Sunderland Massage Centre offers a whole range of massage and relaxation services.
- Sports Massage
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Thai Oil
- Swedish Massage
- Thai Swedish Massage
- Pregnancy Massage
- Deep Tissue Relaxing
- Muscle Energy Techniques
- Spinal Manipulation and Mobilisation
- Kinesiology Taping
- Indian Head Massage
- Foot Massage
- Nails and Beauty Treatment
The prime purpose of Sports Massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, it can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether one is an athlete, ardent keep-fitter or a once a week jogger.
This treatment is not just for the sports person: anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious (occupational, emotional and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries).
Sports massage tends to be deeper and more intense. It is based on the various elements of Swedish massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response techniques similar to Acupressure and Shiatsu. The skilled therapist brings together this blend of techniques, knowledge and advice during treatment, to work effectively with the client to bring about optimum performance and to provide injury-free training and minimise post event injuries.
Benefits and Effects
There are three areas where sports massage is used to benefit athletes.
A regular massage treatment programme based on the therapist’s understanding of anatomy and of the muscles used in a given sport and which are likely candidates for trouble. By concentrating on particular muscle groups the therapist can help the athlete maintain or improve range of motion and muscle flexibility.
Pre-event and post-event massage therapies are tailored for distinct purposes. Pre-event treatment is used as a supplement to an athlete’s warm-up to enhance circulation and reduce excess muscle and mental tension prior to competition. It is tailored to the needs of the athlete and his/her event and can be relaxing or stimulating as appropriate. Post-event massage, on the other hand, is geared towards reducing the muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that occur with rigorous exercise. Various sports massage techniques enhance the body’s own recovery process improving the athlete’s ability to return to training and competition, and reducing the risk of injury.
Even with preventative maintenance, muscles cramp, tear, bruise, and ache. Sports massage can speed healing and reduce discomfort during the rehabilitation process.
Soft tissue techniques employed by sports massage therapists are effective in the management of both acute and chronic injuries.
Trigger point techniques reduce the spasm and pain that occur both in the injured and “compensation” muscles.
Cross-fibre friction techniques can help with healing by improved formation of strong and flexible repair tissue, which is vital in maintaining full pain-free range of motion during rehabilitation.
In all cases, such massage techniques are employed in collaboration with other appropriate medical care.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage uses more pressure than most other forms of massage since it aims to stretch and loosen muscles which need attention or which have sustained injury.
The Massage Therapists at the Sunderland Massage Centre use Deep Tissue Massage to stretch and loosen muscles which need attention or which have sustained injury. Deep Tissue Massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It helps to break up and eliminate adhesions and scar tissue, releasing deeply-held patterns of tension, removing toxins, while relaxing and soothing the muscle. It is both corrective and therapeutic.
How does it work?
Deep Tissue Massage aims to release the chronic patterns of muscle tension in the body through slow strokes and deep pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibres of the muscles, tendons and fascia.
Whilst utilising Holistic Massage techniques which have a relaxing effect on the body, Deep tissue massage will include deeper work on more specific areas and may cause some soreness during or right after the massage. However, you should feel better than ever within a day or two.
How can it help you?
Unlike Swedish massage therapy, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as:
- Chronic pain
- Limited mobility
- Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Postural problems
- Osteoarthritis pain
- Muscle tension or spasm
- Back pain
- Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis
- Stress relief and stress-related conditions
- Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains
Massage therapy relieves stress. It is thought to help the body’s stress response by lowering levels of hormones such as cortisol.
In addition to the benefits listed above, massage can: promote general well-being and relaxation, whilst boosting the circulatory and immune systems to benefit blood pressure, circulation, muscle tone, digestion and skin tone.
A Typical Deep Tissue Massage Session
A typical Deep Tissue Massage at the Sunderland Massage Centre will take approximately 30 – 60 minutes, depending on whether it is a full body or back massage. A Back massage can be 30 or 45 min and include the neck and shoulders and a Full body massage lasts 60 min and includes upper chest, face and scalp.
The massage therapist may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during the deep tissue massage. You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on certain tense areas.
It is important to drink plenty of water as you can after the massage to flush metabolic waste from the tissues.
Two or three treatments are often sufficient to achieve lasting relief from many conditions, although further treatments may sometimes be required.
Clients are encouraged to return occasionally for maintenance treatments.
Thai Oil Massage
Thai Oil Massage is a treatment which integrates the elements of a Traditional Thai Massage combined with Swedish and Deep Tissue for a unique healing experience.
Using the heel of the hand (gentle acupressure), thumbs (strokes & gentle acupressure) and the palm (stroking) are massaged with a gentle to average pressure. You may choose to be massaged with baby oil combined with our Thai herbal balm or a special combination with aromatherapy oil such as lavender, jasmine which has a relaxing effect against stress or tension. It is pure relaxation.
Swedish Massage is a system of long strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration and shaking motions that apply pressure between muscles and bones, rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. Swedish Massage feels good, is relaxing and invigorating.
The main purpose of Swedish Massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Some other benefits of this massage style include shortening recovery time from muscular strain, increased circulation without increased heart load, stretching of ligaments and tendons, skin stimulation and soothing of the nervous system. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested as part of a regular program for stress management.
The sequence of techniques usually used in a session of Swedish Massage are:
- Effleurage: gliding strokes with the palms, thumbs and/or fingertips.
- Petrissage: kneading movements with the hands, thumbs and/or fingertips.
- Friction: circular pressures with the palms of hands, thumbs and/or fingertips.
- Vibration: oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the body.
- Percussion: brisk hacking or tapping.
- Passive and Active Movements: bending and stretching.
Thai Swedish Massage
Thai Swedish Massage is a mixture of our own techniques developed to give individual clients a choice of treatment that will help in pain relief, stress relief and a feeling of total harmony throughout the body and mind.
Pregnancy Massage is specifically tailored to your needs and your changing body. The therapist is trained in pregnancy massage and will adjust her techniques accordingly.
How does it work?
Pregnancy Massage can help alleviate many of the symptoms and conditions associated with pregnancy. During this amazing time of physical and emotional change, massage can be of enormous benefit to both the mother and baby. The Massage helps to prepare the body for the changes that occur during this special time and will help to promote a healthy, happy pregnancy, as well as labour and recovery period.
How can Pregnancy Massage help you?
Studies show that women who receive regular massages have fewer complications during their pregnancy and labour and that their babies are more settled and content, suffering fewer baby ailments. Although pregnancy is a wonderful time, many changes take place in the mother’s body as the baby develops. This can put strain and pressure on the joints, ligaments and organs causing some pain and discomfort which massage can help alleviate.
In addition research also shows that the baby can greatly benefit from massage as endorphins (feel good chemicals) are released by the mother during massage that are passed onto the baby. Quite often the therapist will feel your baby kick and move as it too responds to the massage treatment. It can also help with:
- Muscle tension
- Muscle spasm & cramping
- Sciatic Pain
- Swelling Oedema
- Back, neck and shoulder discomfort caused by hormonal and postural changes
- Quality of Sleep
- Reduce headaches
- Relieve heartburn
- Balance mood-swings
A typical session
Your session will be tailored to your requirements, working on areas of your choice, including the abdomen, arms/hands, feet/legs. whole back/shoulders and face and scalp.
Deep Tissue Relaxing
Deep tissue techniques are developed to penetrate into the layers of muscle, the techniques are very slow making sure the client is relaxed and feeling no pain. Working on specific areas of muscle pain helping in recovery.
Muscle Energy Techniques
Muscle Energy Techniques are popularly known as METs.
MET is believed to be particularly helpful in lengthening postural muscles, which are prone to shortening.
Theoretically the active contraction performed by the client against the resistance produced by the therapist is an isometric contraction and may therefore be helpful in strengthening muscles.
MET is therefore applied in the following circumstances:
- To stretch muscles, especially those considered to be postural rather than phasic.
- To strengthen muscles.
- To relax muscles, especially useful for treating cramping muscles.
- To help regain correct muscle function.
- To reduce localized oedema.
Spinal Manipulation and Mobilisation
Spinal manipulation is a technique that treats back pain, neck pain and other musculoskeletal conditions via the application of force to the spinal joints, with the idea being that such treatment of dysfunctional areas in the spine can restore the spine’s structural integrity, reduce pain and initiate the body’s natural healing processes.
Spinal manipulation has been practiced since ancient times, although it is commonly associated nowadays with the different types of spinal adjustments that are used by chiropractors. Spinal manipulation may involve the manual or mechanical application of various types of thrusts on the lumbar spine (lower back) or cervical spine (neck), and this treatment may be used by not only chiropractors, but also osteopathic doctors and other medical professionals.
Understanding Spinal Manipulation
There are well over 100 types of adjustment techniques used by chiropractors throughout the world. Typically, chiropractors will focus on and utilize 8 to 10 different approaches in their practice.
The common goal of most chiropractic techniques is to restore or to enhance joint function, with the general goals of resolving joint inflammation and reducing pain. Some approaches use some force (spinal manipulation), while others are more gentle (spinal mobilization).
Chiropractic Manipulation Techniques
Chiropractors adapt treatment plans to meet the specific needs of each patient. Typically, chiropractic treatment plans involve some forceful and less forceful spinal adjustment techniques during the same visit or over the course of treatment (6 to 10 visits for a typical patient).
Spinal Manipulation (High-Velocity Low-Amplitude Thrust)
The most frequently used chiropractic technique, spinal manipulation, is the traditional high-velocity low-amplitude (HVLA) thrust. The manipulation often results in an audible “pop,” as chiropractors use their hands to apply a controlled sudden force to a joint while the body is positioned in a specific way.
Spinal Mobilization (Low-Force or Gentle Chiropractic Techniques)
Some conditions (such as osteoporosis), pathology, the patient’s size, patient comfort, or patient preference, may require a gentler approach generally referred to as spinal mobilization. In addition, some patients and/or clinicians prefer mild spinal mobilization techniques that do not involve twisting of the body or a forceful thrust.
The Kinesio Taping Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio® Tex Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. The Kinesio® Taping Method is a therapeutic taping technique not only offering your patient the support they are looking for, but also rehabilitating the affected condition as well. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, Kinesio® Tex Tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.
Based upon years of clinical use, Kinesio Tex Tape is specifically applied to the patient based upon their needs after evaluation. The findings of the clinical evaluation or assessment dictate the specifics of the Kinesio® Tex Tape application and other possible treatments or modalities. With the utilization of single “I” strips or modifications in the shape of an “X”, “Y” or other specialized shapes as well as the direction and amount of stretch placed on the tape at time of application, Kinesio® Tex Tape can be applied in hundreds of ways and has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, enhance performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis.
The Kinesio Benefit
Evaluation and assessment are key in the treatment of any clinical condition. In order to get the desired results from a Kinesio Tex Tape application as well as any other treatment, a full assessment of your patient is necessary. In some cases, the treatment of a condition may require treatment of other underlying conditions as well. This assessment should include manual muscle testing, range of motion testing, gait assessment, and any other orthopedic special tests that you deem necessary. The information gained from these assessments will allow for the proper treatment protocol to be laid out. Kinesio Tex Tape can be a valuable addition to this protocol. It has been proven to have positive physiological effects on the skin, lymphatic and circulatory system, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. It can be used in conjunction with a multitude of other treatments and modalities within your clinic and is effective during the rehabilitative and chronic phases on an injury as well as being used for preventative measures.
Indian Head Massage
Indian head massage has been practised for over 1000 years, the therapy includes head, face, ears , neck, shoulders and upper arms. Indian head massage works on areas affected by mental and emotional stress.
Treatment can really help to calm the mind and is relaxing working with a firm and gentle rhythm it helps to relieve muscular discomfort and tension as well as calming the spirit and aiding relation, it also improves circulation in the head.
Nails and Beauty Treatment