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Massage therapy promotes relaxation and may help ease aches and pains.

Massage in a general term – you may also come across the terms Swedish massage, sports massage and remedial massage. This list is not exhaustive: other forms of massage exist. Each type of massage has its own specific methods.

What happens during a massage?

Typically, a full body massage lasts for an hour. During the treatment, towels will be used to ensure your modesty. Your therapist may use oils, creams or talc during the massage. These can help nourish the skin, and allow a fluid free flowing massage.

your body responds to a massage in two main ways. Firstly, there’s a physical effect on your body for example, by helping to reduce muscle stiffness, or increase join mobility. Then there are psychological benefits too – such as feelings of relaxation and well-being.

After your treatment

To gain maximum benefit from your massage, try to rest afterwards – this helps your body’s natural healing process, and you can enjoy the relaxing effects of the massage, too.

avoid eating a heavy meal in the 2 hours following a treatment, and try to avoid alcohol and tobacco for at least 24hrs. Drink plenty of water – this helps flush away toxins. If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to ask your therapist for advice

Potential benefits of massage are believed to be include:

  • Enhanced feelings to relaxation and contentment
  • Relief from pain, e.g back pain, stress and tension
  • The release of endorphins, the body’s feel good hormones
  • Improved blood and lymph circulation
  • Increased energy levels and feelings of vitality
  • Injury recovery
  • A general sense of health and well-being