I am currently not practicing massage, and refer you to my sister Rachael Goodall at Wellness for Women as a recommended massage therapist.
How can massage help me?
Massage has many benefits for everyone. It helps you to relax your body and your mind. One of the most popular reasons to schedule a massage is to relieve tension and stress.
As I do a lot of running myself, I am developing a specialist area in massage for people who do sports- such as runners, climbers and cyclists.
Massage benefits people who exercise, such as runners and climbers. It helps to enhance performance, reduce tense muscles, increase flexibility and body awareness, and also as injury prevention. Massage helps to dilate the blood vessels, which improves circulation, necessary for flushing out lactic acid that can cause problems such as swelling and muscle soreness.
For exercise, it is very important to keep the muscles healthy and in superior condition to increase performance. Massage assists this by improving muscle tone and helping to prevent fatigue and muscular atrophy which could result in injury.
Massage helps the individual to be conscious of how their body functions and what restrictions it may have. Training can be difficult and requires an enormous amount of dedication and hard work. For instance, the actual event that the runner is participating in can push their stress level to the max which can actually lessen their performance. This is where massage comes in as a necessary tool. By allowing the mind to relax and release inner tension, the body follows.
Massage in Pregnancy
Pregnancy Massage involves the gentle application of oil to your skin to promote a feeling of calm, wellness and relaxation for you and your baby. Massage is also beneficial pre conception to help you relax and optimise your sense of well being. In the postnatal period it can be a time for you to recover, reflect and regain your strength.
Cushions and supports are provided to ensure your comfort and safety.
You may want to visit here for more information on the benefits of massage for pregnancy.