Category Archives: Massage Techniques

Office chair massage

office-chair-massage-in-londonA workplace massage is a priceless experience for a work-related environment

  • it helps improve sense of personal well-being
  • it drastically lowers stress and risk of burnout
  • it brings the conversation amongst the colleagues in a more relaxed and trustful level
  • it stimulates a more brilliant productivity
  • it increases the sense of comfort with the own working desk.

What is an “office chair massage”?

Also called seated massage and on-site massage, chair massage is an oil free massage given while you are clothed and seated in a specially designed chair.
These comfortable chairs slope forward, giving access to many parts of you upper body.

We will treat neck and large muscles of your back, and cradle your head, torso and arms allowing you to totally relax.

A little longer time (5 minutes) will let us massage your scalp (head massage) and hands, facilitating a state of detachment and total relaxation.

Physiological benefits

Chair massage is an effective way to relieve neck and shoulder tension and back pain, and can also alleviate common problems such as headaches, and tension in the hands, wrists and forearms.

Treatments last usually 15 to 25 minutes.
We may incorporate a variety of techniques, facilitated stretching, compression, kneading and tapping.


 

For rates and appointments, contact us

TEL: 07856100420
EMAIL: mike@massagetherapistmike.co.uk
LOCATION: 24 Campdale Road, N7 0EB, London

What is Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of body tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow and deeper strokes on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibres of the muscles, tendons and fascia.

What is a muscle “knot”? Read this article

Deep tissue massage is used to release chronic muscle tension and help break up and eliminate scar tissue. This massage usually focuses on more specific areas and may cause slight soreness during or right after the massage. However, when the massage is done correctly the individual should feel a sense of a work out, but no lasting pain.

 

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Deep tissue massage offers multiple benefits at different systems:

  • MUSCULAR SYSTEM – helps move blood in blood vessels and assists the calf in returning venous blood, especially in the lower extremities. May contributes to the improvement of sclerotic blood vessels.
  • SKIN – improves circulation to the skin, moisturises dry, clay skin, improves skin tone, helps reduce the build up of cellulite.
  • SKELETAL SYSTEM – improves joint range of motion, clears deposit and debris from old bone injuries, restores damaged ligaments and tendons, enhances effectiveness of more specific treatment (osteopath / chiropractic / physiotherapy etc.), and improves posture.
  • NERVOUS SYSTEM – releases trapped nerves in soft tissue, and congestion along nerve pathways.
  • LYMPHATIC SYSTEM – releases trapped lymphatic vessels.
  • RESPIRATORY SYSTEM – releases restrictions in breathing muscles, promotes postural improvement which reduces crowding of lungs, and removes congestion in lung and rib areas.

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What is Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic drainage is an advanced therapy in which the practitioner uses a range of specialised and gentle rhythmic pumping techniques to move the skin in the direction of the lymph flow. This stimulates the lymphatic vessels that carry substances vital to the defence of the body as well as help in the removal of waste products.

What are the benefits of lymphatic drainage massage?

LymphaticSystem_FemaleThe benefits of lymphatic drainage are considerable and are particularly relevant in today’s environment where pollution, stress and deficient immune systems make many people susceptible to contagious disease and viral infections.

The lymphatic system plays a vital role in the body by regulating the immune system. When the lymphatic system becomes compromised in any way, lymphatic fluid builds up and stagnates causing the entire system to become toxic.

Lymphatic drainage clears blockages, eliminates metabolic wastes and toxins from the body, helps in the transport of nutrients to cells and increases metabolic efficiency, all adding to the reduction of excess fluid and can assist in weight reduction. It also has a very calming effect on the nervous system and helps relieve stress and tension.

Lymphatic drainage is also a very successful beauty treatment for the face, improving the appearance of the skin and reducing puffiness. It helps rejuvenate collagenfibers and slow the ageing process.

What type of condition can it benefit?

Lymphatic drainage is used to treat a wide rang of conditions such as:

  • Glandular fever, ME (Chronic Fatigue), Migraine, Sinus, Hay fever
  • Recurring infections (cold, flu, ear, chest)
  • Pre and postoperative cases (cosmetic surgery, cancer or where lymph nodes have been removed or the lymphatic system impaired in some way)
  • Toxic build-up, oedema and fluid retention (puffy ankles, legs, eyes, bloating)
  • Cellulite and excess weight
  • Constipation and other digestive disorders
  • Acne, Rosacea and other skin conditions, Scar tissue (old and new)
  • Stress, Anxiety, Tension

What is Swedish Massage

massageoldSwedish massage is the most common and best-known type of massage in the West. If you want deeper work and can tolerate more pressure, even momentary discomfort, to get relief from muscle pain, it’s better to book a deep tissue massage, which is another form of Swedish massage.

Swedish massage and other types of therapeutic massage are performed by trained, licensed massage therapists. A Swedish massage can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, depending on the therapist’s personal style and what he or she wants to achieve.

Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology. Most people get a 50 or 60-minute Swedish or deep tissue massage, but 75 or 90-minutes gives the therapist more time to work the muscle tissue and achieve results.

What Happens During A Swedish Massage

In all Swedish massage, the therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil and performs various massage strokes. These movements warm up the muscle tissue, releasing tension and gradually breaking up muscle “knots” or adhered tissues, called adhesions. Swedish massage promotes relaxation, among other health benefits.

Before the massage, the therapist asks you about any injuries or other conditions. Things you would want tell a therapist include areas of tightness or pain, allergies, and conditions like pregnancy. You can also tell them up front if you have a preference for light or firm pressure. It’s best not to get a massage if you are ill.

After the consultation, the therapist instructs you how to lie on the table — face up or face down, and underneath the sheet or towel — and then leaves the room. He or she will knock or ask if you are ready before entering.

The Nudity Factor

You can keep your underwear on, as the therapist uncovers only the part of the body he/she is working on, a technique calleddraping.

Why It’s Called Swedish Massage

Per Henrik LingSwedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology as opposed to energy work that is more common in Asian-style massage. Both Swedish massage and physical therapy were pioneered by a Swedish physiologist, Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839) at the University of Stockholm.

In the early 19th century he developed a system called “Medical Gymnastics” which included movements performed by a therapist. These became the known as “Swedish movements” in Europe and “the Swedish Movement Cure” when they came to the U.S. in 1858. Today it is simply known as Swedish massage.

What are muscle “knots” & trigger points

The phenomenon of muscle knots is not uncommon. Essentially, muscle knots are sections within the various muscles of the body that have constricted and create consistent pain with each individual. They are commonly termed “Myofascial Trigger Points“. While there is not currently a definitive medical explanation as to why muscle knots form, several theories are undergoing testing.muscle-exploded-view

The generally accepted answer to why muscle knots form is that something triggers a reaction where the muscle never relaxes. In effect, the muscle is always in a state where it appears to be actively rather than passively in use. This is unusual, since even with such activities as weight lifting, running, or any type of heavy lifting the muscle goes through a series of off and on cycles. The constant active condition of the muscle leads to muscle spasm, which it turns acts as the root cause the muscle knot.

Surgically removing a portion of muscle know has led to the discovery of the presence of unusual deposit of protein within the tissue. There is also a theory that excessive amount of connective tissue surrounding the muscle may also contribute to the development of muscle knots. However, very little research has been done on the matter of connective tissue, so most doctors do not recognize that as a contributing factor in the development of a myofascial trigger point.

The physiology of a trigger point

The part of a muscle-knots1-733x1024muscle fibre that actually does the contracting is a microscopic unit called a sarcomere. Contractions occurs in a sarcomere when its two parts come together and interlock like fingers. Millions of sarcomeres have to contract in your muscles to make even the smallest movement. A trigger point exists when over stimulated sarcomeres are chemically prevented from their interlocked state.

NORMAL FIBRE: is a muscle fibre in a normal resting state, neither stretched nor contracted. The distance between the short crossways (Z bands) within the fibre defines the length of the individual sarcomeres. The sarcomeres run lengthwise in the fibre, perpendicular to the Z bands.
CONTRACTION KNOT: is a knot in a muscle fibre consisting of a mass of sarcomeres in the state of maximum continuous contraction that characterises a trigger point. The bulbous appearance of the contraction knot indicated how that segment of the muscle fibre has drown up and become shorter and wider

→ Note the greater distance between the Z bands of muscle fibres that extends from the contraction knot to the muscle’s attachment: the muscle fibre is being stretched by tension within the contraction knot. These overstretched segments of muscle fibre are what cause shortness and tightness in a muscle.

Normally, when a muscle is working, its sarcomeres act like tiny pumps, contracting and relaxing to circulate blood through the capillaries that supply their metabolic needs. When sarcomeres in a trigger point hold their contraction, blood flow essentially stops in the immediate area.
The resulting oxygen starvation and accumulation of the waste products of metabolism irritates the trigger point. The trigger point responds to this emergency by sending out pain signals.