Massage techniques help move interstitial fluid, blood and lymph; boost distribution of nutrients to the cells of the body and remove waste. As waste is washed out fresh nutrients move in. Capillaries enlarge increasing blood circulation. Massage strokes help direct venous blood back towards the heart and lymph along lymphatic vessels.

Massage helps to loosen connective tissue of the skin, muscle and fascia. It also helps break down adhesions caused by injury or the repair of micro-tears in muscle after exercise or repetitive strain. Small, localized stretching is generated in the muscle while it is massaged, encouraging it to lengthen, improving flexibility and muscle tone. A similar action happens to blood vessel walls helping improve their elasticity and functionality.

During a massage session

  • A consultation will be taken which will include relevant medical questions
  • Massage is normally performed on a massage couch
    • I prefer to work on a futon at floor level
    • Though I use a couch where appropriate
  • Expect to undress
    • How far depends on the areas you choose to have massaged
    • Sheets and towels are used to help maintain your modesty
  • Oil, lotion or wax is generally used to help the practitioners strokes flow across the skin
    • My preference is to use macadamia oil
    • If nut oils are unsuitable then grapeseed oil
  • A session, including consultation, will last an hour, unless otherwise arranged

After care

  • To make the most of the session rest or take it easy after the treatment
  • Healing reactions caused by the release of toxins or emotions may be experienced
  • Drink plenty of water to flush out any toxins released

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