Massage in Biggleswade
In addition to the value of general relaxation, there are many benefits to massage. Whether it is getting prepared to run a marathon or to get you out of long term muscular pain, or to just feel luxuriantly pampered and nurtured, massage can help.
Helping you to unwind
Taking a break from reality
A range of massage treatments to suit your needs, preferences, and budget. Available in 30, 60, 90, and 120 minute slots depending on type of massage chosen.
“Tom is one of the few therapists I trust to work on my body. His work powerful and yet gentle. His knowledge of the body and the work he does as a clinical therapist means he is an expert at finding the issue. He is incredibly skilled at giving excellent rehab work and self care. Tom is professional, very knowledgeable and highly skilled in every aspect of his work as a clinical therapist.”.
The “Jing” Method
“The Jing way doesn’t just treat the body but also the person in it” A Jing therapist.
The Jing method as devised by Rachel Fairweather and Meghan S. Mari, directors of The Jing Advance massage Training is a multi-modal approach to bodywork that beautifully blends ancient Eastern techniques with up to the minute scientific research to provide the most complete, informed, and effective soft tissue treatment available.
A free consultation is included for all first-time clients, allowing me to try and get to the root of your problem quickly and efficiently. From the information gained during the consultation, which may or may not include orthopaedic/special orthopaedic tests, I will be able to structure a treatment plan best suited to support you.
Taking inspiration from table shiatsu, various methods of connecting with the body are used including compression, rocking, and still holds. Very soothing, very grounding, a beautiful way of introducing your body to the treatment session.
Heat has an amazing effect on the body with benefits ranging from reducing pain sensations, and creating a sense of relaxation, to increasing metabolism, increasing bloodflow, and helping to soften tight muscle and reduce trigger point activity (Fairweather & Mari 2015)
Heat will be applied in clinic using either hot stones or a heated massage couch depending on the need for the heat. As a selfcare technique the use of wheat bags, cherry stone bags, hot waters bottles is a great way to get heat into those tight aching muscles. Though I am not a great advocate of heat rubs, there is a product that I recommend (and use myself) when it is inconvenient to make use of wheat bags or water bottles, just ask for more info.
A quick word on the use of cold. Quite a polarising topic between therapists and schools of body work (Physio, Osteopathic, Chiropractic, Massage), many different opinions, many different methods. Within my training cold has its place immediately and up to six hours post injury both for its analgesic properties and to control (not stop) inflammation.
In, on, and through everything in the body, there isn’t a structure that does not in so way interact with this tissue. Problems within it can be attributed to so many of the pain conditions that we suffer from. Direct and indirect fascial work can help to alleviate fascial restrictions. This work is generally done before application of oil or wax and can take time to release.
Deep tissue. How deep is deep?
There are as many opinions on deep tissue as there are techniques but the famous Ida Rofl who created Structural Integration (Rolfing) was quoted as saying “Its not how deep you go, but how you go deep”.
Pain is not the goal of a deep tissue massage technique, sure it may be uncomfortable and in the cases of trigger points that can get very uncomfortable but the goal is to release that tension. Other than a little erythema (localised redness caused by blood flow) there should not be lasting marks left.
The Jing method adopts a variety of ways to work deep into the tissue that needs it, supported fingers/thumbs, elbows, forearms. There is a lot of deep work that can be done over the drapes too.
So much research has been done into trigger points and how they effect pain both locally and at referral sites elsewhere in the body. Through the use of standard pain scales using 1 to 10 to communicate the level of discomfort being felt during the treatment will allow the trigger point to be released whilst causing the smallest amount of discomfort. Usually when a trigger point is being worked it takes just a few seconds to feel a difference, yes you will feel it release in most cases.
Stretching and selfcare (Homework)
Depending upon your reason for booking your treatment, it may be beneficial for some stretching techniques to be used either during the treatment or given as selfcare for you to work into your daily routine. There are a range of different stretching techniques that can be used from simple static stretches to more complex proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) and Active isolated stretching (AIS), whichever technique is used a full explanation will be given and any selfcare techniques given will be demonstrated.
Prescriptive aromatherapy uses combinations of essential oils chosen to support your particular needs, taking from a selection of over 60 different essential oils.
Simply exquisite, the use of the contrast between the hot and the cold stones to bring a whole new dimension to massage leaving you feeling relaxed, and balanced.
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