Bodywork therapy uses massage to rehabilitate, alleviate pain and correct imbalances within the musculo-skeletal system. Practitioners will work using many different types of massage to ease restrictions in the body, restore optimum mobility and regain efficient movement. Massage is simply the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body including muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and skin. A massage therapist's hands are his/her most important tool through which s/he not only treats the patient but also detects physical and emotional problems. The therapist palpates the patient's body to determine the condition of the tissues and the likely source of any pain, and thus the correct form of remedial treatment. Very often discomfort and pain can be alleviated and the body is allowed to realign with gravity. Treatments will also assist in relaxation thereby reducing stress and welcoming an overall sense of wellbeing and integration of body and mind.
Massage works through the various body systems in one of two ways, a mechanical action and a reflex action. A mechanical action is created by moving the muscles and soft tissues of the body using pressure and stretching movements, thereby cleansing them of acids and deposits. These actions break up fibrous adhesions and loosen stiff joints. A reflex action is created when treatment of one part of the body affects another part of the body, much like pressing a light switch on a wall to turn on a light in the centre of the room. Just like this electric connection, so too are different parts of the body connected to each other not just by flesh and bone but by nerve pathways, or flows of energy known as 'meridians'. So, by using reflex action, some therapists will treat a patient's stomach complaint by massaging the arms, hands or feet or pain in the legs can be relieved by massaging the lower back.
Treatment is customised to individuals needs and presenting conditions. A patients history will be taken at every initial visit and very often postural analysis will be noted and discussed. Goals include the prevention of recurrence of symptoms and/or aid return to sport, work and/or desired lifestyle. If the therapist feels referral is required for other health professionals (GP, Osteopath, Chiropractor, Physiotherapist etc) this can be arranged.
All massage will be carried out after completion of a signed consultation form for each patient. Any information given will remain confidential. If you have any questions at all please contact Balance Bodyworks.