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.
Mr Mustafa Baygun, Massage Therapist offers Massage Therapy & Reflexology at The Health Equation. He receives patient referrals from Mr Gerry Gajadharsingh and the other clinicians at The Health Equation as part of their clinical care. He is also qualified to offer massage during pregnancy.
Patients are of course also able to self-refer to Mustafa for Massage Therapy and are able to book online through our website or call the practice on 020 7631 1414 to book an appointment. Mustafa is available at The Health Equation London on Monday’s.
Mustafa offers different forms of massage therapy depending on the patient’s condition and preference, standard consultations last 60 minutes but he also has extended 90 and 120 minute consultations available. New patients are suggested to book for 90 minutes, to allow enough time for an assessment and treatment, if the patient has not previously seen a clinician from The Health Equation