The prime purpose of massage is to improve the neurological connections by alleviating the stress and tension built up in the body’s soft tissue during physical work or activity or due to emotional stress and to reduce the metabolic build-up. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively and bring mobility and stability back.
A constant build-up of tension in the muscles from regular sport activity as well as from bad posture, emotional states and work pressure leads to stresses on joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and connective tissue, therefore causes restricted range of motion, chronic pain and metabolic build-up.
These muscle imbalances often go undiagnosed until they are serious enough to cause severe discomfort or physical performance limitations for sports and especially daily activities.
What is it?
Depending on your complaints, different massage techniques (Sports-, Trigger Point- and Deep Tissue massage) can be applied and combined for a maximum personalised result:
– Intermittent pressure: drainage of fluids
– Effleurage: smooth long stroking and rubbing movements, increasing blood circulation in the
skin and under-layers, stretching and relaxation of tissues
– Petrissage: kneading, squeezing and rolling on deeper tissues for mobilising fluids, stretching
muscle fibers and inducing relaxation. Cross-fiber work is used in addition to massage along
the length of the muscle to release metabolic build-up.
– Trigger point response techniques to dissolve muscle spasms and knots
– Deep tissue techniques to reach the connective tissue and deeper
muscles, breaking down "lesions and adhesions" in muscles and separating muscle fiber
For sporters, more focus and attention is given to the specific areas of the body that are impacted by a certain discipline…But you don’t need to be an athlete to benefit from the many advantages of a good massage!
What are the positive effects of massage:
Regular massage enables you to cope better and in an easier way with your daily routines at work or at home and helps you to maintain a healthy physical state.
– Reduce excess muscle and mental tension: drains away fatigue
– Alliviate musculair pain, eliminates and drains liquids
– Improves performance
– Allows faster recovery from intense workouts, sport events or competitions
– Reduces risk of injury or accelerates recovery from injuries
– Improves full range of motion in muscles and joints and increases mobility
– Improves circulation and lymphatic flow
– Takes away pain complaints or at least reduces them
– Improves postural and general body awareness
– Improves overall condition and stability
– Promote deeper and longer sleep
– Reduces stress
… and in particular it provides deep relaxation.
Specifically massage can help with pain and dysfunction associated with:
– Rotator cuff / shoulder muscles
– Work related posture
– Lower back pain
– Piriformis syndrome and associated Sciatic type pain
– ITB syndrome