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AVAILABLE TREATMENTS

MASSAGE

Massage is the therapeutic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, which has been used for centuries, worldwide, to promote health and relaxation. The mechanical action of massage physically loosens muscles taking pressure off arteries, veins, lymph vessels, and nerve pathways, thereby relieving the restriction of their functions and helping the body’s healing processes.

The loosening of the muscles also aids in the relief of pain and decreases tension, producing a feeling of deep relaxation and a state of well-being. I offer a range of massage techniques. The massage can be peacefully relaxing, using light pressure only which will help to relieve stress and increase circulation.

A stronger pressure can be used to break down the deeper, knotted tissue, and stretching techniques can be used to increase the range of movement and to increase the elasticity of contracted muscles.
I also use neuromuscular techniques and soft tissue release which are very effective to increase the range of movement of a muscle and therefore relieve the pressure and tension on the joints and nerves.

HOW MASSAGE CAN HELP?
There are many techniques that a massage therapist can use to help alleviate tight muscles. Firstly it is extremely important to warm up the muscle tissue; if a cold muscle is stretched it can tear causing further damage. The therapist will stroke (effleurage) kneed (petrissage), and use frictions and tapotement (light hacking on the muscle) to warm and loosen the muscle fibers. After this is carried out stretching techniques can be used to enable the muscle to achieve its full range of movement.

MUSCLE ENERGY TECHNIQUES
When a muscle has been contracted for a short period and then allowed to relax, the relaxation will be greater than normal. During this relaxed state it is possible to stretch the muscle and thereby increase its range of movement.
As one set of muscles has to relax for another set to contract, it is possible to relax a very tight muscle that is too painful to be worked on by contracting its opposing partner.

NEUROMUSCULAR TECHNIQUES
This technique aims to inhibit the neural messages from the muscle to the central nervous system by applying gradual pressure to tender spots in the muscle. When the neural messages are not getting through to the central nervous system, the pain in the muscle will reduce, the tension will also reduce and the muscle will be allowed to relax.

WHY DO MUSCLES BECOME TIGHT AND CAUSE PAIN?
Skeletal muscles function by alternatively contracting and relaxing. This is needed to produce movement, one set of muscles will contract and shorten pulling one bone towards another, at the same time the opposing set of muscles must relax and lengthen. This constant requirement of muscles to relax and contract is also needed to maintain posture and balance and usually occurs without conscious thought. The minor adjustments only affect a small number of muscle fibres at a time which will be contracting and relaxing in a constantly alternating pattern. This is known as muscle tone. These contractions are strong enough to maintain posture but not strong enough to move.
When a muscle contracts it forces fluid from the surrounding connective tissue; as it relaxes, fresh, available fluid flows back into the muscle, hydrating the tissue and bringing with it vital oxygen and nutrients.

Muscle tension is caused by repetitive or constant contraction of a muscle, most often the cause is overuse of a particular muscle, bad posture or stress. The muscle tightens and loses its elasticity, the eradication of toxins and the rehydration of the muscle is lessened; this causes muscle irritation which can set off inflammation. The muscle will shorten which will affect the movement of the associated joint causing joint pain and can also force the body out of alignment. If the dehydrated, tight muscle is then extended beyond its restricted range of movement, it can suffer damage, such as torn muscle fibres. The muscle fibres can matt together, scar tissue and adhesions may be formed and it could cause muscle spasms which would cause extreme pain in the surrounding area.

When a muscle or set of muscles are damaged and unable to work to their full capacity, another set of muscles will work harder to compensate; these will then also become overused and tight and eventually pull on other joints.

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HOT STONE MASSAGE

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Hot Stone Massage has been used all over the world for over 2000 years and is becoming increasingly popular. The special basalt volcanic stones are heated before each treatment and can be used for the entire massage treatment or just as part of the treatment to warm, relax, and loosen tight muscles. I have also been using them as part of the Reflexology treatment to relax the tight muscles and fascia of the feet.

The heat from the stones not only relaxes the muscles allowing for a deeper massage, but it also has a very comforting and relaxing effect on the mind and the body.

REFLEXOLOGY
Reflexology is the belief that all the functions and organs of the body are represented on the feet and hands. The application of pressure to these areas using specific thumb and finger techniques will stimulate the whole system, opening energy pathways that will encourage the body’s healing potential.
A Reflexology treatment can induce a deep state of relaxation, this is to be encouraged as the deeper the relaxation that is achieved, the more effective the treatment will be. When the tension is relieved, the muscles will relax allowing the circulatory systems to flow freely, which in turn allows the necessary oxygen and nutrients to reach all parts of the body and toxins and impurities to be carried away.
Reflexology does not diagnose and it does not cure, as with Reiki it works on the whole system, dispersing energy blockages and increasing circulation, therefore encouraging the body to heal itself.

FOOT MASSAGE
As part of the Reflexology treatment, I incorporate a thorough foot and ankle massage to help relax the feet, improve tight muscles and ligaments, and loosen the joints of the feet and ankles. This gives relief to tired, aching feet and helps to relieve the discomfort of painful arches and toes.

HEAD, FACE, NECK, SHOULDERS AND UPPER BACK MASSAGE

This massage is often referred to as Indian Head Massage which involves massage, frictions, and the stimulation of pressure points to the upper back, arms, neck, face, and head.
The physical action of the massage helps to break down and eliminate the build-up of toxins in the body and also increases circulation which brings vital nutrients to the head and brain, resulting in a clearer mind and greater concentration. Other benefits can include, better hair growth and improved hair and skin condition.
I am trained in Indian Head Massage but only offer this treatment on the massage couch.

REIKI

Reiki was introduced to the West by Hawayo Takata which she modified to make it acceptable to the Western population.
The training introduced by Reiki Master, Taggart King, is known as Reiki Evolution. It blends the Western style of Reiki teaching with the very simple yet powerful methods developed by Reiki’s founder, Mikao Usui, which until recently were not taught in the West.

The Japanese word Reiki means universal life force energy. It is a way of channeling the energy, that is inside and all around us. It is not connected to any religious belief system and was introduced as a way of self-healing, to put our bodies and minds into a state of equilibrium.

The Reiki practitioner will channel the Reiki from the universe into the recipient simply by intention. We are all connected with the universe and everything that surrounds us, once we are attuned to Reiki we become more aware of this energy and learn to channel it for our well-being and for that of others.

Reiki often produces a deeply relaxed state similar to that achieved during meditation – when the mind is relaxed, it will allow the body to relax allowing it to heal and renew itself. Please refer to my page on stress.

THE SCIENCE BEHIND REIKI
There has been research carried out that suggests that during a treatment, a practitioner’s hands will pulse in unison with the earth’s magnetic field, known as the Schuman’s Resonance, linking the practitioner to the energies of the earth which will in turn link with the recipient. We all will instinctively hold an area that is hurting as this helps to ease the pain. For more information on The Science Behind Reiki.

REIKI EMPOWERMENTS
As part of the Reiki treatment, I offer Reiki empowerment which will enable the client to channel Reiki, for self-treatment only, between sessions. For more information on The Scrience Hehind Rieki click here.

REIKI LINEAGE

Mikao Usui

Suzuki San

Chris Marsh

Taggart King

Debbie McDougal

Chrissie Harman

Harman Therapies

Location

56 Campbell Rd, Salisbury SP1 3BG

Monday – Friday

Opening Times
Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm

07775 901573