A common misconception surrounding massage therapy, is that all massages are the same. Many of us believe that if we want to relax and melt away all the stress and tensions of the day, we need to visit a spa. Now, while we all love a visit to the spa, a massage administered by a massage therapist in a spa will be very different to a massage led by a physiotherapist.
This is because a physiotherapist has an understanding of the biomechanics of the body, and are trained experts at hands-on soft tissue release to help ease tight and sore muscles to improve joint mobility. If you are someone who has a persistent pain of some kind, it’s better to see a physiotherapist over a general masseuse. They can diagnose the issue and may then recommend future massages as part of your treatment plan towards recovery from the issue. However, if you are looking to relax as part of a short-term plan, for relief from stress on that day – a massage in a spa will be fine for this purpose.
A common confusion among physio led massages is that most people only know of ‘sports massages’. The name, as it highlights, is intended for our sports people who may have suffered a recent sports injury or wish to stay injury free. A sports Massage is a specific therapeutic technique which does target injury regions. It is designed by a Physiotherapist for each person’s individual body’s biomechanical needs, and the movements required for sports. However, despite a physio sports massage being as popular as it is – It is lesser known that physios also perform deep tissue massages to resolve chronic pain and common body aches found in non-sports people.
At ALO, our physio led massages stand out from the crowd because we use manual therapy combined with oils and Tecar therapy. Tecar helps to increase your body temperature locally to the area that is being treated, giving you a sensation of well-being and comfort while the increase in temperature heals and replenishes your body through the promotion of the natural healing process. Many athletes also use this type of treatment to recharge their muscles after a strenuous training session, because it helps to reduce muscle spasms and increase cellular and intracellular healing. However, Tecar therapy is also incredibly popular with desk job workers who commonly suffer with back pain and wish for a speedy recovery so they can get back to work without the constant pain. A physio led deep tissue massage is also perfect for those who are advanced in age as we can soothe chronic aches and pains and aid in strengthening lesser used muscles.
Ultimately, massage therapy by a physiotherapist is for everyone. Whether you are a sports person, someone who suffers with aches and pains from work, elderly or just looking to unwind and relax… You can benefit the most from this type of massage. Paired with ‘calm’ inducing oils and pain relieving technology, we at ALO would recommend massage therapy to just about anyone.
If you are someone who is looking for any of the following:
- Improved muscle recovery
- Increased flexibility
- Improvements in immune function
- Better sleep quality
- Injury prevention
- Reduce pain
- Reduce muscle tension
- Relief from chronic conditions
Then, a physio led massage is for you!
If you’re craving relaxation and believe you could benefit from massage therapy, now is a great time to book in with us as for the following two weeks only, 5 session massage packages will come with a complementary 6th session!
All you need to do is call us on: 0207 636 8845 and quote ‘Massage6’ to book your package now.