Common Barriers to Massage Treatment

Massage treatment has many benefits: from soothing the mind and healing the body to warming the heart and revitalising the spirit,  regular treatment with a skillful therapist is a useful tool to assist in the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.

' ...but I'm not sick'

Massage isn't just for those suffering from aches and pains or other illness. The healing power of touch has been used for thousands of years, and you don't have to be visibly unwell in order for it to improve your standard of life. That said, many of us have gotten used to various aches and pains as just another part of our lives, and have written it off as the result of growing older or an inevitable consequence of a stressful job or a highly physical (or sedentary) lifestyle. One of the fascinating things I see again and again in the treatment room is clients notice sore muscles or points they didn't know they possessed. Once we discover them, they can be treated and the person feels more relaxed and in tune with themselves.

'Massage is just a treat.'

Massage has been used as a general treatment for maintenance of mind, body and spirit since ancient times. Many people worldwide get regular massage treatments (generally every 2 – 6 weeks) as a way to relax, to remedy physical problems or soothe the mind. Massage has been shown to help alleviate mental conditions such as depression and anxiety, and equip a person to better deal with stress. That said, a massage does make a fantastic gift for someone you care about. One of our gift certificates can be redeemed for any treatment, including aromatherapy, deep tissue, hot stone, reflexology, kinesio taping or lymph drainage. A gift of massage shows you care about the person's health and general wellbeing.

'I don't think I'd like a stranger touching me when I'm not wearing clothing.'

Your therapist will never ask you to fully disrobe: underwear (ie. pants) must remain on at all times. That said, we can provide treatment clothed, including chair massage, reflexology (which stimulates the hands and feet) and some trigger point and lymph drainage techniques. Reiki energy therapy is also available, which can be applied without even touching the body.

'I'm sensitive about how I look.'

To a massage therapist, the body is a finely-tuned machine made of over 500 muscles, 206 bones, countless nerves and cellular systems. When a therapist treats their clients, they do not see the body as something to criticise and condemn, but a beautiful organism which can be manipulated in certain ways in order to initiate healing processes. Your therapist will treat you with courtesy and the utmost respect during your visit. Of course, you can also choose a chair, reflexology or reiki treatment should you be uncomfortable at removing your clothing.

'Massage is too expensive.'

Massage therapy is an indispensable tool when it comes to encouraging healthy circulation, a balanced mental state and a healthy musculo-skeletal system. That considered, we think 35 pounds an hour is a reasonable sum to pay in order to see a real difference in your body's operation. We recommend you return every 2 – 6 weeks in order to see a change.

'I'm worried my illness/ condition means I can't get massage.'

Massage therapy can be applied in many ways which are sensitive to many ailments. For example, light lymph drainage treatment can be applied when a client has a history of high blood pressure or varicose veins, or side-lying massage can be applied when a woman is heavily pregnant. Reiki therapy can be used on areas that cannot be touched.

Massage is a useful tool that can be used to overcome almost any barrier to treatment. There are contra-indications to treatment, but most of the time some form of massage can be applied.