What is Therapeutic Massage?
Therapeutic massage is the mobilisation of soft tissue (such as muscle, fascia and body fluids) in order to restore normal systemic and biomechanical/functional use.
It combines techniques from Swedish massage, deep tissue, sports and even Thai massage into one assorted treatment aimed at relieving stubborn conditions such as sciatica, trapped nerves, osteoarthritis and more.
Therapeutic goals can vary considerably between clients.
Like all massage treatments, there is no age limit so everyone can benefit.
In some cases, massage is recommended by a health professional and may be performed as part of a larger treatment plan.
It can be used to assist in the treatment of most musculoskeletal and associated problems, and regular sessions result in improved circulatory, lymphatic as well as neurological functioning.
While therapeutic massage is often relaxing, the end goal of the session or series of sessions is not relaxation.
As part of a physiotherapy plan, regular therapeutic massage sessions can loosen muscles, improve tone and increase flexibility.
Therapeutic Massage London - What to Expect
A therapeutic massage in Leyton starts with a free consultation, this allows your therapist to learn a bit about you but also understand what you expect to get out of your treatment.
After you fill in a short form, your Artisa Spa therapist will show you to a treatment room where you will be given instructions to prepare for your massage.
Using Swedish massage techniques, the affected areas and surrounding tissues will be warmed up and prepared.
These areas vary greatly between clients and depend on the underlying issue but the warm-up procedure is the same for everyone.
Then using an assorted mixture of massage techniques your therapist will work towards achieving your goals.
Relaxing music during the massage can help you unwind and is even said to be healing.
Don't be afraid to say if you'd prefer not to have it - or indeed if you're unhappy with anything else in the treatment room. Being content in your surroundings is very important for relaxation and will help you sink happily into your massage.
The same goes for talking.
Artisa Spa therapists are very sensitive to how much their client wants to communicate and will limit or encourage conversation accordingly.
Some people like to chat a bit; others don't.
It doesn't matter as long as you're comfortable, relaxed and receptive.
Once your treatment has been completed you will feel very relaxed and maybe even sleepy, so give yourself some time to unwind.
Savour the feeling of having all of your muscles gently stretched and smoothed out.
All massage treatments can leave you feeling thirsty and needing to go to the toilet more than usual - this is because the massage has stimulated your lymphatic fluid circulation and your body is flushing out toxins.
Drinking plenty of water afterwards as you're slowly drifting back to planet Earth can aid this process.
If a therapeutic massage is what you need, then don't hesitate! Book your first session now - your body will thank you!