Will massage help reduce my pain?

Yes! The right massage therapy, at the right time, will reduce pain and support rapid tissue recovery. BUT there are lots of different types of massage so it is really important that you contact the massage therapist to discuss your needs before you start a treatment. If your body has sustained an injury it is really important that you start treatment at the right time; too soon and you could make things worse.

 

At Body Positive we always carry out an initial free telephone consultation before treatment commences to ensure that your treatment plan works for you.  

Liz is always happy to talk through any questions you may have prior to treatment so call today to get the help and advise you need.

How often should I have a massage?

The key thing about sports massage, massage for relaxation, or any type of advanced massage treatment, is to discover what works best for you and to be really clear about why you are thinking about treatment in the first place.

We would recommend that you first identify what your massage goals are. Everyone is different, with different aspirations, goals, and needs. Some people have an acute pain that needs 'fixing', others are looking for an ongoing set of treatments to balance an active or stressful life style.

 

At Body Positive we understand that as there isn’t a “standard” frequency, and you may feel unsure about what is right for you. If you would like further clarity, please speak Liz today, to identify an appropriate schedule that achieves your goals and budget.

Is it true that massage can reduce stress ?

Yes, massage not only feels good, it is good for you.  Massage is an effective and beneficial treatment to decrease stress by lowering the heart rate, relaxing muscles, and releasing feel good endorphins.

Massage increases the temperature in the body and promotes relaxation. When the body relaxes, the heart rate is reduced. Stress levels are relieved and the feeling of calmness and relaxation increases.

Stress is the body's way of responding to lives physical and emotional demands. Massage promotes relaxation and stimulates the release of feel good hormones. 

 

Regular relaxing massage treatments can help keep you grounded and balanced so that you are fully equipped to face whatever challenges life throws at you. 

 

If you are unsure and would like bespoke professional advice, please give us a call today.

What are the differences between the different types of massage you offer and which one is right for me?

At Body Positive we offer advanced clinical massage therapy, sports massage, holistic wellness massage. Liz is a highly trained clinician whose work utilise an individualised fusion approach to ensure the very best outcomes for each client. 

Sports massage is sometimes known as muscular massage or sports therapy and is a targeted blend of deep tissue massaging techniques. 

The Jing Method™ of Advanced Clinical Massage is a unique outcome based system for addressing chronic musculoskeletal pain through a tried and tested fusion of advanced soft tissue and massage techniques. The best advanced techniques from East and West.

Holistic wellness massage is a nurturing therapy that affects all levels, including physical, metal, emotional and spiritual.  At Body Positive we use this technique to specifically target stress reduction and physical and emotional re-balance.

 

Call Liz today to discuss what treatment approach will work best to help you to live the pain free, stress free life you deserve. 

How does massage reduce stress?

Massage stimulates the parasymathetic nervous system. This stimulation releases feel good hormones, helps heal health conditions and regulates an emotional 'happiness' response. 

The hormones released during a massage treatment increase feelings of content and improve mood. The benefits of receiving a massage to reduce stress are relaxation, pain relief and decreased feelings of anxiety and depression. Massage also helps the body to relax by lowering your heart rate, increasing the temperature of the soft tissues, and releasing endorphin hormones. Together these techniques result in the relaxation of the body, muscles and other soft tissues. 

Massage to reduce stress can have a beneficial effect on decreasing the feeling of pain. Massages trigger the release of natural pain killers and feel good hormones that promote the feeling of relaxation. The touch of massage also interferes with pain signals which do not reach the brain; therefore the feeling of pain is reduced. The feeling of pain is related to emotions of stress. Once pain is reduced the feeling of stress can be relieved.

What conditions can a massage successfully treat?

This is a list of the most common conditions we treat. If your condition is not here, please give us a call for free, professional, informal advice on how we can help;

  1. General pain, aches and discomfort

  2. Frozen shoulder

  3. Tendinitis

  4. Tennis elbow

  5. Shin splints

  6. Groin strain

  7. Stress and anxiety

  8. Runner's knee

  9. Achilles Tendons

  10. Upper and lower cross syndrome

  11. Carpel tunnel syndrome

  12. Piriformis syndrome

  13. Low back pain

  14. and many many more... ​​

Does massage hurt?

Massage should not 'hurt' no, but there may be some sensation as those tight muscles relax. Modern living however can take a toll on us emotionally and physically; between working out, sitting at a desk, and  traveling, your body often doesn’t get the proper stretching and downtime it needs to recover. So, it punishes you by tightening up and giving you even more issues to deal with. It’s natural to want to feel your muscles loosen and the tension in your body melt away. 

The key to an effective massage is good communication between the client and the therapist; while some discomfort at times is normal and simply means your tight muscles are relaxing there is a difference between a good and bad pain. 

Our therapist Liz works in a really responsive and attuned way with all her clients and will adjust pressure and technique according to subtle (or not so subtle) changes in body language and physical response. Everyone has a different pain threshold and different perceptions of pain, which is why open and honest communication is key to a Body Positive treatment.

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