What is Massage Therapy? 

Massage Therapists specialise in the treatment of painful conditions of the body using a variety of manual techniques, focussing on the joints and muscles. The therapists also specialise in Therapeutic Massage to relax the patient both physically and mentally. 

A massage therapist specialises in several different types of massage techniques used to target pain and areas of tension in the body: 

  • Sports and Deep Tissue Massage – this is a firmer massage that is used to help prevent or alleviate painful sporting injuries. It prepares the body for sport or physical demands and helps to maintain the body’s optimal condition. 
  • Relaxation/Therapeutic Massage – this type of massage is used to relax the patient both physically and mentally using smooth rhythmical movements. The therapists follow the contours of the body, focusing on areas of tension and improving circulation.  

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What conditions do we treat? 

Massage therapists focus on the muscles of the body and the effects they have on joints and your mobility. Injured and tight muscles develop scar tissue and fibrous knots that can cause shortening of the muscles, muscle spasm, stiffness and muscular pain that reduces mobility around the joints. Working with you, the therapist selects techniques appropriate for you to reduce muscle spasm, mobilise stiffened joints, improve flexibility, mobility, relieve pain and increase circulation.  

  • Back and neck tension 

  • Sports injuries  

  • Muscle spasm

  • Muscle strains

  • Joint sprains 

  • Postural fatigue  

  • Increasing blood flow to aid recovery  

  • Scar tissue 

  • Inflammation

What does Massage Therapy treatment involve? 

On your initial visit a medical history is taken followed by a postural assessment to determine muscle tension. This is done visually and by palpating (feeling) the involved musculature and joints. 

 

There are different types of massage:  

  • Sports and Deep Tissue Massage – this is a firmer massage that is used to help prevent or alleviate painful sporting injuries. It prepares the body for sport or physical demands and helps to maintain the body’s optimal condition.
  • Relaxation/Therapeutic Massage – this type of massage is used to relax the patient both physically and mentally using smooth rhythmical movements. The therapists follow the contours of the body, focusing on areas of tension and improving circulation.  

 

A combination of techniques is often used which may include: 

  • Dry Needling: Like acupuncture, it is used for the treatment of muscle spasm and pain directing treatment into the muscle trigger points (hypersensitive regions) and muscle pain by penetrating the soft tissues. 
  • Effleurage: The hands skim the surface with varying pressure and speed. 
  • Petrissage:  kneading the muscles using direct pressure and squeezing.  
  • Frictions: Using the fingers, forceful movements back and forth across the fibres of ligaments, tendons and muscles to break down scar tissue whilst stimulating circulation and healing processes. 
  • Myofascial Release:  Using the fingers to friction and roll the skin to release the adhered fascia and muscles. 
  • Trigger Point Therapy:  Applying deep pressure onto tender points to break down the build-up of nodules and knotted muscle fibres. 
  • Lymphatic drainage:  to gently work and stimulate the lymphatic system to assist in the reduction of localised swellings, improve waste removal and immune function, particularly post-surgery. 
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Prices for Massage Services

Massage Therapy

  • Initial Consultation (included as an additional 15 minutes in your first appointment): Free
  • 30 mins: £30
  • 45 mins: £40
  • 60 mins: £50

If you would like to book a series of appointments, we have fantastic savings available to you:

Massage Package Deal

  • 6 sessions of 30 minutes: £150
  • 6 sessions of 45 minutes: £200
  • 6 sessions of 60 minutes: £250
  • 12 sessions of 60 minutes: £450

As a multidisciplinary practice, The House Clinics are able to combine the expertise of our Chiropractic, Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy, Podiatry and Chiropody practitioners to offer a unique and exceptional service to our clients. Please speak to your practitioner if you have any queries about other services we offer.

If you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Common Questions

What does a Massage Therapist do? 

Massage therapists use their hands to perform manual soft tissue techniques to increase blood flow and oxygen uptake. This improves the quality of tissue repair.   

How can massage help me?

Injured muscles and ligaments develop scar tissue.  Massage increases the blood flow and breaks down the fibrous nodules in soft tissues, improving joint mobility and flexibility, and relieving pain. Massage is often used alongside other physical therapy such as Chiropractic and Physiotherapy to enhance recovery. 

Which massage type is best for me? 

Your Massage therapist will work with you to select the appropriate and best treatment type for you. 

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