Integrated Massage Therapy
Integrated massage uses techniques from many western massage modalities including Myofascial Release, Swedish Massage and Deep Tissue Massage.
This approach allows your therapist to tailor your treatment to your bodies specific needs.
Is Integrated Massage for me?
Integrated massage is our most popular massage. It’s not just for athletes or people with injuries though. Anyone experiencing any of the following: tension in their body, soft tissue injury, chronic pain or stress will find relief and deep relaxation.
About your massage treatement
Before your massage
When you book an appointment we will ask you to fill out a consultation form. This form will ask about any current medical conditions you might have alongside more general questions about your wellbeing. This information will allow your therapist to design the best treatment approach for you. Please rest assured that any information you provide us will stored securely and 100% confidential.
When you arrive for your massage you will have the opportunity to have a chat with your therapist about the areas you would like them to work on. Your massage therapist will then leave the room so you can undress. You will be asked to strip down to your underwear and to lie down on a massage table covered up by a sheet.
During your Massage
During this treatment we use a massage table with a head hole so that you’re comfortable lying face-down. During the winter months this massage table is gently heated which is an added treat.
Your therapist will focus on areas of your body where you feel tension or discomfort. You should try to relax as much as possible and keep your breathing slow and deep.
You may experience some discomfort during your treatment. Let your therapist know if you feel any pain. They will reduce the pressure. It is important to speak to your therapist as each person has different tolerance levels
After your massage
It is not unusual to feel some pain and stiffness after your treatment, but this should go away after a day or two, leaving you feeling less tense. Massage, especially deep tissue, has the same effects on the body as exercise in terms of increasing blood flow and stretching. Having a deep tissue massage can feel just like having a workout.
Integrated Massage Benefits
Pain and tension relief
Stress relief and relaxation
After just one session with Colin I remembered how my body is meant to feel.
Colin has great attention to detail, making sure to work over every muscle. The atmosphere in the studio is incredibly relaxing and I honestly can’t recommend Colin any higher.Julian Bailey
Massage techniques used
Myofascial Release is a system of bodywork that can evaluate fascia with specialised techniques from craniosacral therapy, osteopathy, structural integration and physical therapy. It’s a manual physical therapy that treats pain, tension and dysfunction.
Myo means ‘muscle’ and ‘fascia’ is the connective tissue network. Fascia is a three dimensional network that extends without interruption from the top of the head to the tips of the toes. Fascia, like muscle, has the ability to contract and relax but, unlike muscle, fascial restrictions creep insidiously throughout the entire network affecting the function of the whole structure, eventually creating the pain that we call symptoms. These symptoms include muscular strains, trigger points and joint dysfunction.
Swedish Massage is regarded as the most common form of massage. Focusing on the musculo-skeletal system using recognised movements to manipulate the soft tissue of the body, it can help reduce muscle spasm and relieve pain. As well as affecting each of the physiological systems of the body, Swedish Massage also has the psychological effect of either invigoration or relaxation.
The five types of strokes that make up this classic massage are effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, friction and vibration. The pressure can be as light or as firm as you like and it’s perfect for unknotting every muscle in your body to make you feel as light as a feather.
Deep tissue massage is used to treat chronic tension and injuries from overuse. Whilst some of the strokes are the same as in Swedish Massage, the pace tends to be slower and pressure is applied more strongly, concentrated on problem areas. Practitioners may use their forearms, elbows, fingertips and knuckles as well as their hands in order to break-up accumulated tension.
If you’re suffering from aches and painful trigger points that cannot be solved by a classic Swedish massage then the deep tissue massage techniques might be the answer. During a deep tissue massage, the pressure is stronger and concentrated on the problematic area which might lead to a little bit of discomfort.