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Therapeutic Massage, Sports Massage and Hendrickson Method


About Massage Therapy

One of the oldest healing arts, massage promotes a rebalance of the body and it’s systems

Practiced for thousands of years it has far reaching benefits, helping to detoxify and heal both the physical body and the mind.

Physical Benefits 

  • Pain Relief
  • Improve circulation
  • Improves nervous system
  • Improves movement
  • Relieves inflammation
  • Increases flexibility

Mental Benefits

  • Stress relief
  • Improves emotional wellbeing
  • Improves concentration
  • Promotes better sleep

The body works mechanically with patterns of dysfunction. Soft tissue and joints can misalign and with simple manipulations and mobilisations the function can be restored. When function is restored, pain is resolved.

About Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic Massage to Achieve Structural Changes Treat or Treatment?

Soft Tissue and joint dysfunction are almost always the source of pain. The aim of Therapeutic Massage is to bring the body back to optimum function. This therapy focuses on the mobilisation of soft tissue (such as muscle, fascia and body fluids) to restore normal systemic and biochemical/functional use, resulting in improved:

  • Circulation
  • Lymphatic system
  • Neurological functioning

A Therapeutic Massage will incorporate movements to help address specific problems such as chronic pain or tightness. The objective is to promote structural changes within the body helping to:

  • improve structure and function
  • Reduce pain
  • Increase capabilities
  • Enhance energy levels and well being

About Sports Massage

Aid Recovery and Enhance Performance 

Sports Massage uses the application of massage techniques that follow sound anatomical and physiological considerations, combined with a basic musculo-skeletal evaluation techniques. Designed for the physically active, sports massage will often utilise a variety of modalities such as:-

  • Remedial Massage
  • Muscle energy technique (MET)
  • Cross fibre techniques
  • Deep tissue work

Primarily the difference lies with function. That is, returning you to your chosen activity with optimal functionality. Sports massage is a rehabilitating process which manipulates the soft tissue to:

  • Prevent injury
  • Alleviate muscle or tendon pain
  • Rid the soft tissue of any stress

About Hendrickson Method

Improves Function rather than just Relieving Symptoms

Hendrickson Method is a unique therapy which is not so much about manipulations but mobilisations. It is a system of functional rehabilitation that addresses the source of pain, rather than just the symptoms. Providing therapy to joints as well as to muscles, tendons and ligaments the Hendrickson Method helps to:

  • Restore fluid inside the joints
  • Improve range of motion
  • Promote new cell growth
  • Strengthen weak muscles
  • Improve neurological function

Unlike most massage therapies the Hendrickson Method des not require the use of oil and can be undertaken while fully clothed. Suitable for the treatment of most chronic orthopaedic conditions it uses a unique combination of three techniques to bring about optimum results.

  • Wave mobilisation
  • Joint mobilisation
  • Muscle energy technique (MET)

A fundamental part of this advanced therapy is rhythmic oscillation, a wave like motion that is highly relaxing and deeply rhythmic. The Wave Mobilisation is grounded essential Tai Chi principles of energy healing, the stroke mimics an ocean wave and has healing effects that penetrate deep within the body.

Nurturing to receive and energising to perform this therapy allows for the healing of not just physical pain but also provides an environment for the healing of the emotional and psychological components offering superb clinical results combined with deep relaxation.


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