Sports massage, deep tissue massage, therapeutic massage, remedial massage, dry needling, trigger point therapy, cupping, neuromuscular therapy or relaxation. Which one shall I choose?
At Embody, book with us for your desired timeframe and your treatment will be customised for you after your initial consultation. We believe there is no such thing as "one size fits all".
You may want a restorative, therapeutic, full body massage with some trigger point work around the neck or shoulder that has been niggling all week causing headaches.
Your calves are screaming while training for your first marathon - deep tissue sports massage with trigger points (perhaps with acupuncture needles), neuromusuclar techniques and stretching should do the trick.
Your lower back might need releasing after a day in the garden, but you would also like some work on the feet at the end just because you love it.
Are you recovering from surgery, or is that long awaited knee replacement looming and we need to keep mobile?
You are experiencing muscular pain during the second or third trimester of your pregnancy.
Does your whole body need a good iron out regularly to aid muscle recovery and keep you going at Crossfit?
Whatever your needs are at the time we will address them with the necessary techniques and you may be provided with aftercare such as stretches, exercises or postural awareness advise.
As Teresa is also a qualified aromatherapist, a bespoke massage oil can be blended especially for you.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a Western modality commonly utilised by bodyworkers such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths and remedial massage therapists worldwide. It is minimally invasive and uses Chinese Acupuncture needles to treat muscular-skeletal pain, and can easily be incorporated into your usual treatment if desired. It is very effective for releasing those nasty painful trigger points, as the needle can penetrate deeper into the muscle than at therapist's thumbs or elbow. Needles may also be placed in other areas and/or corresponding muscles to increase healing. Needling may elicit a local “twitch response” which indicates the needle is in the right spot. This usually decreases while the needle is in place – much the same as a neuro-muscular trigger point when static pressure is applied.
What is Cupping?
Do you remember seeing Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps with large red-purple spots on his shoulders and back? That's cupping! Cupping, like massage, is an ancient form of therapy where different types of cups are applied to the body creating suction which move stagnate blood. The negative pressure creates a lift and separation in the tissue that complements the compression of most manual therapies. Cupping can have a positive affect on circulation, fascia, joints, lymph, skin and muscle tissue, and can easily be incorporated into your regular massage or as a stand-alone treatment. The marks left on the body after cupping are not bruises (which would be caused by impact or pressure) but where the blood has been drawn up through the tissue to the surface. These marks will usually fade within 7 days.