Massage Therapy can aid in healing of the body’s soft tissues, improve function, facilitate pain relief, reduce tension and encourage relaxation.
At Carlingford Active Health , we offer the following massage techniques:
Remedial massage is one of the most popular forms of massage therapy, encompassing a full range of soft tissue techniques used by massage therapists. The primary aim is to treat symptoms and find the root cause of your problem. Various massage techniques are adopted within this collective title, including myofascial release, deep-tissue massage and trigger point therapy to specifically target your problem muscles, soft tissues and joints. The techniques may be gentle or firm, deep or shallow, depending on your preference and what the issue requires.
Swedish massage is primarily a relaxation massage aiming to help reduce stress, promote healing and loosen up your body. It is great for those who have had a hard working week or feel like treating themselves to some TLC!
Swedish massage consists of long flowing strokes, effleurage, kneading and gentle manipulations (friction, tapping, percussion, vibrations and shaking) of your muscles performed at your pressure of choice in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to your heart. It is pain free to relax and invigorate both your muscles and your mind. Additional benefits include shortening recovery time from muscular strain, increased circulation without increased heart load, stretching of ligaments and tendons, skin stimulation and soothing of the nervous system.
Sports massage is typically the deepest of all massage forms. It is designed to prevent and relieve injuries and conditions that are associated with all forms of exercise, either gentle or intense. Contrary to its name, sports massage is not only for elite sports people or those that exercise heavily. It is of benefit to anyone that exercises, even if it is only mild exercise such as regular walking.
Sports massage can often be quite strenuous as it is meant to relieve and reduce the stress and tension through various lines of fascia and neural pathways that can build up within the body’s soft tissues. Appointments can be made before, during, or after playing sport or exercising. The technique adopted would be tailored to your specific needs of increasing endurance and performance, restoring pain free movement, minimising the chances of injury and, if there is an injury, to reduce the recovery time.
Pregnancy massage has many positive benefits. Regular massage treatments throughout pregnancy can help to keep the body and mind relaxed. Often it is assumed a massage needs to be deep to experience the benefits however a gentler massage can be equally as effective.
Benefits of pregnancy massage:
- Reduces muscle tension
- Fewer headaches and leg cramps caused from muscle tension
- Can help realign vertebrae by reducing muscle tension
- Lowers stress levels
- Increases relaxation
- Improves joint range of motion
- Improves circulation
- Reduces fluid retention