Anna Petito our Remedial Masseuse and is originally a Physiotherapist from Brazil. Remedial massage is a complementary therapy which aims to treat muscles that are damaged, knotted, tense or not contracting properly. It is useful for a number of problems that affect the muscles, tendons and bones. Remedial massage is used to locate and repair damaged areas of the body and speed up the body’s own healing processes. The pressure applied in this healing treatment can either be strong and deep or gentle and shallow, depending on the problem. Problems with the muscles can trigger or radiate pain to other parts of the body. Remedial massage aims to trace the original reason for the pain, tackling both the cause of the problem and the symptoms.
Remedial massage can stimulate the blood supply, make joints more mobile, and help to repair damaged tissues. The therapist will aim to balance the length, tone and tension of muscles and tendons, which restores the correct position of the bones, increases blood flow and helps heal injuries. Easing and stabilising the muscles can improve problems such as headaches, abdominal pain, low back pain and sciatic pain.
Some health problems that are often treated with remedial massage include sporting and occupational injuries, muscle cramps, whiplash, muscular atrophy, fibrositis, spondylitis, arthritis and headaches.
Anna also uses Lymphatic Drainage Massage. It is a very light massage designed to stimulate the lymph nodes and drain the lymphatic system. Unlike other massage styles we work proximal to distal, meaning we start near the area of lymph node concentration, drain that first then move out further each time. The easy way to think of it is that you need to empty the "bucket" before you can fill it again. Lymphatic Massage is light and slow and uses movements such as light C Scooping, Pumping, Deep abdominal breathing and fingertip stimulation. We use Arrowroot powder as this allows for glide rather than oil, so we keep the movements slow and light.
Myofascial cupping is another massage style Anna employs. It is a form of trigger point therapy and myofascial release (mobilisation of the fascia). This therapy mixes massage and stretching techniques with the use of pressurised cups. Soft tissue is suctioned inside the cups, allowing fluid movement and nutrient supply to the tissues. The movement of fluid detoxifies, stimulates, and increases range of motion. The final goal of this treatment is to promote better health by loosening soft tissue and improving circulation.
A hot stone massage is another type of massage therapy that Anna uses. It’s used to help you relax and ease tense muscles and damaged soft tissues throughout your body. During a hot stone massage, smooth, flat, heated stones are placed on specific parts of your body. The stones are usually made of basalt, a type of volcanic rock that retains heat. Here are some advantages of getting a hot stone massage:
- Helps relieve muscle tension and pain
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Promotes sleep
- May help relieve symptoms of autoimmune diseases
- May boost immunity