Massage involves different types of touch, pressure or flowing movements


applied to the skin and underlying tissues to release muscular tension and


pain, relax the body and enhance wellbeing.


Different massage techniques and approaches exist.


Aromatherapy -  massaging diluted essential oils, extracted from plants,


directly into the skin using a range of different massage techniques.


Ayurvedic massage - pressure point or hot oil massage that may involve


whole-body massage or only parts of the body, such as Indian head




Hot stone massage - application of different types of warm or cool stones


to the skin to relax muscles or reduce swelling and inflammation.


Lymphatic massage - (also known as manual lymphatic drainage) – light


and gentle techniques to improve the circulation of lymph fluid in the body.


Reflexology - pressure from the thumb and fingertips on the soles of the


feet, and sometimes the hands.


Remedial massage - soft-tissue massage, commonly used to treat muscle


and joint pain and sports injuries.


Therapeutic massage - a range of techniques applied to the skin using oils,


including effleurage (stretching and relaxing superficial muscles), petrissage


(kneading and squeezing deeper muscles and tissues), friction and


compression (rubbing and ‘holding’ the tissues to break down scar tissue and


relax muscles), tapotement (rhythmical movements and tapping performed


with the edge of the hand or heel of the palm to increase blood circulation)


and vibration (rhythmical movements for releasing tension and boosting






What's it used for?


Massage is often used to alleviate stress and aid relaxation, to relieve pain


and to facilitate healing from injury. It's a part of many cancer care


programmes and is also used for premature babies, infants, young children


and older people. It also plays an important part in sports therapy.



What does it involve?


Touch is used to locate areas of stiffness, pain or tension and then various


techniques involving pressure, friction or stretching of the skin are used to


promote circulation and release tension. Oils or powder may be used to


enable smooth, flowing massage movements.



How does it work?


Massage of the skin and underlying tissues increases circulation of blood and


lymph fluids, which is thought to increase oxygenation of the tissues and aid


the removal of waste products.


Massage is believed to stimulate skin receptors and the nervous system


triggering the release of ‘feel-good’ chemicals, known as endorphins that help


us relax. It may also help ‘block’ pain signals. It can lower blood pressure and


heart rate.




Usually a brief medical history will be taken to determine the most


appropriate form of massage for you. For many types of massage you will


be asked to undress down to your underwear and lie on a massage couch,


where you will be covered with towels or a sheet. The room should be warm


enough to allow you to relax fully. Oils may be used, as in


Swedish/Thereuptic massage or Aromatherapy, and either the whole body


or just a certain part, such as the feet in reflexology, will be massaged.


Associated techniques, such as hot & cold packs for injuries may also be


used as part of the treatment.


Time taken: A massage can last anything from 15 to 90 minutes, depending


on whether it's a partial or full massage, but commonly takes 40 to 60




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