All cultures have their own forms of massage and touch therapies.
How it works
Massage improves blood and lymphatic fluid circulation. Improving circulation enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells. As cellular health improves, muscle tissue functions more efficiently. More efficient functioning muscle tissue leads to the removal of waste products and increases the absorption of excess fluids. Thus massage reduces swelling in soft tissues.
When muscle tissue is supplied with blood and nutrients with the assistance of massage, muscles function better and move more freely, improving movement, posture and reducing pain.
Muscles should only harden when we physically exert ourselves – extra blood is pumped into them, much like a tyre hardens when it’s inflated with air. When our muscles are idle, they should feel flaccid. When massage is applied to muscles, tendons and ligaments, it relaxes these tissues, reducing painful nerve compression that can result from contracted, restricted muscle tissue.
When your muscles are massaged, they stretch and flex more easily, your posture improves, your sleep is more restful and you will feel better able to cope with stress.
Most commonly treated conditions
These include lower back pain, sciatica, neck and shoulder stiffness, frozen shoulder, headaches, migraines, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, jaw tension, shin splints, RSI, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow and muscle-induced knee pain.
At Wholistic Medical Centre, through Red Tent, we also offer trained pregnancy massage, including support for pubic symphisitis and sleep difficulties during pregnancy.
What to expect at your first appointment
You’ll be asked to fill in a patient history form and briefly discuss your specific treatment needs. Clients are always given gowns and no one is required to remove underwear. If you prefer oil not to be used on your skin that’s fine. Some massage can be performed through a towel and clothing.
How long does it take to treat a condition?
Generally, long-term, severe and recurring conditions take longer to alleviate than milder, less severe muscle and joint problems. The younger and fitter you are, the quicker you’re likely to respond to treatment. The effectiveness of the massage will be clear in 4 to 6 treatment sessions, perhaps sooner.