As well as the numerous physiological benefits, massage can help to reduce stress and anxiety by relaxing both mind and body, create a feeling of well-being and enhanced self-esteem, promote positive body awareness and ease emotional trauma through relaxation. Nick uses a variety of techniques to achieve the best results, including cranial\sacral, reflexology, muscle release, deep tissue, lymphatic drainage and the Pfrimmer technique. Hot stone massage is often combined with these techniques to achieve the best results.
Hot stone massage is a natural therapy in which warmed stones are positioned on parts of the client's body to maximize the therapeutic benefit. The stones used are typically river rocks or other very smooth-surfaced stones made of basalt. These stones are heated in an ultraviolet sterilizing cabinet before use. The high iron content in basalt helps the stones retain heat during the massage. Hot stone massages are beneficial on both physical and psychological levels. The heat from the stones helps your muscles relax, allowing the massage therapist to manipulate your deep tissues more effectively. Overly tense muscles can hinder the massage procedure, so if your muscles are extremely tight or stiff, the heated stones may provide the extra relaxation you need for the massage to be beneficial in releasing tension and easing sore muscles.
Deep tissue massage is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. This type of Massage focuses on breaking up adhesions in the muscle tissues, tendons and fascia (connective tissue). DTM releases muscle tension in overworking muscle groups and can help strengthen weaker muscle groups that are not working properly.
The Pfrimmer technique was developed by Therese Pfrimmer in an effort to help her recover from paralysis. The technique utilizes deep cross-fibre friction and is used to improve joint movement and removal of toxins from muscle tissue. This technique is good for arthritis, multiple sclerosis, headaches and fibrositis.
Lymphatic drainage massage is a technique used to encourage lymph flow in the body. A healthy flow of lymph supports the body’s immune system in fighting off toxins. The focus of this massage is primarily on the upper body, including the face, neck and underarm regions. The touch is very gentle, as the lymphatic vessels are located directly beneath the skin. Lymphatic massage and the consumption of water help to flush out toxins.
The benefits are increased immune function, reduced blood pressure, reduce “water retention” from anywhere in the body e.g. ankles, groin, surgery sites (like mastectomy, which directly affect the lymph ducts under the arm) and hormonal weight gain. It can be a very important part of a treatment plan for conditions that create swelling, like Chronic oedema, Haematomas, Chronic sinus problems, Immobility, Migraines (can decrease fluid pressure that is causing irritation of the nerve fibres) and any conditions that impair the immune system.