Massage involves manually working the superficial and deeper soft tissues of the body, to ease day-to-day stresses and muscular tension, reduce pain, facilitate healing and promote relaxation and well-being. It helps to increase delivery of blood and oxygen to the treated areas and can also be used in support of other therapies to assist in the rehabilitation of muscular injuries.
Massage is used for a variety of reasons. Some people have a soft tissue massage to help simply relax and unwind, while others may have a massage treatment to help with back and neck pain, or have a regular massage to help them manage or cope with a specific physical, mental health or emotional problem. People involved in sport may have a deep tissue or sports massage, before or after training and competing, to stay in optimum condition or treat a recent sports injury site and aid recovery.
There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that massage can be effective in helping to treat certain chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia and low back pain. In guidelines produced in 2016 by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), manual therapies - including massage – are recommended for the early management of persistent, non-specific low back pain.
Before treatment, your therapist will provide a full consultation, asking you various questions about your health and lifestyle, to ensure treatment is right for you. Most massage treatments offered at Protec are 30 minutes duration.
Treatment will generally take place whilst lying on a treatment plinth. If the treatment involves the therapist directly massaging your skin, a nourishing oil or cream-based product will generally be used to provide a free-flowing massage.
Whatever type of massage you are having, your therapist will advise you of what to expect before the treatment begins.