Whether you’ve heard stories of Swedish and Thai massages or tales of trigger point therapy, we can’t blame you for being a tad confused. After all, where do therapeutic massages fit in? Fortunately, our latest blog is clearing up all your reflexology-related questions, with our expert practitioners revealing the real reasons behind therapeutic massages.
There’s an important distinction to make, namely, the difference between therapeutic massages and those purely for relaxation. It’s easy to picture yourself lounging in a health spa, robed in a crisp white dressing gown, when we hear the word ‘massage’. Whilst this focus on relaxation is true for massages marketed to a luxury audience, it simply doesn’t do justice for therapeutic massages. Designed to deliver holistic and measurable health benefits, our Newcastle massage therapy is first and foremost a form of treatment providing long-term solutions to client conditions.
What to Expect
Again, when imagining how our first massage session might play out, our pre-conceptions like to creep in. With this in mind, we’re clarifying exactly what to expect. Before beginning, our practitioner may ask about your health history. The last thing we want is to cause discomfort where it could easily be avoided. From there, we go on to use a variety of flowing movements, from stroking and gliding to kneading and applying pressure or friction. Something you’ll be reminded of is to breathe throughout the movements. As therapeutic massages target sensitive areas, maintaining a simple, steady breathing pattern can help alleviate pesky residue muscle tension.
Used since 2700 BC, there’s no doubting that therapeutic massages are well and truly tried and tested. And we have to hand it to the Ancients: they really struck gold when they developed their reflexology practices. Why’s that? Well, the myriad of health benefits has something to do with it. Whilst they certainly promote relaxation and stress-relief, they do much more than this alone. From easing muscular tension, soreness and stiffness to boosting your immune system and eliminating toxins or swelling, there’s a whole panoply of massage perks.
With invigorating health effects galore, you can experience our therapeutic massages today. Simply book your appointment at our Newcastle physiotherapy clinic by calling 0191 284 9111 or looking online for more.