Massage has been used throughout history to aid wellbeing and relieve stress. From elite athletes to expectant mums, massage has the potential to offer pain relief and relaxation.
Here in Hong Kong, you’ll find many types of massage on offer. The key is to find a fully trained massage therapist who can provide a safe, individualized experience.
At OCHK, our qualified and experienced massage therapist, Lindsay, specializes in specific therapeutic massage.
Beyond feeling wonderful, this targets pain and problems, bringing about physiological changes and providing lasting relief.
Massage therapy has a multitude of benefits. Here are just some of them:
- Relaxation – helping to reduce tension and anxiety.
- Pain relief – many people find it reduces pain and discomfort associated with injuries, arthritis, and other medical issues.
- Stress reduction – it has been shown to help reduce stress by reducing blood pressure and heart rate and inducing a sense of wellbeing.
- Improved sleep – studies show that regular massage improves sleep quality.
Types of Massage Therapy
There are many different forms of massage therapy. Each has its own unique benefits. At OCHK in central Hong Kong, we offer several types.
If you are struggling with aches and pains during your pregnancy, you may be wondering whether it’s safe to have a massage.
The answer is yes! Research has shown women can benefit from reduced back pain and anxiety, better sleep and improved mood.
Even during labour, women who receive regular massage from their partners can have less pain, less need for medication, and shorter labour times.
Always ensure you choose a massage therapist who has specific training in pre-natal techniques. A qualified therapist will understand the implications of different stages of pregnancy, and tailor their therapy to your needs. Our massage therapist, Lindsay, has more than ten years’ experience helping expectant mums enjoy their pregnancy and prepare for labour. She will always take time to fully understand your concerns. She can adapt techniques and positioning to ensure you are safe, supported and comfortable throughout your treatment.
And it’s not just during your pregnancy that massage has benefits! After the birth, it can help by:
- Regulating hormones, both increasing oxytocin and reducing stress hormones, such as cortisol
- Speeding up recovery from labour or surgical delivery
- Reducing swelling
- Improving milk production
Lindsay is qualified in massage for expectant and new mums. You can rest and enjoy the benefits, knowing you are in expert hands.
Deep tissue massage
This is designed to improve muscle elasticity and function.
Active people find deep tissue massage helpful, both in preparing for their sport and in recovering from it. If you struggle with muscle knots or tightness, it can help get you into the best shape for performance.
But it’s not only for sports people. It can have huge benefits for office workers or people with a sedentary lifestyle. Did you know that research suggests over half of computer office workers have neck and shoulder pain? A good therapist can target trigger points and adhesions to give powerful pain relief.
This uses a variety of light strokes, vibration, tapping and kneading techniques to promote relaxation.
It’s an ideal form of therapy for stressed, busy people who are looking for ways to improve their wellbeing.
Swedish massage can improve circulation, maximize mobility by keeping muscles, tendons and ligaments supple, and trigger the release of ‘feel good’ hormones. It’s great for pain relief and easing emotional and physical stress.
Myofascial release and trigger point therapy
There’s a lot of overlap in how these techniques work. Both address restrictions that can occur in muscle and connective tissue.
Myofascial release focuses on the web of connective tissue that runs through and around every muscle, called ‘fascia’, and its interface with the muscles.
The therapist applies gentle, sustained pressure to the muscles and fascia to loosen restricted areas, improve mobility and treat pain.
In trigger point therapy, treatment focuses on smallbands of contracture in muscle.Trauma or prolonged immobility can cause these to develop.
The pain-causing knots, or ‘trigger points’, can cause local pain but also pain in other areas, known as ‘referred pain’.
Pain like this can mimic other conditions, such as sciatica, joint pain and even angina.
Trigger point therapy uses a variety of strokes and sustained light or deep pressure to identify and ‘melt’ trigger points. It can be a welcome relief from previously untreatable chronic pain.
Our expert, Lindsay, is fully trained in all these techniques and provides tailored and effective treatment.
How to Choose a Good Massage Therapist
Whatever kind of massage you’re looking for, ensure you’re in good hands by booking with a qualified, experienced therapist. Ask what kind of training your therapist has undertaken.
Lindsay at OCHK trained in Canada, where therapists are regulated and required to meet strict standards. She has undertaken a number of specialist qualifications, including in pre- and post-natal massage. She has more than a decade of experience in providing customized therapy to all kinds of people.
As any good therapist should, Lindsay knows there’s no ‘one size fits all’ therapy. She takes time to fully understand the needs of her clients and develop a plan to best meet their needs. She’s always ready to answer questions so her clients fully understand her plan and what to expect.
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