Brooks-Carter Clinic

Advanced Remedial Massage involves specific techniques used with Swedish and Remedial and Sports Massage to treat lesions of joints e.g. frozen shoulder, tennis elbow etc, as well as back pain.

The main effects of Advanced Remedial Massage are on:

  • the mechanics of the body
  • the circulatory system
  • the nervous system

The far-reaching effects of an imbalanced structure include gynaecological, gastro-intestinal and respiratory problems. Pathologies such as irritable bowel syndrome and other bowel pathologies, dysmenorrhoea and asthma will also manifest an area of facilitation in the spine. The associated area will be painful or at least sensitive and there is most often a lesion or subluxation present. By using certain massage techniques on the spine, many conditions can respond for this reason.

The Advanced Remedial Massage Therapist will have increased their "tool-kit" with special techniques known as Muscle Energy Techniques (MET). These can be used to restore facet joint problems which cause back pain and other conditions.

THE MAIN EFFECTS OF ADVANCED REMEDIAL MASSAGE ON THE BODY ARE:

THE MECHANICS OF THE BODY

PRINCIPLES OF BODY MECHANICS RELY ON LEVERAGE, BALANCE AND BIOMECHANICS.

  • correct mechanics allows movement of body fluids, muscles and joints
  • muscles - only muscles move joints - spasms need to be released allowing balance to restore
  • improves postural muscles
  • Advanced Remedial Massage Therapy releases adherent tissues and fascial restrictions so joints move more easily
  • with easier movement - the muscle pump is assisted
  • muscles of respiration work more efficiently - aiding the respiratory pump, essential for efficient circulation
  • encourages the laying down of the minimum of scar tissue and fibres along the same direction as the muscle fibres
  • gives the body space to heal itself
  • increases awareness

IF THE STRUCTURE (FOUNDATION) IS FAULTY, THEN THE WHOLE MECHANISM CANNOT WORK EFFICIENTLY

THE CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
  • the arterial circulation of oxygenated blood to the cells
  • the venous system returning de-oxygenated blood to heart, relieving congestion
  • the lymphatic system transporting excess fluid, protein and waste products form the interstitial space to the circulation
  • circulation to the blood vessels is improved. Walls of blood vessels need to be soft and pliable to assist filtration, elimination and absorption
  • assists the inflammatory response
THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
  • brains, which extend via the spinal cord from which the nerves to all organs, muscles and joints arise. The brain releases endorphins as a response to the treatment
  • the autonomic nervous system
    • the sympathetic nervous system - involved in the General Adaptation Syndrome - involved in increasing energy, the ‘fight or flight' response
    • the parasympathetic nervous system - that calms everything down and encourages rest and repair.

The far-reaching effects of an imbalanced structure include gynaecological, gastro-intestinal and respiratory problems. Pathologies such as irritable bowel syndrome and other bowel pathologies, dysmenorrhoea and asthma will also manifest an area of facilitation in the spine. The associated area will be painful or at least sensitive and there is most often a lesion or subluxation present. By using certain massage techniques on the spine, many conditions can respond for this reason.

CONDITIONS MOST OFTEN TREATED AND HELPED

CASE STUDIES

 

WHY BABY MASSAGE ?

Baby Massage is one of many ancient traditions which can help new mothers give their infant the best possible start in life. Baby massage promotes both health and the feeling of security that all babies crave.

The long standing benefits of baby massage for infants are plentiful. The immediate benefits of regular baby massage include a marked improvement in sleep duration & quality, improved circulation, healthier muscle tone and a feeling of deep relaxation. The help in alleviating the symptoms of colic and other digestive conditions is also widely known. Baby massage provides a wonderful sense of calmness for the baby through the reduction of stress causing hormones.

Baby massage is especially effective in premature babies, massage techniques can be adapted to help increase much needed weight gain and prevent any further well-being complications. Babies with special-needs also are well known to benefit from regular skilled massage.

Infant massage is an old tradition that can help parents give their precious baby the best loving start in life to promote health and happiness.

BENEFITS FOR THE BABY

The physical benefits of infant massage are practically endless, but the immediate benefits include:

  • alleviates the common symptoms of colic, teething, painful wind and constipation
  • aids in soothing teething pains, wind and constipation pain and related stress
  • encourages babies to sleep better and for sustained periods
  • provides a relaxing activity for both mother and baby
  • can help reduce post natal depression and help baby and mother and also baby and father improve that special bond
  • boosts self esteem and self confidence in new mothers
  • helps stimulate baby’s important health system & functions including co-ordination, respiration, digestion, learning and language development
  • helps stimulate a natural milk flow during breastfeeding

It is also important to know that infant massage is especially important in premature infants where the massage can be adapted to increase weight gain and prevent other complications. Infants with special needs also benefit greatly from regular massage.

BENEFITS FOR THE PARENTS

  • Help promote relaxation - you actually feel relaxed massaging your baby!
  • Enables parent to get to know their baby
  • A great way to meet other parents with similar age babies
  • Reduces the incidence of post natal depressions and ‘baby blues’
  • Offers you practical ‘tools’ and techniques to deal with colic, wind , constipation , sleep and other baby issues
  • Enables you to spend some quality time in with your baby in a usually busy world

BABY MASSAGE GUIDANCE

We can give you guidance on massaging your baby! 

Today, many women anticipate pregnancy as an event to be fully enjoyed, and use alternative therapies to compliment mainstream health services.

Our therapies help prepare for an easy birth – that most athletic event!  Good structural balance combined with flexibility in the joints of the pelvis and lumbar spine can aid the baby's chances of engaging in the correct position and finding the easiest way through the birth canal. Breathing is easier with better respiratory muscles.

Massage during pregnancy not only feels really good, there are also many other benefits for the mum-to-be and baby.

From early pregnancy to recovery from labour, massage can:

  • Eases many of the common complaints such as headaches, stiff neck, shoulder discomfort, carpal tunnel syndrome, leg cramps, sore, swollen ankles and feet, back pain and ‘sciatica’
  • Improves circulation, thus enhancing elimination of wastes and maximising the supply of nutrients and oxygen to mum and baby, while helping to maintain normal blood pressure
  • Promotes flexibility and encourages stability, thus making both mum and baby safer and preventing injuries
  • Stimulates glandular secretions, which helps stabilise hormone levels.
  • Eases constipation making haemorrhoids less likely
  • Soothes and relaxes nervous tension, helping mum-to-be sleep better and more deeply. Doctors and midwives agree that a relaxed mother will have a happier, healthier pregnancy and probably an easier childbirth experience, too.

Just before and during labour:

  • Develops the sensory awareness and relaxation necessary for a positive birth experience
  • Relieves pain during labour and can help reduce time in second stage
  • Reduces need for need for induction, epidurals and episiotomies,
  • Can be used during the birth to help mum-to-be to focus

Mums report positive experiences of massage during labour.

Let us know if you would like a Therapist to teach your birth partner some massage strokes to help you, while you are in labour.

Therapists are available to assist you during labour. Let us know if you would like to be put in contact with someone.

Massage Therapy after the birth:

  • Helps mum to get her strength back more quickly and eases postpartum stress.
  • Eases the muscle strain of labour and childbirth
  • Promotes healing of the pelvic floor as well as rebalancing the pelvis and spine (this usually requires Osteopathy)
  • Boosts healing after Caesarian section
  • Encourages rebalancing, so that posture and gait improve again
  • Helps to prevent and alleviate back (and any other) pain caused by the new exercise programme of looking after baby!

About three months after the birth, mum is advised to have a structural check up to ensure that the pelvis, spine and ribcage are returning to normal. Ligaments loosen in pregnancy and it takes some time for them to tighten up again. During this time, mum is vulnerable as she breast feeds, lifts and carries her precious bundle.

And of course, there is baby massage advice available too! Research on premature babies has shown the amazing benefits massage has on baby’s wellbeing and development.

Brooks-Carter Clinic offers:

Therapists offering Pregnancy Massage at Brooks-Carter Clinic

Abi Le Quesne is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives, having completed her training in Pregnancy Massage in December 2015. Pregnancy Massage aims to relax and treat common muscular conditions related with pregnancy both pre- and post-natal. See her page for prices.

ABOUT HOT STONE MASSAGE

Heated stones have been used therapeutically for thousands of years, in China, Iran, Central America and by native Americans. Smooth black basalt lava stones are used in massage because their porousness holds heat and absorbs toxins from the body.

Before massage the stones are immersed in water and heated to 55 degrees. The heat from the stones loosens stiff muscles and relaxes the body and mind, deeply and meditatively.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING A HOT STONE MASSAGE?

The massage starts with the client lying face down. The stones are held to check they are not too hot, and then placed on specific points. Once the body is warmed and relaxed, the stones become an extension of the therapist’s hands, massaging the body with organic massage waxes.

This process is repeated on other parts of the body. Sometimes small stones are also placed between your toes or in the palm of your hand.

During massage the client is unclothed beneath a towel. Only the area of the body being worked on is uncovered.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A HOT STONE MASSAGE?

Many people find the warmth of the stones comforting as well as relaxing. Their weight helps you feel grounded, reassured, and nurtured. They also increase circulation and lymph flow, and this in turn allows healing nutrients to travel to the treated areas.

People with muscle tension who prefer a lighter touch often opt for a hot stone massage as the therapeutic effects permeate the body without the need for too much deep bodywork. The heat helps to ease pain in conditions such as:

It also helps you relax and feel better if you have:

THERAPISTS OFFERING HOT STONE MASSAGE AT BROOKS-CARTER CLINIC

WHAT IS INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE?

Indian Head Massage is a simple and deeply relaxing therapy that is very effective in combating the pressures and stress of modern living. Indian Head Massage involves massage to the upper back, shoulders, arms, neck, scalp and face. Treatment can either be relaxing or energising, to meet your particular needs. You will remain fully clothed and be seated comfortably in a chair.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Although an Indian Head Massage involves only the upper part of the body, the potential benefits are widespread. The treatment has many physiological and psychological benefits. Many recipients of Indian Head Massage comment on the fact that they feel as if their whole body is balanced after treatment.

Indian Head Massage is especially good for reducing

Clients report that the experience is deeply calming and relaxing, leaving them feeling energised and revitalised and better able to concentrate. Additionally, Indian Head Massage can help promote healthy hair growth and improve the condition of the scalp.

POSSIBLE EFFECTS YOU MAY EXPERIENCE

  • Relaxes tense muscles
  • Calms the mind
  • Improves concentration
  • Improves energy levels
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Improves lymph circulation
  • Cleanses and detoxifies the body
  • Pain relief
  • A lifting of your mood
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Leaves you with a general feeling of wellbeing

WHO CAN BENEFIT?

Indian Head Massage is suitable for men, women and children of all ages. It is very suitable for pregnant ladies, particularly as they find the sitting position very comfortable as opposed to therapies where you need to lie flat. Indian Head Massage is a safe and enjoyable therapy, but there are some medical conditions where it may not be advisable to carry out treatment, which is why a full consultation is carried out before commencing. This also allows the treatment to be tailored to your own needs.

THERAPISTS OFFERING INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE AT BROOKS-CARTER CLINIC