Massage in Aldrington, Brighton
If you live in Aldrington, Brighton, come visit us at Natural Balance Therapies for a great massage experience. Brighton, a relatively small city on the south coast, is fast becoming the UK’s number one centre for therapeutic massage. Well known for its progressive open-minded population, the city now has a high density of massage centres and massage schools offering a wide range of services from clinical massage to pampering spas. Whilst not completely scientific if you compare the number of listings on Yelp for say Manchester vs Brighton, Manchester lists 1 massage business per 5000 population compared to Brighton’s 1 per 2000 population – a significant difference. Several of the UK’s top massage schools are based here including the Jing Institute and The College of Classical Massage. The University of Brighton also runs a Foundation Degree in Complementary Healthcare, a 2-year full time course which includes advanced clinical massage in its syllabus. So, what makes massage so popular in Brighton? Well in part it is the open-minded population (remember this was the first city to elect a Green MP to Westminster) who are pro ‘natural’ solutions that focus on preventative wellbeing rather than reactive ‘traditional’ medicine.
What is massage therapy?
Massage therapy is about using the power of touch, relaxation and manipulation to heal the mind and body. Historically, it has been believed that the physical changes that are made to soft tissues and muscles were the driving force for the healing effects of massage therapy.
Recent understanding through research suggests that it is the effects of massage therapy on the nervous system that are the likely cause of the positive benefits of massage therapy. Health and well-being are enhanced during massage through the release of hormones such as endorphins, that make you feel good. There are lots of different types of massage including Swedish, shiatsu and deep tissue massage, and each comes with its own style and benefits.
Why is massage therapy important for your well-being?
Massage therapy has the power to reduce anxiety and stress and so help the entire body. This, in time, can improve your immune system, and many see immediate improvements in their ability to sleep and relax. Massage can reduce the likelihood of future injuries, as well as improving posture, mobility and reducing muscle-related aches and pains.
What are the benefits of massage therapy?
One’s physical well-being, emotional welfare and physical state can all be improved through massage therapy. On a physical level, it can cause changes to our bodies’ systems including the muscular, fascial, cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, endocrine and digestive systems. The benefits are therefore extremely diverse, from making us less stressed and anxious to reducing physical pain and the risk of future injury. This can mean that you sleep better, feel happier, get sick less often, and feel more in control of your life. Massage provides lots of benefits but is most beneficial when you have monthly sessions to maintain your optimum levels of physical, emotional and psychological health.
Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis
Direct massage is not generally used for acute inflammatory conditions, but gentle stroking can reduce pain and swelling.
Stress Relief and Associated Conditions
Stress can harm our bodies, causing muscles to contract and stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol to be released. While it is true that these responses can be a good thing for the body, it is only short-lived, and with time can result in poor health. Massage has been known to help improve stress.
Headaches and Migraines
Massage therapy treats both tension headaches and migraines, as these conditions are known to be caused by referred pain from the neck and shoulder muscles.
Muscle and Related Conditions such as Spasms, Strains and Sprains
A muscle can contract and go into spasm for many reasons, including dehydration, mineral deficiency, fatigue, and injury. Gentle massage can be used to handle this type of situation. Too much use and overloading of the muscle or ligament can tear the fibres of the muscle causing muscle strain and or ligament sprain. Direct massage is not appropriate while the injury is swollen and painful. But once it is no longer painful, massage can help decrease sensitivity and encourage movement.
One of the many reasons people visit their doctor is back pain. Back pain can be associated with numerous causes, but in most cases, it is not severe, and mostly caused by overworking the muscles. Massage can be very beneficial in desensitising and relaxing the muscles.
Repetitive Strain Injury
Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a term used to describe pain caused by repeated movement and overuse of muscles, nerves and tendons. It is common in any activity that involves repetitive action such as sports and exercises. The disorder can affect multiple upper-body regions, such as forearms, elbows, or wrists. Just like any other overuse injury, massage can be helpful in managing the pain, however, any relief will be temporary if the main cause is not treated.
Circulatory and Respiratory Problems
Massage increases circulation in the body and can be helpful with symptoms such as cold hands or feet and swelling at the extremities. If under medical supervision for a circulatory and respiratory condition, it is essential to get approval from a doctor before having a massage as there are scenarios where massage is not appropriate.
Pregnancy and Labour Discomfort
Massage can be done on pregnant women from 16 weeks up to the full term and can help improve a wide range of health issues, from lower back pain to headaches, swelling, and stress.
Post-injury and Post-surgical Rehabilitation
The body goes into a protective state when it is traumatised. Muscles close to the injured site typically become sensitive and movement is restricted. Massage therapy aims to reverse these two states and help the body return to normal. If still under medical supervision, check with your doctor before having any complementary therapies.
How can Massage Therapy help you with your Back Pain?
Massage therapy is helpful in managing back pain. Deep Massage and Stretching are examples of massage that not only lessen sensitivity but also improve range of motion. When movement and blood flow is increased, it can help minimise post-injury and post-surgery recovery time and accelerate healing by delivering vital nutrients to the muscles and connecting tissues. Relaxing the muscle will increase strength, reduce pain associated with muscle spasm, and even improve sleep. In a study on non-drug treatment by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2016, 20 massage cases and regular treatments were compared and it was discovered that massage therapy can be very effective in the treatment of chronic low back pain. However, the data was insufficient, which clearly indicates the need for further research. It nevertheless showed that there is ample subjective proof that Massage Therapy works for back pain.
Massage Therapies we Offer near Aldrington
We offer more than 20 types of massage therapy. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to know which one would benefit you the most. A lot will depend on what you want to get from your treatment and your personal preference, but if you need help choosing don’t hesitate to get in touch.
After the back, neck and shoulder massage, full body is our second most popular choice. Full body massage typically covers the back, neck, shoulder, head, face, buttocks, arms, legs, feet, stomach, and chest (for men). Although it does not cover female breasts, it can cover the neckline, the area from the collarbone to where the breasts begin.
That said, not all of these areas have to be included, and some clients may have areas, such as their feet or stomach, that are too sensitive to be massaged. It is the individual’s choice and it is extremely important to feel completely relaxed, that is why the treatments are always adapted to the person. With a few exceptions, any of our massages can be given as a full body.
Muscles here tend to shorten from hours of computer or telephone activity, stress and fatigue, or after sporting activities such as tennis or swimming. This shortening can lead to neck stiffness or tension headaches if left untreated. The back, neck and shoulder massage is an essential part of most of the massage types we offer.
Deep pressure is applied with the therapist’s fingers, forearms and elbows to help stretch compressed, tense muscles. It may feel uncomfortable and deeper is not always better, but a professional therapist will be able to exert a therapeutic but relaxing pressure. Whether you overdo it in the gym or work on the computer for a long time, this treatment helps to relieve your body and improve flexibility. If you suffer from knotted shoulders, tight hamstrings or lower back pain, deep tissue massage can help free you up.
Californian massage unites multiple senses of the recipient. Massage movements are gradual and systematic, with delicate touches, kneading, and stretching. During a personal growth workshop at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, this technique was developed in the seventies. It is more than a way to relax; it is also intended to help the recipient reconnect with his/her body.
Chavutti Thirumal is a type of full body massage that requires using warm oils and the feet to apply pressure. Its history dates back over 2,000 years, originating from the time of the martial arts of Kalari in Kerala, which is on the south coast of India. In Malayalam, a local dialect, it literally translates as “foot pressure massage”. It was developed to maintain suppleness in the body and treat pain or swelling. It is, however, equally suitable as a treatment for those who are not involved in regular or strenuous physical exercise and wish to maintain their own fitness and well-being.
The therapeutic or clinical massage targeted at resolving a specific issue, such as muscular pain, is known as remedial massage. However, it may also be associated with poor posture, limited mobility, or sports performance. Sometimes, it is called medical massage, although the term suggests that the therapist has medical qualifications and is generally NOT used in the UK. It is also commonly referred to as sports massage in the UK. Though this term is not helpful, it suggests that the procedure only applies to athletes and sports injuries which is not true.
Abhyanga, which means oil massage, is a form of Ayurvedic medicine that uses Dosha-specific, warm herbal oil to massage the body. Sesame, the base oil, is commonly pre-mixed with herbs. During abhyanga, the body is anointed with oil through a series of long, fluid strokes from head to toe.
Acupressure seated massage, also known as on-site-massage (OSM), originated in California in the early 1980s by David Palmer, a traditional Chinese masseur. Inspired by traditional Chinese medicine known as Amma, this ancient technique has been adapted to a specially designed, ergonomic chair. It was designed to counter the increase in computer use and sedentary work.
Myofascial release refers to a set of methods aimed at releasing areas of facial restriction. Fascia is the connective tissue that covers and fills every part of our body. It works by releasing restrictions throughout the whole body, giving relief to many aches and pains in a single treatment. Myofascial release results in long-lasting tissue improvement so that the effects last longer than traditional massage treatments. Changes in posture may also occur so that symptoms do not come back. One main difference between this treatment and other forms of massage is that it is done on dry skin, with no oils or lotions.
An aromatherapy massage uses a mix of essential oils in a carrier oil that is blended for the desired outcome. The chemical composition of the essential oil can be complex, which is why a single oil can have many different effects when it is absorbed by the body. Some essential oils are relaxing, while others are stimulating. Grapefruit can improve your mood; eucalyptus will clear your head, and sandalwood is very calming. Aromatherapy massage can help with many conditions, including insomnia, nausea, muscle pain, joint pain, stress, anxiety, skin conditions, lymphatic drainage, and hormonal imbalance.
Sports massage is commonly assumed to be intended only for sportspeople. It is actually appropriate for all ages and activity levels. Deep tissue massage is an important part of sports massage. The main difference is the scientific approach taken in sports massage where the therapist uses a number of techniques to get the desired result, but with less focus on relaxation. The desired result is often relief from aches and pains. However, it may also be having a client ready for a sporting event, speeding up recovery or helping to reduce muscle tension from long working hours.
In this massage, two individuals are in the same room and receive a massage at the same time, but each person has a therapist. It is ideal for married couples, same-sex partners, lovers, or just good friends. You may choose this option to celebrate a special day or just because you want to maximise your time spent together. Couples/duo massage is the perfect way for a friend or partner who has never had a massage before to get introduced to massage therapy. As for couples’ massage etiquette, it’s fine to talk to each other or be quiet during the massage. It really depends on you.
Hawaiian massage, otherwise known as Lomi Lomi, is one of the most intense styles of healing massage therapy as it can cause a person to fall into a state of meditation and bliss. It is derived from an ancient technique of healing and working with the body while focusing on treating the person as a whole. This unique oil-rich massage involves applying long and fluid strokes rhythmically all over the body. The therapist uses his/her palms, feet, forearms, and elbows while applying gentle pressure to stretch and lengthen the muscles. The rhythm is calming and pleasurable.
Hot stone massage is a relaxing therapy for tense muscles and damaged soft tissues. The volcanic basalt stones are meant to be heated up to 60 degrees Celsius. You will understand why a heated massage is perfect once the smooth stones are placed on your body. As the stones are used on your body, relieving stress and pain, you achieve a level of relaxation that cannot be quantified.
Indian head massage is a holistic massage technique that is applied to the head, ears, neck, and shoulders. Massage and acupressure are used to help rebalance the energies of your body. This powerful, relaxing massage relieves neck and scalp tension. . The massage happens once you are seated in a chair and wrapped in a towel. Coconut oil is generously applied during this treatment, nourishing the skin and hair, in keeping with Indian practice.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a vital part of lymphoedema treatment, which is a severe condition that causes tissue swelling in the body. It’s a form of gentle massage that stimulates the lymphatic system to reduce swelling. It is preferably used in cosmetic and orthopaedic surgeries, both before and after. It can relieve pain and promote healing of fractures, torn ligaments, and sprains. It relieves fluid congestion and can help heal wounds and burns; it improves the immune system and encourages the removal of waste products.
Pregnancy massage, or prenatal massage, is a gentle and highly-effective technique that helps relieve the special pains associated with pregnancy. This therapy is done in a lateral position. Pregnancy massage will help release tension in the neck, shoulders, lower back, and legs. It is a harmless and supportive technique for women, suitable from week 16 to full-term pregnancy. Pregnancy massage helps relax expecting mothers and reduces the impact of stress on their bodies.
Reflexology is a gentle therapy that encourages well-being through deep relaxation. It is based on the theory that different points of the feet and lower legs are connected to certain areas of the body. Reflexologists focus on these points and regions, applying different pressures to unblock and bring balance to the body. It is a strong aid for relaxation and stress reduction, promoting the proper function of the immune and digestive systems.
Swedish massage is an effective massage that involves a number of techniques, such as stroking, gliding, kneading, rubbing, tapping, pounding, and vibrating. It is a milder massage than deep tissue massage and focuses on relaxation and general relief from stress. It is the most common type of massage and what many other massages types are based on.
Thai massage is an ancient form of massage thought to have originated from Buddhist monks. The therapist stretches out the client and uses steady pressure along the energy lines of the body to increase flexibility, ease muscular tension, and balance the energy systems of the body. Whatever your age and flexibility, Thai massage can be useful for everyone. It is done on a large mat on the floor, with the client fully clothed.
Thai oil massage is a modification of the traditional Thai massage, incorporating firm pressure and deep rhythmic movements along the body’s energy/meridian lines. This treatment is intended to trigger, normalise, and restore the natural flow of Prana/Qi/Chi/energy in the body.
It is believed that maintaining equilibrium in all bodily organs and systems can prevent ill health and disease so that the body can regenerate and work effectively. Thai oil massage uses the properties of several oils so that the therapist can glide over the body effortlessly.
Warm bamboo massage is a type of massage that employs solid bamboo sticks of different sizes to apply deep, long massage strokes to the body. It was created in Asia and becoming more popular in the UK. This therapy is ideal if you enjoy deep work. It will make you feel relaxed and energised, as your muscles will feel stretched out, warmed, and extended.
Why Chose Natural Balance Therapies for your Massage near Aldrington?
With so much choice in Brighton & Hove, choosing the right Massage Centre can be difficult. Natural Balance Therapies was started in 2007, making it one of the most established practices. All our therapists are experienced and trained in advanced bodywork techniques, plus they are caring, friendly and passionate about their work.
What we offer at Natural Balance Therapies:
- Professional, relaxed and caring service
- Central Location just 1.5 miles from Brighton Station
- 10-minute walk from Hove Station
- Online Booking system available 24 hours a day
- Experienced Team of 12 Massage Therapists, 3 Osteopaths and an Acupuncturist
- All therapists are trained in advanced techniques
- Open 7 days a week and late most evenings, up to 8pm
- Corporate events/health promotion at your workplace
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