Varying Massage Technique

In my massage therapy practice in York I try to adjust my massage technique according to the needs of each, individual client. I sometimes make the observation that it is up to the massage therapist to adjust their massage to the client’s needs, and not the other way around! By varying the depth of the…

A Good Massage Can Resonate With You

When I am not massaging at my York based massage therapy practice, I spend some of my time getting treatments.  I have been for many massages from many different therapists in various countries.  It is a very interesting experience.  There are many different styles (eg Ayurvedic massage, Thai massage, Swedish massage) and I would say,…

“I Feel As If I’m Back In My Body”

In my York based massage therapy practice, I recently had a client say that they felt as if they were “back in their body” after a massage. It was the first time this client had seen me.  They had been going through a very tough time personally and professionally, and wanted to relax.  However, as…

Massaging Following An Assault

I have had clients come to my massage practice in York who have sought treatment after an assault.  Often the assaults are work-based, when a carer may be attacked by a client.  The resulting injury can be complex.  Not only is there the trauma to the muscle and soft tissue, but also the psychological trauma,…

“More Than A Glimmer Of Hope”

I had a client come to my York based massage practice recently who had tried several therapies for their neck and shoulder pain.  They were beginning to lose hope of ever getting any release from it.  However, by the time they left, they happily said they had “more than a glimmer of hope”.  Their issues…

Healing Through Massage And Reiki

Massage and Reiki are two therapies which are known for their ability to heal when correctly applied. In my massage therapy practice in York I offer both.  I find that massage is great at releasing muscular tension, but it so often goes far beyond that.  It can release emotions that have been built up over…

Curiosity About Massage

I have massaged at number of mind body spirit (MBS) shows over the years.  It is a good place to go if you are curious about any type of complementary therapy. I have met many people at these events – many of them have never had a massage before, but are interested in seeing what…

Using Long Massage Strokes

A good massage relies on a number of techniques.  In my massage therapy practice in York I find myself paying a lot of attention on releasing muscular knots.  This requires massaging a particular point to an appropriate depth (not too deep or to gentle), and focusing on that specific area until that knot has fully…

Massaging The Face And Jaw

I have found in my massage practice in York that many people can  have tension in their jaw.  It is surprising how tight the muscles in this area can become.  A gentle massage around the face generally, with a focus on the temples can be a very welcome part of a tension releasing massage. The…

Number of muscles in body

A client in massage therapy practice in York recently observed that there are so many muscles in the human body. There are 650 muscles in the human body.  Many of the surface muscles are better known – such as the biceps, triceps, pectorals, latissimus dorsi, hamstrings and quadriceps.  However, as well as the surface muscles,…

“Flabbergasted” after massage

In my York-based massage therapy practice, a client commented to me a few days ago that they “flabbergasted” after their massage.  They had not realised how much tension had built up in their shoulders.  They said there were parts of their back where they had not even known they had knotty muscles. The problem with…

Allocation Of Time During Massage

I have found when I massage in my York based massage therapy practice, that the allocation of time during a massage can be very difficult to predict. Clients will come with a variety of conditions that need treating. No two clients will present with identical conditions. Two clients may, for example, have a troublesome left…

Sangfroid After Massage

A client recently commented that they had a feeling of “sangfroid” after receiving a massage from me at my massage practice in York. I had to look up the meaning of sangfroid… According to my dictionary it means “Freedom from agitation”. As my client had arrived in a state of quite some stress due to…

Massage And Martial Arts

Martial arts are often a high contact sport. But they are also often very controlled, so the risk of injury can be minimised. However, as with everyone else, martial artists can benefit from regular massage. One of the many insights I have had via my York based therapy practice is that, not only does massage…

Massaging Different Muscle Tones

There are as many types of massage tone as there are people. This is a bold statement, but it is true. Muscle tone varies from the extremely tight to the extremely flaccid. Tight muscles can cause problems as it is often uncomfortable to have muscles which feel as if they are constantly under tension. Flaccid…

Massage Only When Appropriate

It is important to take a full consultation before massaging. This will reveal if there are any conditions which mean it is inappropriate to give a massage. It also allows the massage therapist to talk the client through what will happen during the massage, answer any questions and generally put the client at ease. In…

Massaging The Piriformis

The piriformis is a muscle which extends from the sacrum (the bottom of the back/top of hips) to the top of the femur (thigh bone). It extends across the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, down the back of the leg, into the toes. When the piriformis is inflamed or irritated, it can…

Massaging Inflamed Muscle

Inflamed muscle often appears to be raised. For example, when I look at a client’s back, and they are complaining about discomfort on the left side of their mid back, I will often find that that area is more prominent than the corresponding area on the right side of their back. I have found in…

The Resonance Of Massage

Massage can really resonate with a person, giving deep relief. I have frequently found in my massage practice in York that massage can release emotions, which can then help on a much deeper level. Massage clients will often come along complaining of a neck, shoulder or back pain, or some other pain, but the origin…

The Point of Massage

A friend recently asked me: “What is the point of massage?” It was a good question. I thought about it. When clients come to my massage therapy practice in York they come for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is for relaxation. Other times it is for the release of physical tension. It can be…