Massage/Soft Tissue Therapy
Massage means to work and act on the body with pressure, massage techniques are commonly applied with the hands, fingers, elbows and forearm. Massage is a treatment which aims to relax revive and heal the body. Using manual hands-on movements and manipulation of the soft tissues and muscles of the body, the therapy works to promote healing and enhance a person’s overall well-being.
There are many forms of massage therapy, each with their own benefits. It used to be thought of as a luxury, only available to those who can afford it. Treatment is now generally available for anyone weather for relaxation purposes, sports recovery or for pain relief.
The word massage comes from the French massage “friction or kneading”, or from the Arabic word massa meaning to “touch or feel” or from Latin massa, meaning “mass or dough”
Peer reviewed medical research has shown that the benefits of massage include pain relief, reduced Great anxiety and depression and temporarily reduced blood pressure, heart rate and states of anxiety. Additional testing has shown an immediate increase and expedited recovery period for muscle performance especially in sport. Theories behind what massage might do include blocking nociception (pain gate control theory), activating the parasympathetic nervous system (which may release endorphins and serotonin) and preventing fibrosis or scar tissue, increasing the flow of lymph and general circulation and improving sleep, but such effects are yet to be supported by well-designed clinical studies.
The origin of reflexology is based on evidence as long ago as 4000 BC in China and Egypt. Modern reflexology is based on an ancient form of therapy and modified in the 1930s /40s by Eunice D.Ingham a nurse and physiotherapist. Reflexology is a therapeutic method of relieving pain and discomfort by stimulating predefined pressure points called reflex points on the feet and hands . It is also known as zone therapy .
The reflexologist manipulates the reflex points according to specific techniques of reflexology therapy .
The reflex points are very specific and they are correspond to different body organs and systems and that pressing them creates real benefits for the person’s health .
The benefits of reflexology may include its ability to stimulate nerve function, boost circulation and energy, induce a deep state of relaxation and speed up our innate healing mechanism.
Gerry can refer you to central London based Massage Therapists who practice an integrated approach.