Massage therapy involves the rubbing and kneading of tissues and muscles in the human body. The aim is to relieve stress, tension, pain and other ailments, thereby promoting healing and enhancing a person’s health and well-being. Today it is commonly used alongside conventional medicine as part of palliative care plans. It has proven beneficial for tackling the pain, discomfort and emotional distress associated with a terminal illness.
Deep Tissue Massage aims to realign deeper layers of connective tissue and muscles in order to relieve pain and restore natural movement. It is commonly used to treat chronic aches and pains and tension in the neck, back and shoulders.
Chronic muscle tension is caused by adhesion – ligaments and bands of painful rigid tissue. Adhesion can block our circulation, causing inflammation and limiting our movement. A deep tissue massage can help to break down adhesion via the application of slow, pressurised movements, with deep strokes and finger pressure. This is to ensure the entire sub-layer of muscles and the fascia is stimulated.
Myofascial Release is often used to treat myofascial pain syndrome. This pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder caused by sensitivity and tightness in your myofascial tissues. These tissues surround and support the muscles throughout your body. The pain usually originates from specific points within your myofascial tissues called “trigger points.”
Myofascial Release focuses on reducing pain by massaging and stretching the areas that feel rigid with light manual pressure, resulting in easing the tension and tightness in the trigger points. Because localizing pain to a specific trigger point is very difficult, Myofascial Release is often used over a broad area of muscle and tissue rather than at single points.
Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure with the thumbs, fingers and hands to certain areas of the feet, hands and ears. The aim is to relieve stress and tension, thereby promoting healing and general health and well-being.
Reflexology treatment is based on the principle that certain areas of the feet, hands and ears, called reflexes, are linked to other areas of the body through the nervous system. Hence, massaging the reflexes helps to stimulate the nervous system to heal the body.
Aromatherapy is treatment of illnesses using essential oils. It works in two different ways: through sense of smell and through skin absorption.Therapeutic oils on entering the body through massage and inhalation help to enhance health and cure disorders like body stiffness and pain.
One of the reasons it has been so successful is due to its holistic approach. However, if you are in pain or suspect an infection, it is important to consult your GP before turning to aromatherapy.