As we go through life many of us develop physical strengths and weaknesses. This leads to imbalance which often results in joint pain. Massage therapists are trained in locating muscles that are overworked (strong) and underworked (weak) and manually massaging them to restore balance.
Remedial massage aims to work deeply into muscle tissue to locate and release areas that are either fatigued or weak to restore mechanical balance in your body. Advice is often given to help strengthen weak areas and/or stretch others.
Relaxation massage allows you to switch off giving the nervous system a chance to unwind, and for your whole body to re-charge. An effective antidote to our often over-stimulated bodies and minds.
Sports massage looks to stimulate fatigued joints & muscle groups from your chosen sport. Almost all sports cause muscular asymmetry. Firstly sports massage aims to release central stress points in muscle tissue and aim delivery of blood and oxygen to the area. An effective sports massage also aims to restore balance between under-utilized and over-utilized muscles.
TCM has literally over thousands of years been used to observe, treat and restore balance. It has, in only the last 20-30 years been used in the Western world as a complementary medicine. The amount of credible, science-based evidence for TCM continues to grow.
Acupuncture is used to treat a wide array of disorders and help to regulate bodily functions. Science suggests it has an effect on the brain via stimulation of specific points.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is used to treat a wide range of health issues and is often used in conjunction with acupuncture therapy or on its own. Chinese herbs can also be used alongside conventional medication to minimise side effects.
Moxibustion is used to stimulate healing through burning a herb over a specific acu-point. The herb resembles a cigar, emits a pleasant warmth to the point.
Tuina massage is a massage style which means pressing, rubbing, pushing and grasping.It refers to the type of bodywork practised within TCM. It is firm and stimulating and often used in conjunction with the above systems in TCM.
Pilates is an exercise style that involves training your muscles to improve posture and alignment. By focusing on your core strength & muscle length you enhance the deep core (postural) muscles in the body so you’re better able to support the larger ligaments, tendons and joints. This enables movement with greater efficiency and less energy expended.
A Pilates workout takes the body through movements which create strength from the centre outwards, and mobility in the joints, allowing for good posture and a strong body free from tension. It is suitable for all levels of movers and assists in rebalancing the body, creating efficiency in the muscles and joints, and freeing the body of aches and pains.
There are benefits beyond better movement and strong abs though; it improves posture bringing about better breathing and digestion; reduces stress and anxiety thus strengthening the immune system; and as with all exercise the lymphatic system receives a boost – delivering hormones and nutrients, and transporting toxins and waste more efficiently.
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