There are many different types of massage therapy that are recognised as a holistic or complementary therapy. If you are lucky enough to be part of a Cash Plan you may find that there is an element of cover for holistic therapies including Swedish massage. Alternatively there are a number of qualified therapists around the UK whom you can approach on a private basis.
It is not recommended that massage is used instead of conventional medical care and you should always contact a GP whether private or NHS for medical attention and advice.
What to expect?
Your therapist should provide a full consultation asking you detailed questions about your health and lifestyle to ensure the treatment would be appropriate.
Treatments usually take place on a massage table or coach, though some may require you to sit in a chair or lay down on a futon-type mat on the floor. If the treatment involves the therapist directly massaging your skin, a nourishing oil or cream-based product will generally be used to provide a free-flowing massage, and towels carefully placed to ensure your modesty and keep you warm and comfortable throughout the treatment.
Whatever type of massage you are having, your therapist will advise you of what to expect before the treatment begins.
Your therapist will work the soft tissue of the body for a number of reasons including:
- To de-stress
- To relieve muscular tension
- To promote relaxation
- Increase the delivery of blood and oxygen to the treated area
- To assist in the rehabilitation of muscular injuries
There are many different types of massage therapies and with all types of massage treatments, your therapist will adapt the pressure and techniques used to suit your individual needs and preferences.
There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that massage can be effective in helping to treat certain chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia and low back pain. In guidelines produced in 2009 by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), manual therapies – including massage – are recommended for the early management of persistent, non-specific low back pain.
The above information has been sourced from https://www.fht.org.uk/