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:
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 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.
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 in 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.
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