Massage has been recognised throughout history as a form of healing. It is the conscious manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for therapeutic purposes.

The variety of techniques available for use by the manual therapist gives rise to both relaxant and stimulatory effects. Deep pressure stimulates the body’s systems, e.g. digestive, immune, and circulatory and lymph systems, while slow, gentle, more superficial movement slows them down, and relaxes them.

The sensation of touch also stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers. These dampen down the perception of pain and induce a feeling of well-being and relaxation, thereby enhancing your mood and increasing your self-esteem.

Key Benefits

Massage can have a beneficial effect of the musculoskeletal, nervous, and respiratory systems, and on the local and general circulation of the vascular and lymphatic systems.

Massage treatment may enhance blood flow, thereby increasing oxygen delivery to the affected muscle and restoring the correct balance within the tissues.

Massage treatment has the potential to influence fluid movement within the tissues, thereby facilitating muscle waste product clearance. Another benefit of massage treatment is relaxation, which can aid in promoting normal recovery.

Who is it for

There are four main types of massage offered , Swedish, Sports, Deep Tissue and Pregnancy massage. The first is primarily for offered for its health and relaxation benefits, whilst Sports is more usually for the management of a specific injury. Deep Tissue works mainly on the body’s connective tissue and Pregnancy massage to alleviate the physical and emotions stress of the condition. Please have a look at my blog for more details about each type of massage.

Deep tissue massage

Pregnancy massage

Swedish massage

Sports massage


Remedial vs General Health

For patients with a recent injury or long term condition the Sports and Deep Tissue options or a combination of both would be most beneficial. However during the taking of your case history notes it may be decided that osteopathic treatment may be more suited to correct structural issues before undertaking a course of massage treatments. Our ethos at Zest is to treat the cause rather than the symptoms and to educate you to heal yourself.

First Visit vs Ongoing Treatment

On your first visit you will be asked about your general health and lifestyle, whether you are on any medication or if you are currently receiving treatment for any problem. You will be asked what the main goal of your treatment is, e.g. relaxation, pain relief, sport preparation, and if you have any problem areas.

You will then be asked to asked to undress to your underwear and to lie on a special table, known as a plinth. Towels will be draped over your body and only the area that is being worked upon will be exposed.

Post relaxation treatments, you may feel slightly light-headed and therefore it is advisable that you relax for a short period afterwards. Your treatment will be discussed with you and any suggestions for maintaining treatment results will be discussed.