Over 50 ways to massage? Here are a few we practice at our Hatfield Massage Practice:
Professional massage at The Hatfield Practice starts in reception with a warm welcome. Your treatment begins with a medical style case history. The treatment will be considered alongside your medical details. Sports massage treatments involve invigorating deep soft tissue massage. Hatfield Massage treatments work with specific muscle groups and re invigorate the body and relax nerve pathways.Sports massage has many documented benefits.
Massage tends to release muscular reflexes and tissue shortening ( stiffness) that can lead to fibrosis, deep muscle pain and stiffness. The massage provides an amazing sense of lightness, freedom of movement and may help to reduce further injuries. We have been practicing massage in Hatfield since the 1990s.
Sports massage therapy is a form of deep soft tissue massage treatment. Sports massage therapists use several specific techniques to relax and improve the function of stiff massage. Patients involved in heavy physical activities, chronic working positions may be more vulnerable to injury because of the stresses placed on their body by exertion. Sports massage can relieve niggling aches and pains before they develop into more serious overuse injuries.
It can also be great for post event relaxation and recovery, and help to relieve stress, tension, and fatigue. Sports massage is generally used to provide rehabilitation from soft tissue injury, to maintain muscular conditioning and joint flexibility for competition in order to maximise athletic potential. In addition it eases the effects caused by severe exercise such as myofascial shortening i.e. restrictions in your body’s contractile (muscle) and non-contractile supportive (fascia) connective tissues. Therefore it can help keep your body flexible, aid your performance and assist you in rehabilitation from injuries. We are also very happy to provide sports and deep soft tissue massage with a Welwyn and Hatfield Osteopath as this is often quite a unique experience as it combines neuro-release techniques and manipulation if requested.
A massage treatment designed to complement your other current treatment (eg. Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, Acupuncture or Pilates) at the clinic. This treatment will be provided in conjunction with and following consultation between your clinical therapist and your massage therapist.
- Assists in the removal of waste products and helps supply the tissues with essential nutrients to aid recovery.
- Provides an opportunity to give advice on specific stretching, training and equipment to help improve performance.
- Increases blood flow so that tissues can help improve the recovery process.
A deeper form of massage using a combination of deep tissue, trigger point and neuro-muscular techniques to increase mobility, reduce joint stiffness and relieve tension.
Massage Therapy with an Osteopath
In response to requests from our patients, this additional massage option with a Welwyn and Hatfield Osteopath is now formally included in our list of available treatments. This complements our other treatments and continues our tradition of providing patients with flexibility and choice.
Manual Lymph Drainage
Manual Lymph Drainage is an advanced form of massage that aims to stimulate the lymphatic system to remove congestion and stagnation from within the body and so help it return to a healthy condition. Dr Emil Vodder, who was able to show that many chronic conditions could be alleviated with lymphatic drainage and massage techniques, developed it in the 1930’s.
A true therapist will be trained in a recognized method such as Vodder or Casley-Smith. The treatment will involve a consultation and a massage using gentle rhythmic pumping techniques. Follow up advice on diet and other ways to stimulate the lymph may also be given.
Symptoms that are said to respond well to MLD are a weakened immune system, chronic congestion (sinus etc), rheumatoid arthritis and the healing of wounds, burns and scars. MLD is also often incorporated into the treatment and control of Lymph-oedema.
Clinical & Remedial Medical Massage
Clinical and remedial massage is a form of Deep Tissue massage which can help remedy specific acute and chronic conditions such as frozen shoulder, neck pain, migraine and sciatica. This type of massage is more vigorous and uses various movement strokes to loosen your muscles. It helps break patterns of tension, relieves chronic pain, including inflammation-related pain such as tendonitis and frozen shoulder.
Originating in Japan Shiatsu is a form of massage that uses “finger pressure” applied to your main energy pathways, or meridians, within the body. This technique is similar to the practitioner using their fingers, thumbs, palms, elbows, knees (and sometimes even feet – they walk on you!), to put pressure on Acupuncture healing points. In a similar fashion to Acupuncture, Shiatsu aims to correct energy imbalances by releasing energy blockages and moving energy into areas that are depleted. This unblocks the flow of energy and encourages blood and lymphatic flow. It also promotes relaxation and strengthens your body against disease and restores balance. Shiatsu has been used to treat a range of conditions including back, neck and shoulder pain, circulatory problems, digestive disorders, sinusitis, catarrh, asthma and bronchitis, migraine, headaches, chronic fatigue and stress related problems such as anxiety and depression. Scientific research has suggested that pressure applied during treatments may encourage your body to release endorphins (natural painkillers). Some of our clients feel very relaxed and sleepy after a Shiatsu treatment, whilst others leave feeling invigorated and energised.
Classic (Swedish) Massage and Back / Shoulder Massage
A relaxation massage which aims to help the body to rid itself of accumulated toxins by incorporating deep tissue techniques to help stimulate the body’s circulatory and lymphatic systems and lighter techniques to encourage relaxation and soothe the nervous system.
Bowen Technique is a gentle and non-invasive holistic treatment that aims to restore balance to the body by using small, gentle moves to specific areas of the body. Because the therapy is so gentle, it is considered to be suitable for all ages. The precise, light movements are applied either directly on the skin or through light clothing to the muscles, tendons or ligaments. A delicate, cross-fibre movement is used to release tension and energetic blocks held in the muscles, allowing the body to re-balance itself naturally and therefore maximise the potential for healing.
The technique was developed in Australia by Thomas A Bowen (1916-1982). Although he did not explain or document his theory of how the Bowen Technique worked, he did allow six apprentices to study his methods with him during his lifetime. Bowen continually developed his methods of treatment and as the apprentices studied with him at different times of the evolution of his therapy, this resulted in slightly different emphasis on the various methods by the students. Oswald Rentsch studied with Bowen for two and a half years and was commissioned by Bowen to teach the method to others. The Bowen Technique is now being taught and practised in Australia, North America, New Zealand, Europe and the United Kingdom.
A Bowen treatment usually takes place with the client lying on a couch or sitting in a chair. A practitioner uses his fingers and thumbs to ‘roll’ the muscles and connective tissue using gentle pressure at specific points. Many of the points used correspond to the trigger points used in massage or the acupressure points. The movements assist blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, helping to clear toxins from the body. A session usually lasts from half an hour to an hour with frequent pauses between movements to allow the body time to assimilate changes. The client is left to rest at the end of the treatment for the same reason.
Symptoms that may respond well to the Bowen Technique include back pain, sciatica, neck and shoulder problems, sports injuries, migraines and headaches, menstrual problems, chronic fatigue and stress related problems.