Massage Therapies

The Colchester Clinic has highly qualified Massage Therapists who offer a wide range of approaches, depending on what your body requires. It is possible to attend for massage alone, or at the Clinic your Osteopath may recommend that you consult the Therapist to aid the recovery of your ‘soft tissues’.

massage therapyThe Clinic offers massages of 30, 45 and 60 minutes so that your session can be tailored to address your needs appropriately. A typical full-body massage session lasts for about one hour, although shorter sessions for treating specific areas are available.

On the first visit patients are asked a number of questions concerning general well-being, injuries and medical conditions that the Therapist should know about, in order to determine if there are any contra-indications (physical conditions that would prohibit or limit a massage treatment). As western massage therapies are performed directly on the skin, clothing is usually removed for a full-body massage, although underwear is worn. Towels cover areas not being massaged and help to keep the body warm.

Types of massage treatments

The Mersea Road Clinic offers the following massage approaches: –

  • Sports Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Swedish Massage

Sports Massage

Sports massage is the technique of kneading and manipulating soft tissue in order to help prevent sports injuries, treat injuries already incurred and improve performance. As participation in sports becomes more popular at all ages and performances improve from year to year, more is demanded of the athlete. Regular Sports massage is part of the training programme of all top sports people.

The prime purpose of Sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, it can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether one is an athlete, ardent keep-fitter or a once a week jogger.

Anyone can benefit from Sports massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious (occupational, emotional and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries).
Sports massage tends to be deeper and more intense than other massage approaches. It is based on the various elements of Swedish massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression and friction, toning and trigger point response techniques similar to Acupressure and Shiatsu. The skilled Therapist brings together this blend of techniques, knowledge and advised during treatment, to work effectively with the patient to bring about optimum performance and to provide injury-free training and minimise post event injuries.

There are three areas when Sports massage is used to benefit athletes:

  • Maintenance Massage
    A regular massage treatment programme concentrating on particular muscle groups can help the athlete maintain or improve range of motion and muscle flexibility.
  • Event Massage
    Pre-event treatment is used as a supplement to an athlete’s warm-up to enhance circulation and reduce excess muscle and mental tension prior to competition. Post-event massage is geared towards reducing the muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that occur with rigorous exercise.
  • Rehabilitation
    Even with preventative maintenance, muscles cramp, tear, bruise and ache. Sports massage can speed healing and reduce discomfort during the rehabilitation process.

Deep tissue massage

Deep tissue massage is a technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas. It helps to break up and eliminate scar tissue. Deep Tissue massage usually focuses on more specific areas and may cause some soreness during or right after the massage, but if it’s done right the patient should feel better than ever within a day or two.

Swedish massage

Massage can be defined as the systematic and manual manipulation of the body’s soft tissue (i.e. the skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) for therapeutic purposes promoting health and well-being.

Our Massage Therapists utilise Swedish Massage as the foundation for a therapeutic treatment and blend in various techniques, depending upon your body, to address your specific needs.

Swedish massage is a gentle, flowing technique which uses varying degrees of pressure and stretching movements onto the body’s soft tissues. It is most commonly used for relaxation and improving well-being.