Massage is often the most effective non-pharmaceutical way of relieving muscular aches and tensions. However, it is usually done in a static position.
Incorporating movement into a massage.
If you think about it, the aim of most massage sessions, out with a spa, is to reduce tension or stiffness and to free up movement in your body. So why is it usually done in a static position? I incorporate movement into all my techniques. This will give you a deeper sense of unclenching and relaxing of the muscles.
Movement helps with assessment.
All medical orthopaedic assessments involve movement. The movements are deliberate and very specific because they assess a specific injury or problem.
By incorporating movement, I am continuously assessing where your stiffnesses are coming from and which structures need more attention.
If the goal is to remove stiffness and increase suppleness, then by incorporating movement I can assess in real time how beneficial the techniques are.
Movement helps with the release of tension and stiffness.
Most of the time, stiffness and tension is a holding behaviour.
Static massage may relax the muscles while they are still, but it won’t change the behaviour, which is the real reason you are stiff.
By incorporating movement into the massage session, I am encouraging you to get used to not being in that holding behaviour, and change your awareness.
The structures I am working on are designed to move. The body responds to the demands you put on it. By encouraging movement, the tissues will respond by becoming more mobile. They will naturally become more pliable, less sticky, less knotted and less tense.
The importance of adapting techniques as we go along:
There are many types of massage available. Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Massage or Myofascial Release, etc.
They are all good but limited. I think of them as techniques rather than a full massage. Different parts of your body require different techniques. I continuously adapt my techniques as your body responds to the massage.
This is true during a single session but even more so during a treatment plan. Between sessions your body will adapt to the last session and to all the behaviours you perform in that time. I need to be mindful of these factors and adapt accordingly.
Massage as an art and a science
Most massage therapy is taught as an art. The science is rarely taught and therefore neither is how to apply different techniques to different situations.
This is why a Swedish massage is the same wherever you go. A myofascial massage the same whoever performs it. The only difference will be how skilful each therapist is in that art form.
By understanding the science, as well as perfecting the art, I can better adapt my techniques according to your demand. Having trained as an Osteopath and been in practise for over 16 years I have an expert understanding of the science of all forms of bodywork.