Massage therapy or hands on healing has been around for thousands of years. As we know it in the west the origins of massage therapy go back to 19th century Sweden. Manipulation of the soft tissues of the body such as muscles, tendons ligaments and nerves can have beneficial effects for muscular pain and injury, occupational and everyday stress and some chronic pain conditions.
Our massage therapists use a range of different massage therapy modalities including remedial massage, Swedish massage and myofascial cupping.
Swedish massage uses slow, deep strokes to relax the muscles and allow for the body to escape the “fight or flight” cycle that many of us get stuck in.
Remedial massage is deeper tissue work aimed at alleviating specific soft-tissue injuries or pathologies. A remedial massage will involve a thorough examination and diagnosis and treatment will aim to address issues related to that assessment.
Myofascial cupping is a contemporary take on the ancient Chinese art of cupping. Rather than using fire and glass cups, myofascial cupping uses plastic cups with a vacuum seal. These cups are moved across problem areas and used in fascial stretches. Cupping utilises both the traditional compressive approach to soft tissue manipulation, as well as the lifting of tissues due to the vacuum seal. It helps to reduce fascial adhesions, tensions and related pathologies, and works wonders on areas of chronic tension.