Relaxation Massage

Services at Omphysio

Massage is defined as the systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for a curative effect. Soft tissues are made more pliable through massage to promote circulation and blood flow and bring about healing effects; physical and psychological changes for general well being.

Aromatherapy

A form of massage based on the use of essential oils. Essential oils derive form the flowers, bark branches, rind or roots of plants with purported healing properties. The choice of oils will differ with each massage, as they are blended each time to the individual’s need.

(Add £5 to normal massage prices)

Can help: relaxation, stress, insomnia, emotional problems.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is a system of long strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration and shaking motions that apply pressure between muscles and bones, rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. Swedish massage feels good, is relaxing and invigorating.

The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Some other benefits include shortening recovery time from muscular strain, increased circulation without increased heart load, stretching of ligaments and tendons, skin stimulation and soothing of the nervous system. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested as part of a regular program for stress management. The sequence of techniques usually used in a session of Swedish massage are:

  • Effleurage: Gliding strokes with the palms, thumbs and/or fingertips.
  • Petri sage: Kneading movements with the hands, thumbs and/or fingertips.
  • Friction: Circular pressures with the palms of hands, thumbs and/or fingertips.
  • Vibration: Oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the body.
  • Percussion: Brisk hacking or tapping.
  • Passive and Active Movements: Bending and stretching.

The patient is required to be appropriately unclothed for the treatments, which would usually be for an hour, although longer or shorter treatments are also possible.