About my Massages

The usual routine for a Remedial/Deep-Tissue massage for new patient will be as follows:

History

Here I will spend significant time to find out as much relevant information ranging from previous injuries to hobbies and work patterns. This can be crucial in determining the cause of the problem.

Visual Check

How often and how long are you actually able to disconnect from life? Massage has been shown to help the body enter a relaxing rest-and-recovery mode – an effect that lingers long after the massage is over. 

Feel

Palpation, or feeling the affected area, aims to check for any muscle imbalance and the integrity of the surrounding joints and muscles.

Movement

If not immediately clear where a problem may be originating from, some moves will be performed in order to try and pinpoint to exact area of concern.

Massage

Once the problem has been identified, and if the problem can be aided and treated by massage and mobilisations, then massage is the next step. Massage generally involves three stages (though within each stage there may be several different components):

  1. The first is to relax the patient, increase blood flow, and prepare the muscles for further deep tissue work.
  2. The second stage involves a little more contact with muscles and is designed to loosen any adhesions and increase lymphatic flow.
  3. The third stage is probably what most people associate with massage – fast moving hands with loud clapping noises. This stage is designed to induce muscle tone and helps the muscles to contract a little after all the softening of the previous stages.

In between steps two and three there are a number of techniques which can be used depending on the nature of the problem. In some cases it is more beneficial to use trigger point therapies. These methods are more directly linked to the actual treating of the muscle pain in question.

Sometimes these are not needed and the best treatment after a good massage is to use voluntary contraction and release methods otherwise known as PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation). It may be necessary to use any of these other techniques but in some cases a combination of two or three may be used depending upon the situation.
During the massage you may need to remove all clothes to your underwear to improve access to the whole body. However, only the part under treatment will be exposed, and the rest of the body will be covered by towels to keep you warm and comfortable at all times.
To reduce the time it takes for muscles to warm up before I can increase the pressure I sometimes use an infrared heat lamp,  appreciated by many especially on colder days.

Mobilisations

These are movements performed after the massage while the muscles are still soft and warm. The mobilisations are designed to complement the massage and aid the recovery process.

Rehabilitation advice

To gain the most from the massage treatment, a series of additional exercises between treatments may be required. This may be of particularly importance to professional or semi-professional sportspeople, or those employed in physical jobs, where speed of recovery is vital.

Deep-Tissue massage

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.

It is especially helpful for:
  • chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders
  • recovering from accidents, and for sports injuries as it increases blood circulation in muscles that are underused, relieves chronic muscle tension throughout the body, and can also break down scar tissue and “knots” deep in the muscles

Hot-Stones massage

Hot Stone Therapy is a form of body work that involves the application of heated stones to the body within the content of a therapeutic/deep tissue massage. Two kinds of stones are used in this treatment. Seven placement stones are place on the key energy points of the body (chakras) to stimulate them and to balance and calm the mind, body and soul. Twelve smooth, round stones are heated to luxurious warmth, oiled and used in the palms of the hands to massage the body.
 
  • Heat penetrates deeply, prompting profound relaxation, increased detoxification, and relief of long-standing muscular tension, stress and fatigue
  • those experiencing a Hot- Stones massage will notice a healing improvement of the following symptoms: Poor circulation, Stress, anxiety and tension Insomnia, Depression, Muscular aches, pains, sprains, and strains, Rheumatic and arthritic conditions and Fibromyalgia
''Been seeing Istvan for 2 years now, and have received excellent treatment. With his help I have had huge improvement in my symptoms. Can’t recommend him highly enough.''
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Brian
Manager