Dedicated and experienced Central Coast massage therapists aim to improve your health with a healing touch. While for some of their patients, massage is purely for relaxation, for others it helps with treatment of medical issues. Massage therapists offer relief for many ailments, ranging from neck and back pain, headache, frozen shoulder, arthritis, and depression to stress and anxiety, digestive disorders, strains, soft tissue injury and a sluggish lymphatic system. Using a range of oils, specialists use their hands to warm up muscle tissue and release tension. Massage stimulates feel-good hormones within, creating a positive effect on well-being. Techniques include remedial, sports, Swedish, rehabilitative, pregnancy, post-surgical, lymphatic drainage, deep tissue, shiatsu, reflexology, aromatherapy and hot stone. Remedial massage heals knotted or damaged tendons and is beneficial for the patient at any time. It has a direct effect on the muscular system by stretching tight muscles, reducing spasms and muscular cramps while assisting tissue regeneration. Swedish massage stimulates circulation and flushes the circulatory system, releasing tight muscles. Using long strokes, circular movements, vibration and kneading, this technique can be slow and gentle or strong and bracing. It is the foundation for many other types of massages, like sports and deep tissue. Sports massages prepare athletes for peak performance and incorporate a range of massage styles. You don’t have to be an athlete to receive this treatment, as anyone suffering chronic pain will benefit. During a rehabilitative or medical massage, a therapist manipulates soft tissue muscles, tendons and ligaments to increase the rate of healing. This technique can help with rehabilitation after injury. It can also relax
muscles, improve posture, increase circulation, lower blood pressure and improve flexibility. Pain brought about by pregnancy can often be alleviated by massage. As pregnancy develops, prenatal massages can also prepare a woman physically and emotionally for birth. A post-surgical massage may reduce scarring and inflammation caused by surgery. Massaging help breaks down hardening of tissue and helps recovery. Surgery can interfere with your lymphatic system. Lymphatic drainage massages are a gentle pressure technique used to move toxins from the affected area. If the lymphatic system isn’t functioning properly, there may be a build-up of fluid, causing a serious condition, lymphedema. Deep tissue massage techniques can have great benefits for lower back pain, particularly sciatica, tennis elbow and repetitive strain injury. They’re also advised for muscle tension in the hamstrings, legs, quadriceps and upper back. The Shiatsu massage was developed in Japan thousands of years ago. Like acupuncture, Shiatsu stimulates the body’s vital energy or “Qi,” restoring our emotional and physical awareness, reminding us that healing involves body and mind. Reflexology focuses on specific areas of the feet. Tension in the feet can indicate a corresponding part of the body is not working properly. By stimulating reflex points, the therapist may accelerate healing. During a hot stone massage, your therapist places smooth, flat, heated stones on your body. These stones may also be used to stroke the body during the massage. Many specialists on the Central Coast also offer a mobile massage service and health fund rebates. Treatments can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. A local therapist is waiting for your call.