Massage in the UK
one of the oldest forms of healing. The first books written on massage
were found in China, dated around the 2nd century BC. Massage is one of
the most natural and universal ways to soothe pain and convey a sense
many styles of massage that utilize different techniques. Some may focus
on releasing tension in muscles, restoring function of the connective
tissue or increasing lymphatic drainage.
therapies incorporate work on the whole body while others will treat specific
areas. Massage is generally a very relaxing treatment with a strong psychotherapeutic
popular styles of massage are:
Deep tissue massage
Manual lymphatic drainage
Hot stone therapy
massage techniques include:
you expect from a massage session?
a pleasant, relaxing experience. Most massage therapies are performed
directly on the skin. Oils, lotions or creams are used to reduce friction
and assist a smooth application of techniques.
oils can be chosen to help your condition and as in aromatherapy, the
oils are an integral part of the therapeutic effect of the massage.
therapies use deep pressure to reach the underlying structures of the
body or friction work to treat injuries and knotted muscle fibers. These
techniques can feel strong but the practitioner will always adjust the
treatment to within your comfort limits. You may experience aching after
your treatment. Aching is usually a sign that toxins and lactic acid are
being released from the muscles and can occur if there is a lot of muscular
tension and if the receiver has a sedentary lifestyle. This should subside
within a few days.
therapies, such as Tuina and Thai massage do not use lubricants and apply
techniques through the clothes.
Questions about what
a massage session involves
Do I need to buy any equipment?
What to wear
If oils are used, clothing will have to be removed. Your practitioner
should respect your modesty by leaving the room while you undress and
cover areas of the body not being worked on with towels or a sheet.
long is a session?
Depending on the type of massage, between 30 to 90 minutes.
is expected of clients?
In most massage therapies you just have to lay on a massage couch and
enjoy the treatment. Some therapies may require you to be more active
in the treatment, for example, move into certain positions or give resistance
against pressure. You may be given exercises or stretches to do between
You should not eat or drink alcohol at least 2 hours prior to treatment.
It is beneficial to drink plenty of water afterwards to assist in the
removal of toxins from the muscles.
costs / fees per session
£ 50 for 1 hour. Prices will vary depending on length of session,
experience and location. Expect to pay around £85 in hotels or spas.
What are the main Qualifications a practitioner should have?
Practitioners should be registered with The General Council of Massage
Therapy or one of its member professional associations. The General Council
of Massage is in the process of self-regulation and its members training
meet the national occupation standards.
The General Council of Massage Therapy https://www.gcmt.org.uk/
can massage treat?
Not enough clinical trials have been done on massage and only a few have
determined the efficacy of massage from a biomedical viewpoint.
As with a lot of complementary and alternative therapies, there are fundamental
problems applying biomedical research methods to prove the effects of
massage. Most of these trials have focused on the psychophysiological
aspects of massage but a few have shown benefits for specific physical
results have been shown in the areas of:
Enhanced immunity in cancer patients
Osteoarthritis of the knee
Reduction of stress hormones
Anxiety and depression
Reduction of blood pressure and heart rate
has also been known to help:
Other skeletal problems
Reduce muscular tension
Correct postural problems
Mobility of the joints
Soft tissue injuries
Remove metabolic waste
Reduce mental and emotional tension
Improve lymphatic circulation
Physical and emotional problems related to stress
articles on massage try PubMed.
Research Institute has a list of studies showing the positive
effects of massage.
The on line
Massage Magazine also has articles
on research into massage.
Therapy Foundation has a research database. You need to register to
for your Directory of
Alternative therapists and Body therapies