Regardless of whether you’re looking for a sports massage or simple relaxation, it is the action of applying pressure on the body using either the hands or a device to apply tension, or vibration to help improve a general sense of well-being. Typically massage is carried out using the hands (including fingers), elbows and even the feet. One of the most obvious benefits is enabling the body to feel more relaxed.
It is estimated that up to 90% of disease is related to stress. Much of the stresses we experience are held as tension in the body. Massage has been proven to be a very effective method to relieve tension.
Studies have even shown that massage can decrease anxiety, enhance your sleep, provide you a sense of extra energy, while reducing any fatigue and the benefits are profound. It has even been shown to help those who suffer from arthritis, asthma, burn victims and even some neurological disorders.
Relaxation styles of massage offer gentle techniques. The goal, or intention, of relaxation massage is to reduce stress, promote overall wellness, relax muscles, diminish pain, and move body fluids (such as blood) to nourish cells and help remove waste products.
Clinical styles of massage (otherwise referred to as medical or clinical massage) differ from relaxation because they focus on therapeutic goals (for example releasing muscle spasms or strengthening or stretching specific muscles affected by an injury). Here, the primary focus is on treating a specific problem
They use more specific manipulation of the muscle and/or surrounding connective tissue and may address other systems in the body such as the lymphatic, circulatory, and nervous systems.
If you are actively involved in sports, your body will inevitably be placed under certain pressures and sometimes this can result in an injury. Our sports massage therapists can help treat the injury and speed up recovery as well as strengthen your body to help avoid any future similar problems from happening again.
If you would like to find out more about how one of our massage therapists in Portishead or Thornbury can help you, please give us a call and we will be more than happy to help.