Massage in Coldean, Brighton
If you live in Coldean, 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. Up until quite recently, it was thought that the effects of massage therapy which result in physical changes to soft tissues and muscles are a cause of healing.
Recent research suggests that the positive benefits, such as muscle relaxation, are due to effects that massage has on the nervous system. Health and well-being are enhanced during massage through the release of hormones such as endorphins, that make you feel good. There are different approaches to massage therapy, offering different benefits, including shiatsu, Swedish and deep tissue massage.
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. It can also work more precisely, improving mobility, posture and muscle-related aches and pains, making movement easier and reducing the risk of injury.
What are the benefits of massage therapy?
Massage therapy can positively influence your physical and emotional state 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. As such, the benefits are board, from reducing pain and anxiety to making us more flexible and less susceptible to injury. This, in turn, can lead to better quality sleep patterns, the general feeling of more happiness and control in life, and even getting sick less often. While massage may help with a range of issues, most benefit comes from having regular monthly preventative treatments as maintenance.
Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis
Direct massage isn’t used for inflammatory conditions when acute, but gentle strokes such as those in lymphatic drainage may help reduce swelling and associated pain.
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. Such reactions can be helpful in the short term but they can cause poor health over time. Massage has been known to reduce some of these problems.
Headaches and Migraines
Tension headaches and migraine, often caused by pain from the neck and shoulder muscles have been known to be effectively treated through massage therapy.
Muscle and Related Conditions such as Spasms, Strains and Sprains
Dehydration, mineral deficiency, exhaustion, and injury may cause a muscle to contract and go into spasm. Gentle massage to encourage blood flow may help to reverse this. A muscle strain or ligament sprain occurs where a tear to the fibres is caused by overloading the muscle or ligament or through repetitive overuse. When the injury is acute, there is often swelling, and direct massage is not appropriate. But once it is no longer painful, massage can help decrease sensitivity and encourage movement.
Back pain is one of the main reasons many people pay a visit to their doctor. While there are many causes for back pain, in most cases, the pain is not severe and is typically 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. This condition can be found in the upper body areas, such as the forearm, elbows, and wrists. As with other similar injuries, massage can help bring pain relief, but this relief is usually temporary unless the cause of the problem is identified and solved.
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. Approval must be obtained from a doctor before massage is used to handle circulatory and respiratory issues as there are some cases where massage is not appropriate.
Pregnancy and Labour Discomfort
Pregnancy massage is available from 16 weeks up to the full term and can really help with a variety of issues including lower back pain, headaches, swelling and stress.
Post-injury and Post-surgical Rehabilitation
When the body is injured, it goes into a protective state. Muscles close to the affected site tend to become hypersensitive and movement is affected. Massage therapy aims to reverse these two states and help the body return to normal. If you are still under the care of a doctor, get approval before trying any complementary therapies.
How can Massage Therapy help you with your Back Pain?
Massage therapy can be used to reduce back pain, and to relieve it. 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. However, the data was inadequate and emphasised the need for further research. Still, there are many indications that confirm the use of massage therapy for the treatment of back pain.
Massage Therapies we Offer near Coldean
We offer more than 20 different types of massage care. With such a wide range, knowing which would help you the most can be hard. 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). 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 an individual process and it is extremely important to feel completely relaxed, that is why the treatments are always personalised accordingly. Each of our massages can be performed as a full body massage with a few exceptions
These muscles have a tendency to shorten from hours on the computer or phone, feeling tired or stressed, or physical 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.
The therapist’s thumb, forearms and elbows exert a deep pressure to stretch out shortened and tensed muscles. This may seem uncomfortable, and deeper is not always better, but an experienced therapist will work with therapeutic but still relaxing pressure. Whether you’ve overdone it at the gym or work long hours at a computer, this treatment will help free up your body and improve flexibility. If you suffer from knotted shoulders, tight thighs or lower back pain, the deep tissue massage will help to free you from the discomfort.
Californian massage affects many of the senses of the recipient. Massage movements are gradual and systematic, with delicate touches, kneading, and stretching. This technique was developed in the 1970s in Esalen Institute, in Big Sur, California, during a personal growth workshop. 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 full body massage which involves applying pressure with the feet and using warm oils on the body. The history dates back over 2,000 years and comes from the time of Kalari martial arts in Kerala, on India’s southern coast. It literally translates as “foot pressure massage” in Malayalam, a local dialect. It was developed to maintain suppleness in the body and treat pain or swelling. It is, however, also suitable as a treatment for people who do not exercise regularly but want to stay fit and healthy.
Remedial massage is a type of clinical or therapeutic massage that is carried out to solve specific problems, such as muscle pain. However, it may also be associated with poor posture, limited mobility, or sports performance. Remedial massage is sometimes called medical massage, but this term is incorrect because it suggests that the therapist has medical qualification; therefore, it is not generally used in the UK. In the UK, it is more often referred to as sports massage. 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 the full body massage, the body is smeared with oil using long, smooth movements from head to toe.
Acupressure seated massage, also known as on-site massage or OSM, was designed in the early 1980s by David Palmer, a traditional Chinese masseur. 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 series of techniques designed to release areas of facial restriction. Fascia is the connective tissue covering and incorporating every part of our body. This process works by removing restrictions throughout the entire body, providing relief for many aches and pains with one treatment. Myofascial release contributes to lasting tissue improvement, and the effects last longer than conventional massage therapies. Postural changes may also occur so that symptoms do not keep reoccurring. One important difference between this procedure and other types of massage is that it is performed without oils or lotions on dry skin.
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. Many essential oils are soothing, and others are energising. Grapefruit can lift your mood; eucalyptus can clear the head; sandalwood is very soothing. Aromatherapy massage can be beneficial for many conditions, including insomnia, nausea, muscular pain, joint pain, anxiety, stress, skin disorders, lymphatic drainage, and hormonal imbalance.
It is a common misunderstanding that sports massage is only for sportspeople. It is actually appropriate for all ages and activity levels. Deep tissue massage is a big 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. That desired outcome is often reducing 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 people are massaged in the same room, at the same time, but each one has his/her own therapist. It can be a husband and wife, same-sex partners, girlfriend and boyfriend, or just good friends. This type of massage is a good option for celebrating a special occasion or finding an activity that allows you to spend time 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. During couples’ massages, you can talk to your partner or stay silent the entire time. It’s really up to you.
Hawaiian massage, also called Lomi Lomi, is one of the deepest forms of healing massage, as it can cause meditation and a blissful feeling of floating. 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. Therapists make use of their fingers, hands, forearms, and elbows to apply mild or intense pressure to stretch and lengthen the muscles. The rhythm is very soothing and enjoyable.
Hot stone massage is a relaxing therapy for tense muscles and damaged soft tissues. The volcanic basalt stones are used for heating at a temperature of 60 degrees Celsius. After placing smooth flat stones on your body, you’ll understand why a heated massage is so wonderful. Once the smooth flat stones start moving over your body, taking away all the pain and stress, you will experience a level of enjoyment that can be addictive.
Indian head massage is a soothing holistic therapy meant to treat the head, ears, neck, and shoulders. Massage and acupressure are used to help rebalance the energies of 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. During this massage, in accordance with Indian tradition, coconut oil is generously applied and nourishes the skin and hair.
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a key part of lymphoedema treatment, a serious condition that causes tissue swelling in the body. It is a form of gentle massage which helps to reduce swelling in the lymphatic system. It is preferably used in cosmetic and orthopaedic surgeries, both before and after. It can help repair fractures, torn ligaments, and sprains; it can even decrease pain. 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, 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 helps reduce tension on the neck, shoulders, lower back, and legs. It is a harmless and supportive technique for women, appropriate from 16 weeks to full term. Pregnancy massage helps mums-to-be relax and reduces the impact of stress on their bodies.
Through deep relaxation, reflexology is a beneficial therapy that promotes well-being. It works on the theory that different points on the feet and lower legs are connected to specific areas of the body. Reflexologists use varying amounts of pressure on these points and regions to unblock and align 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. This is the most common type of massage on which many other types of massage are based.
Thai massage is an ancient form of massage thought to have been developed by Buddhist monks. The therapist pulls the client and gently presses along the body’s energy lines to increase flexibility, release muscle tension, and balance the body’s energy system. Thai massage can be useful for everyone, regardless of age and flexibility. It is done on a large mat, on the floor, and with the client fully dressed.
Thai oil massage is a variant of traditional Thai massage, using firm pressure and deep rhythmic movements along meridian/energy lines of the body. This therapy is designed to unlock, balance, and restore the natural flow of the body’s Prana/Qi/Chi/energy.
By maintaining equilibrium in all organs and systems within the body, it aims to prevent poor health and disease while enabling the body to heal itself and work efficiently. Thai oil massage uses the properties of a number of oils, making it easy for the therapist to glide over the body.
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. Originally from Asia, it is becoming increasingly well-known in the UK. If you like deep work, you’ll like this therapy. You will feel relaxed and full of energy; your muscles will feel stretched, warmed, and lengthened.
Why Chose Natural Balance Therapies for your Massage near Coldean?
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