SWEDISH MASSAGE – Heidi Spindler
It is not necessary to be ill or suffering from any kind of injury in order to benefit from a massage. The sense of well-being that can be invoked by a massage is wonderful and allowing yourself the indulgence of an hour when the world cannot encroach is extremely therapeutic.
As prevention is always better than cure, a little time spent this way can save a fortune on pills and potions and in lost working hours.
Perhaps massage is needed now more than ever since life can be so pressurised these days. The stresses and strains placed on the body by modern living can be extremely injurious but if the body is allowed to fully relax, its self-healing abilities can be quite awesome.
SPORTS MASSAGE – Jon Muscaty
Sports massage therapy is designed to be of benefit to people working in sports or other physically demanding pursuits such as dance. It also deals with other forms of stress such as postural imbalance and occupational factors.
Massage has been around in one form or another since the beinning of mankind; as a recognised therapy within modern health-care it is relatively new. Sports massage therapy combines ancient and modern therapy skills with a scientific understanding of how the body functions and dysfunctions, creating a very versatile method of treatmant with wide-ranging benefits.
The prime purpose of massage is to help alleviate stress and tension that can build up in the body’s soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments). In sport, this work takes on a special role in helping to enhance performance and prevent injury, by promoting recovery and monitoring the condition of the tissues.
- Release muscle tension build-up and soreness
- Identify problem areas before they manifest as injury
- Analyse muscular imbalance
- Speed recovery from injury
- Treat acute, post-acute and chronic injuries.
As well as the general therapeutic value of massage, it can also safely and effectively treat minor soft tissue injuries. These are by far the most common of all injuries, which often cause considerable pain and dysfunction in the short term, and may lead to long term problems. Most injuries in sport or dance are of an overuse nature. The root cause of this overuse needs to be identified and preventive mesures taken,otherwise injury is likely to recur. In life itself, painful conditions often result from long term postural and/or occupational stresses, which also need to be identified and altered if possible.
Many techniques are used in sports massage therapy : Soft Tissue Release and Muscle Energy Technique are powerful, but gentle techniques, both using movement. Myo-fascial Release and Neuro-muscular Technique can effectively release tension over a wide area.
Jon Muscaty | Heidi Spindler