How often should you have a massage?

Ideally, once a week. The body goes through a 3-day healing state after each treatment, during which time the positive effects can be felt the most. A week after treatment, the healing and repair states are completed and the body returns to its normal functions. Therefore, a weekly therapy is most beneficial in order to achieve long lasting results.

Nevertheless, a massage every 2-5 weeks will still improve your overall condition especially in reducing stress and muscle tension. 

Haven offers Deep Tissue, Sports, Swedish, Pre and Pregnancy ,Jet Lag, Reiki and Anti-Cellulite massages performed with the organic handmade massage oils  in the comfort of your home.

Please feel free to book a massage on our instant booking system so you can enjoy your own personal haven.

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Neuromuscular Massage Therapy

    A high quality therapeutic massage gets the blood flowing, which helps nourish and heal the body. Massage also releases endorphins, which are powerful pain relieving substances in the body.

 

 

A high quality therapeutic massage gets the blood flowing, which helps nourish and heal the body. Massage also releases endorphins, which are powerful pain relieving substances in the body.

Neuromuscular Massage Therapy Technique

The most effective type of massage therapy for lower back pain is neuromuscular therapy, also called trigger point myotherapy. This form of massage therapy is an effective treatment for back pain caused by soft tissue injury (such as a muscle strain).

Neuromuscular therapy consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the areas of muscle spasm. The massage therapy pressure is usually applied with the fingers, knuckles, or elbow. Once applied to a muscle spasm, the pressure should not vary for ten to thirty seconds.

 

Massage Therapy Can Reduce Muscle Pain

Muscles that are in spasm will be painful to the touch. The pain is caused by ischemic muscle tissue. Ischemia means the muscle is lacking proper blood flow, usually due to the muscle spasm. This in turn creates the following undesirable process:

  • Because the muscle is not receiving enough blood, the muscle is also not receiving enough oxygen
  • The lack of oxygen causes the muscle to produce lactic acid
  • The lactic acid makes the muscle feel sore following physical activity.  

After the muscle is relaxed through massage therapy, the lactic acid will be released from the muscle, and the muscle should start receiving enough blood and oxygen.

Neuromuscular therapy will feel painful at first, but the pressure of the massage should alleviate the muscle spasm. At this point, it is extremely important to communicate with the massage therapist regarding the pressure - whether the pressure is too much, too little, getting better, getting worse. The therapist should listen and respond accordingly. The massage therapy pressure should never be overly painful. In fact, most people describe the pressure as “good pain”.

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Kinesio Taping Stronger Than Ever

  One of the nice things about being a physiotherapist and massage therapist is that it never gets boring and I have to keep on learning. Health care is constantly changing and if you don't stay up to date, it is so easy to get left behind. Last month, I went to a workshop on Kinesio Taping.

  Despite the tape being this season's trendy treatment for players and athletes, Kinesio tape is nothing new. It was invented by a Japanese chiropractor Dr Kenzo Kase in the 1970s.

   The UK website for Kinesio tape claims it can alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, relax muscles, enhance performance and help with rehabilitation as well as supporting muscles during a sporting event

  Since then it has become more common to see top athletes sporting Kinesio tape, and has been used with increasing frequency by health care providers and their patients for relief or painful and swollen joints or recovery and rehabilitation for injuries.

   I use the tape with many of my patients. It is a perfect complement to the massage therapy. Days after a massage, the tape can actually still help continue the work the adjustment started. It’s like sending my hands home with them!

We have had great results with shoulder pain, neck pain, lower back pain, arthritis.

Shoulder tapping

   We treat between 3-5 pregnant ladies a week for aches and pains in their back, neck, pelvis, pubic area, legs and even feet and wrist. Some mothers circum to the belief that pain is quite normal, therefore acceptable. But you'd be amazed how massage and kinesio tape can really work wonders to help keep final trimester as comfortable as possible. 

pregnancy tapping
pregnancy tapping

   But now, with the new techniques I learned at last month workshop, I am more excited than ever about Kinesio Taping, and I know the results my patients will get will be even better, too.

For massage therapies appointments click book now or either call 07462 393 349

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Massage Therapy Benefits for pain and common ailments!

Massage therapy benefits for pain syndromes are often addressed by clients and massage practitioners in a private practice or clinical setting, so it is important to understand how massage can help (and not hurt) common medical issues that many clients experience.

Many massage therapists are taking continuing education courses and integrating specialized pain syndrome modalities into their routines, which allows them to have their own "niche" massage treatment, something they have study extensively, while also ensuring their client's get the best care possible.

However, some patients may not totally understand how massage therapy benefits affect chronic pain or medical conditions conditions.

Some therapists believe it is one of the ways we provide medical massage therapy, using trigger point release techniques to address pain.

Others think of it as advanced massage therapy, and therefore choose to study advanced specialized techniques within clinical settings such as hospitals, chiropractic clinics, or physicians' offices.

More comprehensive massage programs will teach students signs and symptoms of a variety of pain syndromes and health conditions, and the massage therapy benefits for each, enabling therapists to be equipped to help treat these issues.

Pain syndromes may develop from a muscle injury or from repetitive strain on a muscle, ligament or tendon. If nerves are trapped in damaged or inflamed muscles, the pain may radiate to another area. For instance, nerves trapped in the neck may cause pain which radiates down the arm.

Massage therapy treats pain not only at it's source, but also the areas around the primary pain origin, because nerve sensory signals often get mixed up when there is damage or inflammation.

So, you may have a painful headache over your right eye, but the actual muscle that needs to be released is on the left side of the back of the neck. Pain like this can happen when a part of the muscle fiber develops a knot, which restricts blood flow and causes pain.

Inability of the blood to flow freely causes constant contraction....and constant pain and an active trigger point. A massage therapist will use gentle pressure to release the muscle fiber restriction, create better blood flow and decrease the pain.

It will often take 2-4 sessions for the therapist to encourage all muscles around the trigger point to release and return to their normal functioning.

If you do not allow the therapist to work the affected muscles as suggested, you may have a tendency to get additional muscle tightness, causing more restrictions and future pain issues.

No matter what pain syndrome you may experience, most everyone agrees that massage helps with:


Back Pain                                     High Blood Pressure              Sacroiliac Joint Syndrome        

  Breast Cancer Pain                               Migraines                               Scar Tissue 

  Bulging Disc                                          Nerve Entrapment                 Scoliosis

  Bursitis                                                  Patella Tendinitis                    Sinusitis

 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome                     Piriformis Syndrome           Spinal Stenosis

  Cubital Tunnel Syndrome                  Plantar Fasciitis                   Sternocleidomastoid Pain

  Diabetes                                                   PMS                                        Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

   Edema                                             Pronator Teres Syndrome       Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

   Fatigue                                                Restless Leg Syndrome              TMJ

   Headaches                                           Rotator Cuff Injuries                   Whiplash


Communication between therapist and client is important as some deeper pressure may be detrimental to the client and their symptoms.

Also, studying about common pain issues gives you the opportunity to study signs and symptoms, providing more insight into the medical condition.

Learning more about common pain syndromes like these will help you understand when and why you should consider massage therapy benefits in the healing process. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GINGER DETOX BATH + BODY SCRUB

This is the perfect combination for a little pick-me-up in the afternoon (if your baby is asleep). It’ll calm your nerves, help with headaches and increase circulation. You will be left feeling energized and centered.

Ginger Detox Body Scrub

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
  • ½ cup of Epsom salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Combine roughly chopped ginger and ½ cup Epsom salt in a food processor. Pulse a few times until the ginger is ground and combined.
  2. Remove to a small bowl and add lemon juice.
  3. Put down a towel and apply scrub before your detox bath

Before you start scrubbing, start filling the bath with hot water. The heat and the ginger will make you sweat! Which is pretty much the goal, because sweating is how the body eliminates toxins. Plus it also helps unclog your pores and relax the muscles.

 

 

Detox Bath recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Epsom salt
    ¼ cup grated ginger
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup mustard powder

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Instructions

  1. Run a bath of hot water and add bath detox recipe.
  2. Submerge body for 30 minutes to an hour.

Tip.  You can drink ginger tea before bathing to enhance the detox effect.
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