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An introduction to massage

To kick off my blog I'm going to talk about massage and in particular, about two clients who I saw last Friday (June 24, 2011) at the Academy in Harrogate. I provide massage in two places within Harrogate - one as I've said at the Academy Health Club and also at the Pure Physio Rooms on East Parade where we have our studio.

Massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, leading to benefits for all the body systems. My first client of the day, Rachel, had muscle soreness in her calfs due to the amount of off road biking she has been doing recently. My second client, Jon, had a sore back due to the amount of long distance cycling he had been doing with backpacks on! Both Rachel and Jon were booked in for half an hour treatments and both in the relaxing therapy rooms at the Academy.

I used the following techniques on both of my clients -

EFFLEURAGE - Which is used at the start and finish of a massage. It helps to prepare the body for the massage and enables me to get to know my clients body and also for my client to get used to me. This technique is also used to spread the oil.

KNEADING - Streches the muscles and compresses tissue against tissue improving suppleness and elasticity.
FRICTION - Is a method which is used for focusing on a particular problem area.
PERCUSSION - Is the most invigorating of massage techniques. It helps improve local and overall circulation, warms the skin and muscles, improves muscle tone both because of the physical effect of the treatment and because of the improved circulation, helps break up fat deposits in fleshy areas and invigorates the nerves.

It's critical that you drink plenty of water after a massage to ensure your muscles are properly hydrated. In fact, drinking water in general is a good idea!

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