What is massage therapy
Massage requires little introduction as it is perhaps the most instinctual response to any ache or pain. The benefits of massage are well researched, and the therapy is used around the world through every part of life from infancy to end of life.
How does massage therapy work
Massage therapy includes the manual manipulation of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, connective tissues, ligaments) and joints. Massage manually lengthens tight and congested tissues, and removes metabolic waste. Massage increases circulation and ensures adequate oxygenation and nutrient supply is delivered to the tissues.
Massage relieves stress, anxiety and tension by decreasing levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) and norepinephrine (a stress neurotransmitter), and promotes feelings of wellbeing by enhancing levels of serotonin and oxytocin (the body’s natural antidepressant and mood enhancers). Massage decreases blood pressure and heart rate and soothes the nervous system.
Massage is commonly used to relieve postural imbalance, address soft tissue injury, reduce stress and stress related tension and to enhance feelings of wellbeing,
We use only the finest organic and medicinal quality essential (plant) oils in all massage treatments.
Intouch Health offers a wide range of massage therapies, including:
Relaxing the body and mind is at the heart of all body therapies. Tailored to meet your individual needs, relaxation massage typically entails full body massage, however deep relaxation can be equally achieved when treatment focuses on particular area(s) of concern. The combination of individually blended essential (plant) oils, with the long, rhythmic strokes of Swedish massage and Kahuna body therapy is guaranteed to relax tight muscles, settle the nervous system and enhance feelings of wellbeing.
According to your individual needs, relaxation massage can range from extremely gentle, energetic holds to deeper techniques that both engage and unwind deeply held fascial and muscular tensions.
Remedial and Therapeutic massage
Remedial massage aims to restore optimum health, function and mobility to the soft tissues and joints of the body. As such, treatment focuses on specific area(s) of concern. A typical treatment is likely to include a range of therapeutic approaches, including aspects of relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, neuromuscular therapy and myofascial release. As required, treatment may include other remedial body therapy approaches, such as craniosacral therapy or lymphatic drainage. Remedial massage is always tailored to meet your specific needs and can be extremely gentle or appropriately deep. A range of assessment methods may be utilised and remedial exercises may be recommended.
Deep tissue massage
Deep tissue massage is not merely a matter of working deep. At times our greatest tensions are held in our most superficial tissues of the body, and require little pressure to elicit deep neuromuscular release. Deep tissue massage requires a thorough understanding of anatomy and pathophysiology, coupled with a range of appropriate remedial massage techniques. Treatment aims to engage and unwind deeply held fascial and muscular tensions and to restore optimum health, function and mobility to the tissues and joints of the body. Treatment is both appropriately deep, and deeply relaxing for body and mind.
Oncology Massage is tailored to meet the needs of individuals with cancer. It is appropriate for anyone who is newly diagnosed and/or receiving active treatment for cancer. It is also suitable for cancer survivors and those who are in recovery, remission or palliative care.
As with all forms of body therapy, oncology massage is tailored to meet the needs of the individual. Treatment may range from a more remedial focus of decreasing post-operative edema and scar tissue, to facilitating deep relaxation of the body and mind.
Research by Cassileth and Vickers (2004) found oncology massage significantly reduces pain, fatigue, nausea, anxiety, depression and a range of other symptoms.
Oncology massage is gentle and non-invasive. It provides a safe and supportive environment to negotiate the physical, emotional and psychological needs that come with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Life limiting illness
Supporting individuals and families living with life limiting illness is a big part of the Intouch Health practice. Services include:
~Professional massage therapy for individuals
~Relaxation techniques for individuals and families
~Personalised instruction for families/care-givers who would like to provide safe and loving touch/gentle massage to loved ones living with life limiting illness
Home or hospital visits may be arranged as required. Please contact Intouch Health to discuss your needs.
Pregnancy is a time of dynamic change and this can be both exciting and at times, a little overwhelming. Research by Tiffany Field (2010) found that massage during pregnancy reduced feelings of depression and anxiety and alleviated leg and back pain.
As with all good massage, pregnancy massage is tailored to meet the needs of the individual. Treatment may include the full body and/or may focus on specific areas of concern. Treatment includes a range of therapeutic applications, at an appropriate depth of pressure to illicit deep relaxation of body and mind.
Infant massage instruction
Providing gentle, nurturing massage to your baby or toddler may not come naturally to everyone. If you would like support in how best to provide loving touch to your infant, please contact Intouch Health to discuss your needs.
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