Deep Tissue Massage
A type of massage therapy, deep tissue massage uses firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). It’s used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
It’s used to break up scar tissue and physically break down muscle “knots” or adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited range of motion, and inflammation.
Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:
- Low back pain
- Limited mobility
- Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls)
- Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Postural problems
- Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
- Osteoarthritis pain
- Sports concerns (runners, athletes)
- Piriformis syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Upper back or neck pain
Remedial massage effectively address tense, knotted, damaged muscles and skeletal dysfunctions through a range of massage strokes, touch techniques and soft tissue manipulation that can be personalised to suit individual client needs. The approach is holistic in that it targets the actual dysfunction or issue, which in turn addresses the symptoms. The specialised techniques can help repair damaged muscles, tendons and joints by supporting and increasing the body’s own repair mechanism.
The combination of gentle, strong, deep and shallow massage techniques stimulates blood flow, which flushes out toxins from the muscles. Remedial massage helps to relax the peripheral nervous system, which reduces pain and aids comfort. Stretching the muscles decreases stiffness, immobility and tension.
Remedial massage can be beneficial in addressing neck and back pain; muscular pain, cramps and tightness; sports injuries; frozen shoulder; tennis elbow; scoliosis; sciatica; arthritis; headaches; poor posture and RSI (repetitive strain injury). poor circulation and sleep issues.
Relaxation massage is a full-body massage therapy incorporating long strokes, gentle kneading, rocking and rolling of the skin to loosen and relieve tight muscles.
This form of massage is designed to soothe and relax the body and mind, releasing muscle tension, calming the nervous system, boosting circulation and skin health, supporting the immune and lymphatic system and promoting a general sense of wellbeing.
Relaxation massage can help to temporarily lower blood pressure; improve stress-related issues; improve circulation; improve skin tone and texture; and increase general wellbeing.
Despite its name, don’t be fooled into thinking that a sports massage is reserved for athletes alone. It can bring benefits to anyone who exercises regularly. Originally developed to help sportspeople prepare their bodies for peak performance, to aid post sports recovery and increase endurance during training, sports massage helps to prevent and heal muscle and tendon injury.
Sports massage is a vigorous treatment that boosts blood circulation and helps to release and break down knots in the muscles, while also helping to increase flexibility and movement. Sports massage can be useful both pre and post a sporting event and can also offer restorative and rehabilitation benefits to lessen injury and address pain.
Sports massage can treat a variety of ailments and injuries that may occur as a result of exercise. It also has other benefits that allow you to train or exercise more efficiently. Some benefits that sports massage has include:
- relieving swelling
- reducing muscle tension
- promoting flexibility
- injuries that occur as a result of overexertion or overuse
- relieving pain
- preventing injuries
- improving heart rate and blood pressure
- increasing blood circulation and lymph flow
- treating injuries such as shin splints, tennis elbows, sprains and strains, corked thighs etc
Pregnancy massage relieves the everyday discomfort of pregnancy such as sore back, leg cramps, swelling of the ankles and feet and fluid retention. It provides the opportunity for the mums-to-be to rest and completely relax.
Our therapist Tania incorporates various techniques during a pregnancy massage but extend an extra level of sensitivity and gentleness, which factors in the baby as well.
Myofascial Cupping Technique™
The Myofascial Cupping Technique™ was developed by David Sheehan in 2002. It involves the gliding of negatively pressurised cups over the body with the assistance of massage cream and can be accompanied by joint mobilisation. It is a very different technique to traditional cupping and importantly, marking the skin is NOT part of the desired treatment outcome. It also should be performed at a pressure level that is almost painless to the client.
How is it different to other massage techniques?
Unlike all other massage techniques that use compression, the Myofascial Cupping Technique™ is unique in that it ‘lifts and separates’ soft tissue, known as negative or tensional pressure. This in turn can increase nutrient-rich blood supply to the tissue, while giving a gentle passive stretch to the underlying soft tissue.
Benefits from the Myofascial Cupping Technique™
The Myofascial Cupping Technique™ can provide profound benefits, particularly with assisting the body in maintaining Range Of Motion, eliminating Myofascial Trigger Points and reducing restrictive and sometimes painful fascial adhesions commonly found from repetitive movement originating from sports and the workplace. By reducing fascial adhesions, while encouraging optimal hydration levels of soft tissue, the Myofascial Cupping Technique™ can assist in reducing the incidence of injury and maintaining functional soft tissue.
When scheduling an appointment, Better Health reserves that appointment time just for you. In the event that you need to change or cancel the appointment time, Better Health requires a minimum of 24 hours notice.
This 24 hour notice period enables Better Health Massage adequate time to offer that appointment time to other clients on our waiting list. Please note that failure to notify Better Health within the required minimum 24 hour notice period will incur a 60% charge.
In the event that you are late to your appointment, your Better Health Massage therapist will do their best to ensure you get the maximum time possible for your treatment, however this is dependant upon the following scheduled appointments.