What is massage therapy?
Massage can be defined as the systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for a therapeutic effect. Soft tissues include that of the muscular system (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia). These soft tissues are made more pliable through massage to promote circulation and blood flow and bring about healing effects which can be both physiological and psychological.
Who can benefit from massage?
Most people will benefit from regular massage treatments including those with conditions such as:
- Back pain
- Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis
- Stress and stress-related conditions, for stress relief
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains
- Repetitive strain injury, e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome
- Circulatory and respiratory problems
- Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation
Types of massage therapy offered at The Fitness Clinic
- Deep tissue
- Swedish (relaxation)
Benefits of massage therapy
Regular massage treatments have been shown to enhance general well-being as well as the following:
- Improved range of motion and joint flexibility
- Help athletes of any level recover from workouts
- Promote tissue regeneration
- Relief of tight/weak muscles
- Myofasical trigger point (knot) release
- Relax injured, tired and overused muscles
- Correct postural imbalances (in conjunction with a strengthening program)
- Relief from headaches and general postural pain
- Overall release of endorphins, the bodyâ€™s natural pain killer and â€˜feel goodâ€™ messengers
After a strenuous workout, muscle cells become damaged and are prone to inflammation. Having a massage post-workout may help to decrease exercise-induced muscular inflammation, thereby improving recovery time.
A pre-event massage is a short, specific treatment given immediately before (30 minutes – 24 hours before) a sports event. The goal of the massage is to increase your circulation, flexibility and mental clarity to improve your performance. It should be used to compliment the warm-up routine and can help prepare the muscles that will be used during the activity.