If your back is tired and aching massage can help. Poor posture, mental tension and injury can lead to back pain.
Book in before it gets worse and we’ll help you turn things around.
Before we begin we’ll take some details. Tell us what you’re feeling and a brief history of how it’s developed.
The first stage of the treatment covers the whole back. It gets you settled and relaxed and introduces movement to warm and soften the muscles and tissues,
In stage two we go deeper, building a picture of the areas of tension as we work in to them. Here you start to notice the effect of the massage. You’ll be more aware of the specific areas and aiming to stay relaxed through the massage.
Stage three gives specific treatments to affected areas. That might be deeper, using more pressure, stretching, trigger point release, working with connecting tendons or fascia. You’re going to feel this – in a good way!
At the end you’ll have a couple of minutes to relax before moving. There’s time to talk about what we’ve found and the next steps.
It’s great if you can take it easy afterwards. You’ll be feeling chilled out.
Please call if you would like to discuss a treatment.
When you need something more
Deep tissue massage works with the muscles and tendons which hold posture and allow everyday movement.
Consider deep tissue massage if
- You are having difficulty with everyday activities
- Your shoulders are stiff from being at a computer
- Your hips are stiff from sitting or driving
- You have lower back pain
- Your posture is causing you problems
- You’ve tried stretching but it doesn’t seem to help
Our deep tissue massage is effective because:
- We listen to what you say
- We listen to how your body responds
- We judge the right pressure for maximum benefit
- We give your body the time it needs to release
- We look at the wider picture
Deep tissue massage is directed where it is needed, most frequently in the neck, back, shoulders or legs. The aim is to reduce any pain and increase freedom and mobility. It also brings a deep sense of release – mentally and physically.
Why deep tissue massage?
Tension in muscles restricts movement and can lead to recurring aches or a sudden sharp pains if an injury occurs. Aches usually build up over a period of time due to a repeated everyday action or posture. Pain is the result of damage to the soft tissue. We work carefully around pain – finding ways to ease the tension that causes it without inflaming the problem.
Sitting at a desk, computer or laptop and driving can all put the body into a strain position which is held for a long period leaving the muscles no chance for recovery. Massage makes you feel like you are alive again.
Our approach to Deep Massage:
- Understanding. We want to find out what’s happening in your body.
- Pain-free massage. We believe that pain is part of the cycle of tight muscles. We want to create movement and flexibility without triggering a pain response.
- Depth. We go deep by carefully using and maintaining the correct balance of pressure and movement.
- Recommendations. We can help you understand the symptoms you’re experiencing and suggest the next steps.
Prices and booking
Following lines of tension finds the areas that really need massage.
It’s quite common for people to feel pain at a specific point, but following investigation we often find that the painful spot is part of a wider band of tension. A typical example is lower back pain which can result in sharp, painful twinges often triggered by a particular movement. There’s probably tension down into the hips and up into the back.
In this case I explain that I’ll work at the point where the pain occurs, but also explore a wider area. What I want to do is uncover the whole chain of tension and work along that chain so that the whole problem is reduced. I’m using my sense of touch to check the condition of the tissues – muscles and tendons – and locate the tension. Healthy muscle is soft and flexible. Muscles which feel tough aren’t able to release properly. The associated tendons, which connect the muscle to bone, feel like taught ropes.
Once I massage into these areas clients can be surprised that they are tender, but welcome the relief. It’s taking the pressure off the painful area.
The pain is often due to muscle damage so I will work carefully in that area. Pain causes more tension and that’s counter productive. People know what feels right for them so I just ask.
Once the treatment is over the pain should be eased and the client feels more relaxed. We also have a better understanding of how their body is behaving. We might talk about possible causes and explore possible solutions such as stretches or movements they can do themselves or changes they can make to their environment or activity patterns to help.
One massage can often be a turning point and indicate the next step towards recovery.
How massage therapy can help when you are in pain.
Pain is relevant to massage therapy in a number of ways. In this article I look at the treatment of painful conditions such as lower back pain.
I have seen how pain can impact people’s lives. Pain effects everyday activities and can be upsetting and worrying. Pain makes it hard to concentrate on other things. People suffering from pain adapt their movements and activities in an attempt to avoid it. Clients say things like, “The only position I’m comfortable in is x, y or z and that’s getting worse.” The body also adapts unconsciously by changing posture and calling on other parts of the body to take the strain.
Of course pain can be a symptom of many things and if you’re not sure, do see your doctor. If however your pain is muscular then you might find that your GP doesn’t offer much help to address its cause.
Massage works to relieve pain in a number of ways. 1. by finding and relaxing muscle tension that is causing or contributing to your pain. 2. by relaxing the whole person 3. by changing the way you perceive pain 4. by helping you understand the mechanics of the problem you are experiencing. 5. by helping you make beneficial changes in your life 6. by changing the way your body feels and the way you feel about your body.
As I therapist I need to be sensitive. I don’t want to trigger the pain – which would exacerbate the problem. I have a range of techniques so I can adapt around the sensitivity yet still be effective.
A client I saw recently had stiffness in his neck which caused pain up into his jaw and temple and behind his eye. During his massage sessions I’m working to help release his neck which is the immediate cause I’m also working around his hips and back to help his posture – and we’re discussing the influences which affect his everyday posture. It’s also a supportive environment where he can talk about his health and take time to relax.
As I work into painful areas I’m using my sense of touch and my clients reaction to judge what’s needed. As well as providing physical relaxation, I want my client to experience that part of their body in a new way; a way that can respond positively without pain. I think this is an important part of my treatment as it breaks the cycle of pain and tension.
After treatments clients report feeling looser, have increased movement and simply feeling better. Sometimes there are great steps forward in a single session, but I can’t promise.
Once a particular issue is resolved, people often opt for a regular treatment to keep them supple and head off any future problems.
If there’s anything you would like to discuss, please call me.
Two treatments this week seemed to reflect opposite ends of the spectrum.
The first was a woman who is having regular treatments to help ease mental and emotional stress that builds up in her body. On her first visit she was worried that the massage would make her feel painful afterwards. I was careful to make sure it didn’t. We’ve since built a deeper relationship. She is currently experiencing a number of symptoms related to hormonal changes. The massage is a bit more physical now, but with sensitivity.
In contrast I treated a man who comes periodically with accumulated muscle tension – knots and clunks in his shoulders and neck. I found myself using the most directed pressure I’ve ever used in a treatment. I had the majority of my body weight directed through my elbow into his shoulder. This type of treatment also requires sensitivity. It’s so important the person’s comfortable with the pressure and obviously needs to be applied in exactly the right spots. For him, it works and he leaves relaxed, looser and happier back to his family.
Read what people say about my massage.
John came to Natural Touch when his wife bought him some vouchers. “As a guitarist I divide my working time between playing, practising and teaching which means I’m often in the same position for some length of time. Even though I’m fairly active I noticed a few years ago that my shoulder and neck began to ache and became stiff.
“I use yoga to help stretch as regularly as I can but have found that a deep massage can really help loosen up tight spots and knots that build up over time. After a massage I feel a bit looser which gives me motivation to stretch and also importantly relax. Nigel has helped me to think about my posture a lot more which helps me to manage and balance my lifestyle.”
Hear more from John at www.jd-guitar.com, www.guitar-lessons-bath.co.uk and www.guitar-skills.com or listen on YouTube.
It’s normal to feel achy and stiff after a hard run – especially if you’ve pushed yourself to the limit.
Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) usually comes on the following day and will be familiar to anyone who has ever pushed themselves physically. A day or two later you should feel fine. In the mean time, look after yourself with good food and plenty of fluids.
If beyond that you’re noticing your muscles feeling tight then a massage can help. At this stage massage can help lengthen shortened muscles and break up any of the congestion which makes muscles feel hard.
If you’re suffering other problems such as back, hip, neck or shoulder pain, massage can help too.
Muscle Injury (Sprain)
If you have pain, redness, swelling and heat which came on immediately these are the symptoms of a muscle injury. You should immediately:
Rest the affected part
Apply ice to cool the area (not directly on the skin)
Bandage the area to help limit swelling and
Elevate the limb
Seek medical advice if you are unsure.
When these symptoms have gone you can gently return to stretching and exercise, being careful not to cause more damage to the weakened area.
As scar tissue forms, use massage to help it’s fibres line up with the muscle fibres. Scar tissue is not as strong or flexible as the original muscle.