Massage can be used to treat a range of muscular injuries and conditions, from whiplash and pulled hamstrings to tight shoulders and back strain associated with pregnancy. Many different massage techniques can be used to reduce pain, enhance performance, improve range of movement and aid recovery.
Remedial massage therapy simply means using manual therapy techniques to try to “remedy” a problem. But to offer a remedy you must do more than just relieve pain; you must also be able to understand how the problem came about and how it can be avoided in the future.
Sport massage is a specialist area within Remedial massage therapy which applies all the same techniques and principles in a way that best meet the specific needs of the athlete. As well as dealing effectively with a variety of musculoskeletal problems this therapy can also be used to help in recovery and reduce the symptoms in many medical conditions too.
Pregnancy or pre-natal massage is a massage therapy specifically tailored for the expectant mother’s needs.
Pregnancy is a time of great change, your centre of gravity will alter and this can put additional stresses on your back, neck, shoulders and abdomen. As your baby grows you may start feeling the strain. Massage is a popular complementary therapy during pregnancy pain, when choices for pain relief, such as medication, are often limited.
Not only can massage be physically beneficial, but the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy.
Pregnancy massage therapy has been found to reduce anxiety and depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labour outcomes and newborn health.
Natalie earned her Pregnancy Massage Diploma in 2013, and is fully qualified Pregnancy Massage Therapist.