Massage at Twickenham therapy clinic
Massage therapy is one of the oldest forms of medical treatment that we are aware
of, with records of it being practised in China and India going back 3,000
years. While it began as a quasi-religious art closely related to a variety
of Asian spiritual movements like Yoga and natural healing, it spread by trade
to Egypt and the Mediterranean where it took on a more scientific tone in
Several Greek doctors and philosophers such as Hippocrates
recommended friction massage with herbs and oils combined with fresh air and
exercise to treat a variety of illnesses.
A resurgence in our understanding of ancient learning - particularly of
Ancient Greek and mystical movements from Asia - in the 18th century brought
massage sharply into focus again after remaining niche since ancient times.
This rediscovery allowed modern medical understanding to be applied to ancient
techniques, particularly in Sweden and the USA, creating the modern discipline
of massage therapy using well-sourced and medically sound systems.
What it can treat
Massage therapy has a wealth of direct and indirect benefits for a range
of conditions, enabling practitioners to reduce your heart rate and relax
your muscles, while also stimulating blood circulation and the release of
These can all be beneficial to the treatment of other illnesses,
but massage can directly treat anxiety and depression; fatigue, headaches
and migraines; muscle tension; back, shoulder and neck pain and repetitive
stress injuries. All of these effects can be of great benefit to a patient's
physical and mental health and can help aid in recovery from debilitating
illnesses or injuries that have led to chronic pain or muscle wastage.
What to expect during a treatment
Your first massage session should begin with a chat with your therapist,
who will conduct a thorough investigation of the issues you are trying to
correct and any conditions or medications which may affect your treatment.
They will put together a treatment plan and talk over exactly which parts
of your body will be treated and how.
The treatment itself will be carried
out in a therapy room, using specialist massage tables or chairs depending
on the type of massage you will be receiving.
Some forms of massage can
be carried out fully clothed or with light clothing on, but whatever your
treatment, you will be able to decide how much you undress, and you are
able to do this in private away from your therapist.
Please contact the clinic.