Massage, whether clothed or unclothed, can help to ease muscular pain and stiffness and to increase mobility in stiff joints. Most people find that the release of muscular tension provided by massage helps them to access a state of deep relaxation, which can itself help towards the healing process by reducing the release of stress hormones in the body.
A number of my clients are older people and I have seen that regular massage can help to reduce the stiffness and aches and pains which people sometimes think are an inevitable part of growing older.
Neck, shoulder and back massage can help to resolve headaches caused by muscular tension and, together with arm and hand massage, can also help resolve the pain and stiffness which office workers and others who spend a lot of time at a computer often experience.
Hip and lower back pain can often be caused in whole or part by muscular dysfunction and a course of massage and stretching can help a great deal.
Massage can also support clients to manage chronic conditions like fibromyalgia.
Pregnancy massage: I am also qualified in pregnancy and post natal massage and can provide a treatment which will address specific areas of pain such as tight hips and glutes or stiff shoulders, within a deeply relaxing and nourishing massage. Most of the work will be done in a side-lying position which is safe and comfortable for pregnancy. A client commented recently:
“I have had regular treatments with Sarah throughout my whole pregnancy and she has really helped ease the pain I was having in my hips, back, neck and feet. Sarah has helped me massively, getting me out of pain and after each session I have a much needed great night’s sleep. I have felt very safe in her hands and will continue to have more massages after our baby arrives. ” TH
What is involved in a treatment?
A first appointment with me is usually 15 minutes longer than usual to allow us to talk through your reasons for coming for massage and what you hope to get from the session. If you’ve come with a specific pain issue or long term condition I’ll ask you about that. We’ll also have a brief discussion of your medical history and I’ll ask you about any medication you’re taking, in case there are any issues which I need to bear in mind when treating you. I’ll explain what the treatment will involve and check that you’re comfortable with that.
Then I’ll ask you to get undressed down to your underwear and get onto the massage couch and under a towel and I’ll leave the room while you do that. You’ll always be covered by towels during the treatment, with just the area I’m working on uncovered.
I usually begin the massage with some work over the towels and then I’ll use a combination of techniques with and without massage oil or wax. I’ll often include techniques from traditional swedish massage as well as some stretching and other techniques from remedial massage, sometimes known as sports massage. The oil or wax can include some blended aromatherapy oils if you’d like that.
I’ll check with you during the treatment how it feels to you. You may experience some strong sensations, particularly if you’ve come to me with a specific pain condition, but the sensations should feel positive. People often describe these as “good pain” or “releasing pain” and say “that feels like what it needs”. There should never be any “bad pain” or anything that feels too strong for you.
You may find if you’ve had massage elsewhere in the past that I work quite slowly compared with some therapists. I’ve learned that working slowly and specifically allows me to get deeply into problem areas without causing pain to the person receiving the treatment. Working slowly also allows the body to relax deeply, which not only helps the healing process but also feels very pleasant.
I’ll let you know when we’ve reached the end of the treatment and then I’ll leave the room for a few minutes to allow you to get dressed.
If getting on and off a massage table is likely to be a problem, some of the techniques can be applied with you sitting in a chair, or on a special massage chair. I’m happy to discuss these and any other concerns which you might have about massage, particularly if you’ve not tried it before, so feel free to get in touch.