Massage in Carlton-Hill, Brighton
If you live in Carlton-Hill, 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?
Through the power of relaxation, manipulation and touch massage therapy, it is possible 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 research suggests that the positive benefits, such as muscle relaxation, are due to effects that massage has on the nervous system. Feel-good hormones are released during massage and these can improve your health, well-being and sense of happiness. The different styles of massage, including deep tissue, shiatsu and Swedish massage, each has its own benefits.
Why is massage therapy important for your well-being?
Stress and anxiety can be reduced through massage therapy, thus helping the whole body. This, in turn, can improve sleep and bolster the immune system, the body’s natural defense against disease. Massage can also have very specific effects on posture, mobility, aches and pains, improve your ability to get around, and reduce risks of injury
What are the benefits of massage therapy?
Massage therapy can have a positive effect on a person’s physical state, emotional welfare and psychological well-being. At the physical level, massage therapy can change our body, including influencing our fascial, muscular, lymphatic, cardiovascular, digestive, nervous and endocrine systems. The benefits are therefore extremely diverse, from making us less stressed and anxious to reducing physical pain and the risk of future injury. The spin-off benefits include feeling a greater sense of control and happiness in life, getting better quality sleep, and being unwell less frequently. The most benefit is gained from massage therapy when you have regular, monthly sessions, to prevent future deterioration physically and emotionally, and maintain a good level of overall health.
Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis
Inflammatory conditions don’t receive direct massage, but gentle strokes like those associated with lymphatic drainage may offer benefits such as reduced pain and swelling.
Stress Relief and Associated Conditions
Stress can affect our bodies, triggering muscle activity that releases stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. 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 demonstrated to combat some of these impacts.
Headaches and Migraines
Massage therapy has effectively treated both tension headaches and migraines as these are often caused by referred pain from the muscles of the neck and shoulders.
Muscle and Related Conditions such as Spasms, Strains and Sprains
Muscle contraction and spasms occur for a variety of reasons, such as dehydration, mineral deficiency, exhaustion, and injury. Gently massaging the affected area can result in improved blood flow to reverse the condition. Muscle sprain or ligament tear can occur as a result of overuse and overloading of muscles. Direct massage is not appropriate while the injury is swollen and painful. Once the pain and swelling subside, massage can be helpful in decreasing sensitivity and improving normal movement.
Back pain is one of the most common reasons for people to see their GPs. 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 extremely beneficial in helping the muscle to relax and become desensitised.
Repetitive Strain Injury
Repetitive strain injury is pain caused by overusing the muscles, tendons, and nerves due to repetitive activities. This condition is common in sports, work and other activities that involve repeated actions. 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 can boost circulation in the body and can help with symptoms such as cold hands, cold feet, and swelling at the extremities. When used for a circulatory and respiratory condition, it is important to get approval from a doctor as there are occasions when massage is not ideal for these conditions.
Pregnancy and Labour Discomfort
Massage is available for expecting mothers from the 16th week up to full term and can really help manage a lot of health conditions ranging 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 injured. Muscles close to the affected site tend to become hypersensitive and movement is affected. Massage therapy can be used to reverse these two states and help the body to heal. If under medical supervision, get permission from the doctor before trying any complementary therapy.
How can Massage Therapy help you with your Back Pain?
Massage therapy is helpful in managing back pain. Many methods, including deep tissue massage and stretching, can help reduce hypersensitivity and increase range of motion. Improved movement and blood flow can both minimise recovery time after an injury and promote healing by delivering nutrients to the muscles and connective tissue. Relaxing the muscle increases strength, decreases muscle spasm-related pain and even improves sleep. A non-drug treatment study in 2016 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality compared 20 cases of massage and regular treatment and found out that massage can be very effective for treating chronic lower back pain. The strength of the data was insufficient however, emphasising the need for more study. That said, there is lots of anecdotal evidence to support the use of Massage Therapy for back pain.
Massage Therapies we Offer near Carlton-Hill
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. Your choice will be determined by your personal preference and treatment you need, but do not hesitate to get in contact if you need help making a decision.
After the back, neck and shoulder massage, another of our popular choice is the full body massage. A full body massage may include the back, neck, shoulders, face, head, glutes, arms, hands, legs, feet, stomach and chest (for men). Women’s breasts are not included but the massage may include the region from the collarbone to the point where the breasts start.
Not all of these areas need to be considered, however, because some clients may have areas such as feet or abdomen that are too sensitive to massage. It is totally up to the individual and being completely relaxed is vital, that is why each therapy is adapted accordingly. Each of our massages can be performed as a full body massage with a few exceptions
These muscles tend to shorten after hours of work at the computer or phone, or when we feel tired or stressed, or after physical activities such as tennis or swimming. This shortening can result in a stiff neck or tension headaches if left untreated. Back, neck and shoulder massage is an integral part of most of the different massage types we offer.
The therapist’s thumb, forearms and elbows exert a deep pressure to stretch out shortened and tensed muscles. It can feel uncomfortable, but deeper isn’t always better, and a skilled therapist will work with a pressure that is therapeutic but still relaxing. Regardless of whether you are overdoing things at the gym or working for a long time at the computer, this treatment helps to relieve the body and improve flexibility. If you suffer from stiff shoulders, tight hamstrings or pain in the lower back, deep tissue massage can help ease your body.
Californian massage unites multiple senses of the recipient. This massage therapy involves slow and intentional movements of gentle touches, kneading, and stretching. This technique was developed in the 1970s in Esalen Institute, in Big Sur, California, during a personal growth workshop. More than just a means of relaxation, this massage technique was intended to give the recipient a chance to reconnect with his/her body.
Chavutti Thirumal is a full body massage which involves applying pressure with the feet and using warm oils on the body. This form of massage dates back over 2,000 years and comes from the era of the Kalari martial arts, which is from Kerala on India’s southern coast. In Malayalam, a local dialect, it literally translates as “foot pressure massage”. It was meant to help maintain flexibility in the body and to relieve pain and swelling. However, it is also suitable for the treatment of people who do not exercise regularly or strenuously and want to maintain their physical fitness and well-being.
Remedial massage is a form of therapeutic or surgical massage aimed at addressing a specific issue, such as muscular pain. Nevertheless, this massage can also help with poor posture, limited mobility, and performance in sports. It is sometimes called medical massage, though this term implies the therapist has a medical qualification, and this is NOT generally used in the UK. It is also commonly referred to as sports massage in the UK. However, this term is not helpful because it suggests that the treatment only applies to sports injuries or athletes, which is not true.
Abhyanga, meaning oil massage, is a type of Ayurvedic medicine involving body massage with Dosha-specific, warm herbal oil. Sesame, which is the base oil, is often pre-mixed in herbs. The body is bathed with oil, and the deep, fluid strokes are used from head to toe during this full body massage.
David Palmer, a traditional Chinese masseur, originally developed acupressure seated massage or on-site massage (OSM) in California in the early 1980s. Inspired by the traditional Chinese art of healing called Amma, this ancient technique was adapted to a specially designed, ergonomic chair. On-site massage is intended to counterbalance the increasing use of computers and sedentary work.
Myofascial release refers to a set of methods aimed at releasing areas of facial restriction. Fascia is the connective tissue covering and incorporating every part of our body. This process works by removing restrictions across the whole body, which relieves several pains and aches in one procedure. Myofascial release contributes to lasting tissue improvement, and the effects last longer than conventional massage therapies. Posture changes may also occur so that the symptoms do not return. The main difference between this treatment and other forms of massage is that it is performed on dry skin without oils and lotions.
An aromatherapy massage uses a mix of essential oils in a carrier oil that is blended for the desired outcome. The essential oil’s chemical composition can be complex, which is why, when absorbed by the body, a single oil can have many different effects. Some essential oils energise, and others can relax. Grapefruit will lift your spirits; eucalyptus may clear a fuzzy head; sandalwood is very calming. Aromatherapy massage can aid in various conditions including sleeplessness, nausea, muscle pain, joint pain, stress, anxiety, skin conditions, drainage of the lymphatic system, and hormone imbalance.
It is a common misconception that sports massage is intended only for athletes. In fact, it is actually ideal for everyone and at all level of activity. Deep tissue massage is a big part of sports massage. The clinical approach to sports massage where the therapist uses a number of techniques to obtain the desired result, but with reduced emphasis on relaxation is a major difference. Typically, the desired result is a reduction in aches and pains. However, it can also involve having a client ready for a sporting event, enhancing post-event recovery or even helping to relieve muscle tension after long hours of work.
In this massage, two people are massaged in the same room, at the same time, but each one has his/her own therapist. It is ideal for married couples, same-sex partners, lovers, or just good friends. You can choose this option to celebrate a special day or just maximise your time together. Couples/duo massage is also a great way to introduce a partner or friend who has never experienced a massage and is apprehensive about it. When it comes to a couple’s massage, you can talk to each other if you want or be silent during the massage. It’s up to you.
Hawaiian massage, also known as Lomi Lomi, is one of the most profound forms of healing massage because it can induce states of meditation and blissful feelings of floating. It was developed from an ancient healing technique and treatment that aims to heal the entire body at once. This unusual, oil-based massage includes carrying out long, smooth rhythmic motions on 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 therapy used to ease tense muscles and heal damaged soft tissues. Volcanic basalt stones are heated to 60 degrees Celsius. As soon as you put the smooth flat stones on your body, you can understand why this heated massage is so transformative. 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 relaxing therapy that involves treating the head, ears, neck, and shoulders. Massage and acupressure help restore energy back to the balance in your body. This powerful, relaxing massage relieves tension around the neck and scalp. The massage takes place with you sitting in a chair and wrapped in a towel. According to Indian tradition, coconut oil is generously applied during this massage, which nourishes the skin and hair.
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is an essential part of treating lymphoedema, a chronic condition that causes swelling in the body’s tissues. This is a gentle massage that stimulates the lymphatic system to reduce swelling. It is preferably used before and after surgery in both cosmetic and orthopaedic surgeries. It can help repair fractures, torn ligaments, and sprains; it can even decrease pain. It helps with fluid congestion and can accelerate the healing of wounds and burns because it improves the immune system and helps remove waste products.
Pregnancy massage, also known as prenatal massage, is a gentle technique that has a deep yet delicate effect on relieving special pregnancy pains. This therapy is carried out with the recipient lying on the side. Pregnancy massage soothes the neck, shoulders, lower back, and legs. It is a safe, supportive procedure that is appropriate for pregnant women from 16 weeks up to full term. Pregnancy massage helps calm down expecting mothers while reducing the effects of tension on their bodies.
Reflexology is a beneficial therapy that promotes well-being through relaxation. It operates on the premise that different points on the feet and lower legs are related to particular areas of the body. Reflexologists use varying amounts of pressure on these points and regions to unblock and align the body. It is a powerful aid for relaxation and stress reduction; as such, it may support the healthy function of the immune and digestive systems.
Swedish massage is an intense massage involving a variety of techniques, including stroking, gliding, kneading, rubbing, tapping, pounding, and shaking. It is a gentler massage than deep tissue, with a focus on general stress relief and relaxation. 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 the client, then applies gentle pressure along the energy lines of the body to increase flexibility, relieve muscle tension, and stabilise the energy system of the body. Whatever your age and flexibility, Thai massage can be useful for everyone. It is done on the floor, on a large mat, and with the client fully clothed.
Thai oil massage is a type of conventional Thai Massage that involves applying strong pressure and rhythmic movements along the body’s energy lines/meridian lines. This treatment is intended to trigger, normalise, and restore the natural flow of Prana/Qi/Chi/energy in the body.
It is aimed at prevention of ill health and disease by maintaining balance in all organs and systems within the body, allowing the body to heal and work efficiently. The Thai oil massage uses the properties of many oils, enabling the therapist to glide across the body easily.
Strong bamboo sticks of varying lengths and diameters are used in a warm bamboo massage to stimulate the body with strong, long massage strokes. It was developed in Asia, and it is becoming increasingly popular in the UK. If you like deep work, you’ll like this therapy. It will leave you soothed, energised, and feeling that your muscles have been pleasantly stretched, warmed, and elongated.
Why Chose Natural Balance Therapies for your Massage near Carlton-Hill?
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