Full body massage £35.00
Back massage (1 hour) £25.00
Massage is a systematic, therapeutic stroking and kneading of the soft tissues of the body.
Massage can help with the following problems:
|Back pain||Sciatica||Frozen Shoulder|
|Chronic Fatigue Syndrome||Anxiety||Pain Relief|
the Devon Clinic C.I.C. is pleased to offer Massage from the following local practitioner(s):
Call 01803 500300 to make an appointment today.
More About Massage
The word is derived from the Greek ‘masso’, to knead and the Arabic ‘mass’, to press gently. It has been used as a form of therapy for thousands of years and touch is the most instinctive response to pain.
Touch is an essential requirement for healthy development in early life and research has shown the babies who have received massage from their mothers have increased weight gain, increased nerve and brain cell development and better hormonal functioning and cell activity.
Earliest records of the use of massage as a therapy come from China over 5,000 years ago. The use of massage in the West became more popular in the 16th Century when a French doctor, Ambroise Pare incorporated a more anatomical and physiological approach.
How Does Massage Work?
The relationship between the exterior and interior of the body is closely interlinked via the nervous system and it has been found that by stimulating specific areas on the surface of the body can have a corresponding effect on the internal organs and systems of the body. The dermis layer of the skin contains nerve endings which respond to touch and, on stimulation, the receptor nerves relay impulses via the spinal cord back to the brain. The brain then relays messages back to the area involved. The effects may include the relaxation of voluntary muscles, the sedation of nerve sensors and improved blood circulation to the area. The receptor nerve endings affected by touch travel more quickly than those involved in chronic pain and can reduce the brain’s perception of the amount of pain from the affected area. Chemicals known as endorphins are also released from the brain and act as the body’s natural painkillers. These help to counter the sensation of chronic pain and give a feeling of well-being and relaxation.
There are many different types of massage that have been developed; some approaches focus on the physical effects that the massage techniques have on the body, whilst others focus attention on the flow of ‘energy’ within the body. All types of massage can have an effect on the skin, muscles, blood vessels, lymph, nerves and some of the internal organs.
Here are just a few types of massage available at The Devon Clinic:
Also known as Therapeutic Massage. A Swede, Per Henrik Ling, developed a system of massage and gymnastics in the early 19th Century which became what we now know as Swedish Massage.
Swedish Massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues (skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments) of the body. It is a firm massage and has a set routine of techniques that vary from deep pressure to stimulate the body’s systems, to a slower, more superficial movement to assist relaxation. There are four basic movements used in Swedish Massage:
Effleurage: relaxes and stretches the superficial muscles of the body.
Petrissage: kneading and squeezing of superficial and deeper muscles and soft tissue.
Friction: breaks down adhesions between tissues and relaxes muscle fibres.
Percussion or Tapotement: a variety of percussive strokes to stimulate skin and muscles to increase blood flow.
Holistic Massage is all about tailoring the perfect treatment for the client at the time of the massage, catering exclusively for what you want and need when you come to see us.
There is no set routine with Holistic Massage, just careful attention to what the individual requires. We look at the causes of your tension and work with the whole You to help restore your natural inner balance.
Fundamentally the approach with Holistic Massage is based around oil-based Swedish massage (Efflerage, Petrissage, Percussion) but you also expect an array of other techniques and moves to come into play to really clear out those cobwebs:
– Deep tissue manipulation
– Thai massage
– Mobilisations of limbs and joints
– Breath work
– Manual lymphatic drainage
– Energy holds
– Hands-free techniques
– Creative visualisations
With so many different ways of working the body each Holistic Massage is always different. A Symphony of Sensation!
Please Note: Holistic Massage is a totally safe complementary treatment (it does not replace medical treatment) but there are some physical conditions which could be contra-indicatory to massage. If you are being treated by a GP for anything please let us know in advance.
For our other types of Massage, please click on Treatments/therapies in the Main menu:
INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE
Massage is sometimes also known as: