Relaxation and Comfort through Massage in London at the Joshi Clinic (location)
There is a vast range of different types of massage and massage techniques that can be used on their own or together with other therapies and can have very different aims and purposes; massage with or without oil, acupressure, clothed, whole body massage or one problem area, light or deep pressure, with hands only or with hot stones, cups or machines – the variations are endless.
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The aim is often to achieve a varied mix of relaxation or comfort through touch – this will have a positive effect on stress and Cortesol levels ( stress hormone ) and the autonomic nervous system which controls digestion, breathing, immune system. Local tissue health may be improved – for example, by mechanically stretching and moving tissue, breaking down adhesions and reducing inappropriately high muscle tone. A better circulation of fluid in and out of the tissue is promoted, which is fundamental for good tissue health and facilitate a quicker healing of injuries.
The style of massage, techniques and intensity of pressure used is dependent on what tissue is targeted (not just muscles!) – lighter pressure for superficial skin, lymph drainage, fluid retention, swelling etc and deeper pressure for tight muscles, deep old scar tissue etc. For relaxation the patients own preference is of course very much considered.
At the Joshi Clinic, all therapists are trained in a variety of techniques and will never go though a set routine but tailor the treatment to the patient’s specific needs at that time. If you haven’t already seen one of our Osteopaths for an evaluation of a specific major problem, but just want to book a massage session for any other reason, be prepared for a short consultation before the massage to find out the aim or expectation and for safety reasons, screen for any contra indications or problems that the therapist might have to work around or perhaps suggest a more suitable type of massage or other therapy.
If you are interested in a specific form of massage (Thai massage or Hot stone massage) please let it be known at the time of the booking so appropriate preparations may be made.
Manual lymphatic drainage
The lightest form of massage using very light strokes and pumping movements, focusing on improving the movement of lymph fluid close to the skin – the slow flowing backup system that help returning excess fluid from any tissue that is not transported back to the heart via the veins. On the way back to the heart it passes through various lymph nodes and is therefore an important part of the immune system. We often use this type of massage to reduce swelling shortly after any surgery, congestion of fluid in the head contributing to puffiness in the face or sore throat, or any other minor infections in the body.
A name used for massage using oils or cream that can be done with various intensity, often as a whole body massage to promote general relaxation. It is often the first basic type of massage technique learned and can easily be adapted to become more focused and remedial or combined with aroma therapy, hot stones etc.
Swedish massage is unknown in Sweden and mostly referred to as Classical massage or just massage. In the early 19th century Per Ling, a professor at the Swedish Royal Gymnastic Central Institute developed a system of medical gymnastics, which became known as the Swedish Movement System, much influensed by Chinese massage (Tui Na) and martial arts learned from his many travels abroad. It also included various manoeuvres and techniques used for massage (long strokes, kneading, rubbing, tapping, vibration). It was only when his work was described in foreign litterature it became refered to as the Swedish massage system. It has developed and become more relaxed than its gymnastic predecessor and the early talcum powder has been replaced by oil or cream, but the influences remain true.
Deep tissue massage
A deeper form of massage with oil, using strokes, kneading, stretches and other muscle techniques. It can be limited to specific areas to treat specific problems or injuries and muscle tightness or as a whole body massage for relaxation or post exercise soreness and heaviness.
Though it can be very relaxing, the aim is mainly more focused on restoring tissue health by reduce excessive muscle tone, break down adhesions and elongate shortened muscles, which will aid circulation and removal of waste and bi-products, among other things.
Hot Stone massage
The deep penetrating heat from smooth, carefully heated basalt rocks are used as tools in massaging the soft tissue or carefully placed on the client's body.
It can be used in combination with light massage to further enhance general relaxation, reduce stress and locally aid muscles relaxation, making the massage even more effective.
Hot stones can also greatly enhance a deep tissue massage. The increased heat makes muscles more pliable allowing for a really deep tissue massage by using the stones as tools to increase local pressure and can also aid circulation and enhance tissue healing. Please inform the Joshi Clinic when booking if you want to include hot stones with any massage.
A combination of Chinese acupressure and Indian yoga stretches, carried out on a mattress on the floor, with the patient dressed in loose clothing being massaged in various positions lying down or sitting. The acupressure, using fingers, hands, elbows, knees or feet along the body, together with many passive stretches and mobilisations of joints, creates similar effects to deep tissue massage. In accordance to Thai medicine, the massage along energy lines will also help balance energy and affect more distant parts of the body that are connected by these lines.
A session can last 1, 1.5 or 2 hours. Please be sure to inform the Joshi Clinic if you want a Thai massage when booking for a massage session so that appropriate preparations can be made. It is suggested you wear light comfortable clothing that is easy to move in.
With rubber cups a negative pressure and suction is created and the tissue can be lifted up and be moved as opposed to normal massage where the tissue is compressed down. Apart from the stretch and pull of tissue, the suction will have a great benefit to circulation and movement of fluid and blood, especially within the skin, which can be noticed as a temporary redness, feeling of heat or slight itchiness.
Cupping massage can be used together with deep tissue massage to focus on deep muscles and surrounding fascia or connective tissue to break down adhesions or deep scar tissue, stretch tissue and improve circulation of fluid.
With a lighter suction, cupping massage works very well on the skin and subcutaneous fat layer to aid the lymphatic flow, reduce fluid build up, increase the blood circulation with will help giving the skin a healthier appearance and help reducing cellulites. (A very common condition where locally reduced circulation within the fat layer allowing fibrous threads to grow into the tissue, creating parting walls or pockets surrounding the fat cells. When the fat cells grow in size or become surrounded by excess fluid, the overlaying skin is pulled down creating the “orange peel” effect.)
Smaller cups with less suction can be used on the face for the same reasons as manual lymphatic drainage: improving circulation and lymph drainage to aid removal of waste and bi product, reduce swelling, puffiness or congestion, improve the appearance of the skin or to aid recovery from any minor inflammation, sore throat etc.
To book your massage session please contact the Joshi Clinic (location):
T: 020 7487 5456
The Joshi Clinic provide massage services to clients in Westminster, Central London, Greater London, London W1, West London, London EC1, North and South London.