Experts estimate that more than 90% of disease is stress related and perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high levels of stress. Massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress.
Massage is simply the manipulation of the soft tissue of the body by rubbing and kneading. It improves circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues. It also:
- Relieves muscle tension and pain
- Increases flexibility and mobility
- Helps clear lactic acid and other waste
- Reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints
- Reduces stress and promotes relaxation
Sports and Therapeutic Massage
Sports and Therapeutic Massage is a specific area of massage therapy that has been developed to help improve sports performance, improve the body's movement and deal with injuries and postural problems. Both types of massage stimulate the muscular and nervous systems to give therapeutic effects rather than just offering relaxation.
Sports Massage is the management, manipulation and rehabilitationn of the soft tissues of the body for the prevention of injury, whilst maintaining good physical health and condition. An athlete now deems sports massage as an integral part of his or her training and fitness regime: they are able to sustain optimum performance and decrease the risk of injury.
There are many benefits of a sports massage which include:
- Prommotion of healing in soft tissue injuries
- Reducing tension pre and post competition
- Improving training via an increase in blood flow
- Reducing inflammation (swelling) post injury
- Relaxation of m uscles and body
However, muscle tension can affect anyone, not just sportsmen and women. Back, neck, shoulder or any other muscular pain can be brought on be activities such as gardening, decorating, driving or even sitting at a computer all day.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot Stone Massage is a speciality massage that uses smooth, heated stones. They are often basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains the heat well. The heat is both deeply relaxing and helps tight muscles relax.
During the massage, the therapist warms up the body with traditional Swedish massage, then massages you while holding heated stones. As the stones cool, the therapist replaces them with others. The therapist might also leave heated stones in specific points along the spine, in the palms of your hand, on you belly, or even between your toes to improve the flow of energy in your body. Cool marble stones are occasionally used during a treatment, particularly if there is inflammation.
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage:
- Promotes deep muscle and tissue relaxation
- Alleviates stress
- Releases toxins
- Relieves pain
- Improves circulation
- Calms the psyche
Health conditions treated with Hot Stone Massage:
- Muscular aches and pains
- Back pain
- Stress and anxiety
- Circulatory problems
Massage with Australian Bush Flower Essences
The Australian Bush Flower Essences, when used during a massage, may complement the treatment by working on any emotional issues released during the massage, thereby encouraging health and well-being in the whole body. The Essences are misted into the air or incorporated into the massage medium.
For further information on how the Australian Bush Flower Essences may help you, please visit www.ausflowers.com.au or contact The ARCH Clinic Reception Desk where we will be delighted to assist you.
Julie James, ITEC - Massage Therapist
Julie James qualified in Massage, Anatomy and Physiology in 2000. She uses an holistic approach to treat a wide range of stress related problems using Swedish Massage, Hot Stone Massage and Flower Essence Massage. She also offers a special Massage for Seniors which is customised to be more gentle on 'more mature' muscles, but still addresses aches and pains and promotes a feeling of wellbeing alongside greater flexibility in the joints.
Julie is trained in the use of Flower Essences and can use her knowledge of these to enhance the benefits of her massage treatments. Julie has trained in Hot Stone Massage techniques and now incorporates the basalt stones in her treatments creating a truly luxurious experience!
Becky Lines-Clarke BSc (Hons) MGHT
Becky is a member of the Guild of Holistic Therapists and practises Sports and Therapeutic Massage utilising hot stones to warm and relax muscles more effectively.
She is available on a Wednesday and Thursday and works closely with Justin Scriven and Paul Masterman, our Physiotherapists, to offer an extended treatment plan for your recovery.