In modern day life, a good health goal for many people is to create a balance in body and mind while managing a busy life be it with your career, family, social life or other daily stresses. To optimise your ability to maintain this balance self-care is critical. We need to be mindful about taking care of ourselves and fitting in time for ourselves in order if we want to be the best can be.
Just like exercising once does not build a foundation of cardiovascular fitness, nor does eating one healthy meal help us lose weight, getting a massage one-time will not fix our aching bodies or an injury. Just like exercise and eating a healthy diet, regular massage therapy will help our body and mind stay relaxed and ready for the life stressors. Alongside this, if only for 30 minutes or an hour, a massage helps you escape from the stresses of daily life, have time for yourself and ultimately optimise your health & wellbeing.
At The Thornbury Clinic we offer a range of massage therapy services – including Remedial Massage, Sports Massage and Relaxation Massage. While all these massage therapies work on improving soft tissue quality, reducing pain and enhancing relaxation they all have unique differences which are explained below:
Sports massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity. Sports massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma. The application of regular sports massage, prior to and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury.
Remedial massage therapy is a treatment-oriented therapy which deals with the assessment and treatment of injuries, chronic conditions and musculo-skeletal conditions. It involves the treatment of the muscles, fascia (connective tissue), ligaments and tendons which are prone to overuse, overloading, shortening or lengthening. Your Remedial Massage therapist will formulate a treatment plan, which may include several different styles of massage including deep tissue massage and even passive stretching. The goal is to stimulate blood flow to the damaged or painful area, to promote faster healing and enhance neurological relaxation.
A Relaxation Massage helps de-stress and relax up your body and mind and is great for those who have had a hard-working week or feel like treating themselves to some TLC! A Relaxation Massage consists of flowing strokes, kneading and gentle manipulations of the muscles performed at your chosen pressure. It is a pain-free way to relax both your muscles and your mind.