can be a great way for many people to get physical and mental health benefits. That being said there are some people for whom massage may not be appropriate.
If you have any of the following conditions seek medical advice before looking into getting massage therapy:
If you are pregnant, a fracture, Thrombocytopenia, an open wound or a burn, if you take blood thinning medication, oteoporosis, D.V.T – Deep vein thrombosis.
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