Massage works to loosen up tight muscles, break up adhesions in muscle fibres, and generally focuses on restoring and maintaining the full functionality of your muscles. It can help your muscles perform better and prevent injury, relieve tension and ease muscular pain. It’s especially effective on chronic aches and pains, as well as areas of the body which have contracted because of long-term tension, for example shoulders, legs and the back.
First the therapist will warm up and relax the superficial muscles, before using use deep finger, knuckle, forearm or elbow pressure and slow, firm strokes which focus on the deeper muscles, tendons and tissues.
Massage therapy does not just treat injured parts, bring relaxation to areas of the body, or reduce pain in a certain place; it can also treat the whole person. Each individual needs individual treatment, and each treatment should be done within the context of that client's whole body.