Massage is perhaps one of the oldest healing traditions. Many cultures and civilizations including the Egyptians, Ancient Greeks and Chinese believed in the therapeutic properties of massage and it was used to treat a variety of ailments. Massage therapy involves a trained therapist kneading or manipulating muscles and soft-tissue to improve the wellbeing or health of their client. It is can involve moving and applying pressure to the muscles, tendons and ligaments.
There can be a wide variety of techniques for massage, which will vary depending on the needs of the client including pressure and the intensity, and your therapist will work with you to find the most appropriate treatment for your requirements. There has been a lot of research indicating that massage can be an effective treatment to manage:
- Chronic and acute muscle pain
- General muscle soreness such as post workout
- Soft tissue injuries
- High blood pressure by helping to increase circulation
Benefits of massage
One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. Massage prompts the release of endorphins, a chemical in the brain that produce feelings of wellbeing. It also reduces the amount of stress hormones that are produced. You will also notice physical benefits following a massage that may include:
- Reduced muscle tension
- Improved circulation
- Increased joint mobility and flexibility
- Improved recovery of soft tissue injuries
- Heightened mental alertness
- Reduced anxiety and depression.
Different types of massage
There are a number of different types of massage available. At Urban Recharge, we offer the following:
This is a more therapeutic massage that is designed to treat the symptoms of ongoing issues or injuries. Your therapist will work out a plan to provide the best treatment to suit your individual needs, in order to restore normal health and function. It will usually involve deep tissue massage and strong pressure
This massage is more about providing a calming experience and providing you with an overall feeling of relaxation and restoration. It will involve a much lighter pressure and generally won’t focus on any specific or problem areas.
Combine with other therapies
Massage works great in combination with our float or sauna services. Whether you are looking for a relaxing experience to recharge your mind and body or have some ongoing issues you need to address, you could combine a massage appointment with a float or sauna session. Both offer great benefits for both mental and physical health so talk to us today about what might work best for you.