Massage – it’s all about muscles and pressure points, right? It sure is, but it’s also a whole lot more. There’s at least thirty-four recognised versions of massage, from the classics such as Remedial, Swedish and Sports to the culturally diverse – including Shiatzu, Watsu, Kum Nye and Tantric. You can have it with hot or cold stones, showers, lotions and cremes. You can be massaged lying down, standing up and sitting on a chair. In reality, massage is pretty much anything you want it to be.
The thing is, most massage therapies usually go about achieving the same result – which is reducing muscle tension through muscle or musculoskeletal manipulation. Massage can be vigorous with lots of elbows or even feet pushing at knotted muscles, it can be vibrations and shaking, it can be quiet and meditative and it can be about getting the body to start healing itself.
Thai Massage (Nuad Boran) for example puts a lot of effort into improving blood flow and lymph drainage in the body – encouraging the lymphatic system to work more efficiently and keeping the muscles fed with fresh nutrients. And it does this with almost no pain. Tibetan Kum Nye – which means massage of the subtle body relies on relaxation techniques similar to yoga to bring rest to the body and reduce its energetic state.
Now compare that with Sports Massage where kneading, muscle and joint manipulation – while effective – works in ways where pain often comes before any sense of relief – yet the end result is still usually a state of relaxation…or even a sense of exhaustion. Shiatsu, which is Japanese for finger pressure, dates from 1919 and relies on finger and palm pressure plus stretches to unblock the body. Stone massage uses cold or water-heated stones to apply pressure to points of the body. Another well known variety in the western world is Swedish, a technique using sliding, kneading, rhythmic tapping, friction and shaking moves to loosen the muscles – although in Sweden this style of massage is actually known as classic massage and dates back to the Ancient Greeks and Romans.
As you can see, in this day and age there’s obviously a lot of different choices to achieve pretty similar things. Your choices will probably be more about personal taste than which type is more effective. In the end, what works for you is probably more important than working those muscles versus meditation relaxation.
Many of my clients are unable to lie either face down (prone) or face up (supine). So this post with me working on Mrs King in a sitting position shows how I adapt my Bowen Therapy Pain Relief Treatment plan to the clients circumstances. Here is a link to Julian Baker U.K. demonstrating Bowen The...Read More
For Fast Effective Relief From Pain In Townsville Call Setter's Health Centre Today!! Try our gentle healing technique at Setter’s Health Centre. We employ the Bowen Therapeutic Technique – Bowen Therapy, which is a dynamic system of muscle and connective tissue therapy that encourages the body...Read More
Our aim at Setter’s H.C. Bowen Therapy Townsville is to focus on your goals for pain and symptom relief, how these fit into your life, and how to help you and your body to achieve realistic outcomes. Today’s lifestyles demand more and more from our bodies without always giving anything in retur...Read More
What is Bowen Therapy? The Gentle Healing Technique Bowen Therapeutic Technique (Bowen Therapy) is a dynamic system of muscle and connective tissue therapy that encourages the body to right itself. This technique involves a gentle roll over the muscle. By using a set system of these small moves fro...Read More
In pain from a sports injury in Townsville? Are you looking for a faster return to your sport? With No Referral Needed! Then Call Setter's Today With 27 Years of experience in Sports Injury Recovery & Management. And with the clear aim of helping you remain injury free into the future... Book a...Read More
Sports Pain And Injury Relief With Bowen Therapy – is completely safe, gentle, fast and an effective way to treat sporting injuries for any age group! Getting over a sporting injury, Setter’s Health Centre can help... As Benjamin Setter is the most senior Bowen Therapy Practitioner in Townsvi...Read More
https://www.facebook.com/settersbowentherapytownsville/videos/801406583570948/ While most people assume ankle injuries happen playing sport, age, twisting the wrong way or falling in holes – the truth is even sitting at a computer with bad ergonomics can be just as bad for the connective tissue...Read More
https://www.facebook.com/settersbowentherapytownsville/videos/976583432545531/ What is Knee Pain? Knee pain and knee injuries are extremely common, and they are caused in so many different ways. It is important to not only getting a accurate diagnosis of the knee injury, but also it is just as imp...Read More
https://www.facebook.com/settersbowentherapytownsville/videos/252574272350998/ What is a Hamstring Strain? Hamstring strain is a very common injury of the leg that involves a tear in one or both of the hamstring muscles… A hamstring strain can range from mildly painful to so severe that it invol...Read More
Ask a question or book an appointment07 4728 8800
6 Fulham Road, PimlicoView Map
Bowen Therapy and Massage Therapy Specialists