The Magic of Massage

First reports of massage were seen in 2,700 BC by the ancient Chinese and formed part of their acupressure and acupuncture by James Gill

These days massage is used for both medical and relaxation purposes to help improve and maintain an individuals health and well-being. Massage has many benefits, however the most common are:

  • Relieving muscular tension
  • Relieving everyday stress
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Helping relaxation
  • Aiding sleep
  • Promoting physical well-being
  • Promoting mental well-being
  • Improving circulation and swelling

There are many different types of massage which have unique techniques and methods and most importantly, their own individual benefits. Most common massages are sports, deep tissue and pregnancy massages, however some of the more holistic massages are explained below:

Aromatherapy Massage
Aromatherapy massage uses the medicinal properties of essential oils found in plants and herbs. The essential oils are used to enhance both the physical and mental well-being of the individual. Massages can be relaxing or part of a deep tissue massage but are incredibly beneficial of individuals who are highly stressed or those who suffer with anxiety.

Indian Head Massage
Indian head massages use acupressure and massage to focus on the head, face, neck and shoulders relieving muscular tension and pressure. Headaches and migraine sufferers often find benefit with this type of massage along with those who clench their jaws, however Indian massages are also super relaxing and de-stressing.

Manual Lymphatic Massage
Commonly known as MLD this uses gentle massage and light touch to help improve the circulation in the bodies lymphatic system. The lymph system helps to reduce lymphedema and remove waste products and swelling away from tissues and back into the glands of the lymph system. Often prescribed by GPs and surgeons post surgery (such as liposuction or breast augmentation) or those who suffer with swelling, bloating and puffiness.

Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage uses iron rich stones to produce a deeply warming massage which helps the body to improve its circulation and a deep muscle relaxation. Often used as a winter treat this massage creates deep pressure but without the general pain levels due to the heat produced by the stone.

By focusing on acupressure points on the feet, reflexology helps to promote physical and mental well-being by linking points of the feet to corresponding organs through the nervous system. Best for people who are active on their feet, those suffering with hormonal imbalances and those with everyday stress and anxiety.

At bodytonic clinic we provide all the different types of massage listed above all with osteopathy, foot health treatments, pilates and yoga. In October the clinic was named ‘Practice of the Year” at the Institute of Osteopathy awards 2018. The team are ecstatic by the national award and proud of the recognition for their hard work. If you’ve not visited the clinic then book online to receive 10% off your first massage.

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Suite 10-11, Dock Offices
Surrey Quays Road
SE16 2XU
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t: 0203 606 0490

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