Manipulation of soft tissue in the body encourages muscles to relax and increases blood flow to the area. Remedial Massage doesn’t just feel good. It reduces the heart rate and blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxes muscles, improves range of motion, and increases serotonin and endorphins in the brain.
It brings oxygen and nutrients to the tissue and removes toxins and “rubbish” entrapped in the muscles. It can help prevent or alleviate pain, discomfort, muscles spasm, and stress.
It also improves functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems and may improve the rate at which the body recovers from injury and illness. The immediate improvement is thought to be due mainly to the boost in blood flow to the afflicted area. The increased blood flow both brings in much needed oxygen and nutrients, and also “takes out the rubbish” that often builds up in injured or overused muscles.
The reduction of pain and increase in flexibility can often be felt after just one session.
Sports Therapy is more muscle specific and generally deeper than other muscle therapy techniques used in Remedial Massage. Though it can be more intense than a more general session, I do not believe in the old adage “no pain, no gain”. I work with the “edge” concept, meaning that I keep the sensation to a tolerable limit during your session. Most people tolerate these techniques well and even enjoy the feeling of “a good hurt”. You are in control of how deep I go, and I will always “lighten up” if you need me to by using this “edge” concept.
The individual muscles and muscle groups are isolated and worked specifically during a Sports Therapy session, and different techniques are incorporated to return the muscle to normal. I tend to blend different techniques and methods into your session as needed, including Trigger Point Therapy.
Remedial Massage and Sports Therapy is done by Cathy Genevie at the Back and Neck Clinic.
What conditions can Remedial massage or Sports Therapy help?
- Muscle and joint stiffness
- Chronic or acute muscle pain anywhere, but particularly in the back, neck, and shoulders
- Chronic conditions such as tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fascitis, temporal-mandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, headaches
- Stress and tension
You may also want a more general Therapeutic Massage session just to help with feeling your best, particularly in the following areas:
- Stress Relief
- Improvement in circulation
- Increased flexibility
- Reduction in fluid retention
- Improved sleep
- A feeling of well being.
What to expect on your first session:
During your first visit you will be asked questions about your health that will be used to determine what you need in the session. I only ask questions that are necessary for me to meet your needs. A session can be as short as 30 minutes, or up to 90 minutes depending on your needs and preference. You will be covered with a sheet and only the part of the body that is being treated will be uncovered. At all times, your privacy and modesty is respected.
After a massage treatment:
After your session, you will feel calm and happily tired. You will feel more supple but perhaps a little light headed immediately after, especially if deep muscle treatments have been used. You will feel relaxed and a general pleasantness. Clients often remark after a treatment, “I didn’t know it was possible to feel this relaxed”.
If your condition has been chronic for some time, usually more than one treatment will be necessary for full improvement.