Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy in Edinburgh

Massage Therapy works with the soft tissues of the body (muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue/ fascia) to initiate changes, which begin to aid healing processes from within. At Active Health Edinburgh, the ideal outcome of each treatment is discussed during your consultation and your massage is tailored to your needs. With the variety of body-work and massage therapy methods that exist, it can be confusing to understand what to ask for. The therapists at Active Health can explain the differences to you and answer any questions you may have, ensuring that the best treatment approach is given to each individual. There are also descriptions of the types of massage therapy styles found below.

The evidence of massage therapy is present in many ancient eastern and western civilizations. The instinct of human nature to heal through touch and understand the body, mind and spirit has developed to what we know today. The current massage therapy techniques like those practiced at Active Health in Edinburgh have been based on medical studies and proven fundamental and modern hands-on treatment approaches. The therapists at Active Health pride themselves on continuing education and developing their massage therapy skills to give the most positive outcome from your massage treatment.

The benefits of massage therapy are plentiful and varied. These benefits are both physical and psychological and promote optimal health and wellbeing. Generally the purpose of massage therapy treatments at Active Health Edinburgh is to alleviate pain and to assist relaxation from the many stresses and strains that our fast paced, pressured world brings.

The medicinal and therapeutic benefits of massage therapy include:

  • Muscular balancing which aid structural body alignment and balance
  • Enhances the function of the bodies soft tissues
  • Improves circulation of the blood and lymph fluid therefore increases nutrition to these tissues and removal of waste products
  • Increases the flexibility of tissues and increases joint range of motion
  • Injury prevention and maintenance of physical over use body demands
  • Enhances mental alertness and sleep regulation
  • Decreases motor-neuron over-activity, soothing neural tension and muscle spasms
  • Relieves headaches and other painful conditions related to musculoskeletal tension
  • Aids healthy digestive function
  • Promotes relaxation and general well-being
  • Facilitates the management of stress, anxiety and depression

Some common conditions that are treated by massage therapy at Active Health in Edinburgh include:

  • Back and Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Whiplash
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Tennis and Golfers elbow
  • Shin splints
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Scar tissue
  • Tendonitis
  • Acute and Chronic conditions

If you are pregnant it is important to keep your massage therapists aware of this. At Active Health Edinburgh, massage during pregnancy is possible with some adaptation put into practice and massage techniques specifically applied accordingly. There are treatment plans that are ideal for women pre and post partum and during the different stages of pregnancy, these massage treatment plans can change as required. The symptoms and conditions that may occur during pregnancy such as, symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), pelvic joint syndrome, pelvic girdle and sacrum pain, thoracic/ neck discomfort, and oedema (or swelling) are commonly relieved during massage therapy treatments. With the baby growing, postural changes and joint instability can cause discomfort unique to every woman and massage therapy gives you a chance for rest and release of tension.  Please ask for Agnes, Vanessa or Jayne to book for a pre/post natal massage.

Whether you are a training athlete, a corporate professional or a senior citizen, everyone can benefit from massage therapy. You don’t have to be in pain or discomfort to enjoy a massage either, it’s a great way to take time out, relax and soothe the stress away.

Massage Therapy works as a fantastic adjunct to existing treatment or on its own. As there are a number of different styles of massage available, which have slightly different approaches, all work towards achieving the same outcome, which is to alleviate pain, increase range of movement and promote wellbeing of the body and mind. A bespoke or tailored treatment may include a combination of techniques required to get the best possible results.

Graded Massage Therapy

 30 min consultation60 min consultation
Senior Remedial£35£50
Hot Stone Massage-£54
Massage Therapy block packages also available.
1.5 hour & 2 hour consultation/ treatments are also available on request.

Types of Massage Available

Remedial Massage

Ask for Douglas, Agnes, Jayne, Catriona, Paula or Vanessa
A treatment aimed at specific area(s) of dysfunction or pain. During your consultation, a thorough case history is taken accompanied by an assessment of the affected area(s). Treatment of the particular area may include specific after care advice too.

Sports Massage

Ask for Louise, Douglas, Agnes, Jayne, Catriona, Paula or Vanessa
A treatment for those athletes in training, in competition or focused on fitness in general. A pre or post event massage is modified appropriately for the sporting event and number of areas can be treated. Occasionally stretching techniques may be included in the sports massage.

Deep Tissue Massage

Ask for Louise, Douglas, Agnes, Jayne, Catriona, Paula or Vanessa
This is a general approach to rid the body of knots, tension and stress. The pressure is monitored closely and a number of areas can be treated.

Relaxation / Swedish

Ask for Vanessa, Louise or Catriona
This is a blissful experience, designed to allow the stresses of everyday life to dissipate. It involves the use of soothing massage techniques to completely relax the body and mind.

Pregnancy massage

Ask for Vanessa, Catriona or Jayne

There are two types of pregnancy massage. Prenatal which you receive during your pregnancy and postnatal which you have within the first few weeks of having your baby.

There are a wide range of benefits for pre and postnatal massage. Both are relaxing and relieve your body of aches and pains and reduce your levels of stress. Prenatal massage promotes circulation and can help to relive common pain which may be associated with pregnancy like lower back pain and sciatica.

Postnatal massage helps ease soreness from the pregnancy and feeding positions and is a great opportunity for getting some time for yourself.

If you are in your first trimester, please call to discuss with your therapist to make sure there are no contraindications to treatment.

Hot Stone Massage

Ask for Agnes, Catriona or Paula

This is a unique massage technique where the therapist uses the power of smooth basalt stones, heated to a high temperature allowing deep relaxation of the body and also helps to warm up tight muscles in a gentle and pleasant way. During this treatment some stones are placed in key points along the spine, hands, belly and between your toes to improve the flow of energy in your body. Therapists also combine the use of a variety of different massage techniques to massage certain areas of the body using their hands heated by stones followed by the stone itself. Due to this combination of harmonious movements and the warmth of stones, balance can be brought to the body, mind and spirit by providing a unique, deeply warming experience.

Hot Stone massage is not appropriate for people with certain conditions, such as: pregnancy, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or any other condition that requires thinning blood medications. We also discourage this massage if you are menopausal, as it may trigger a hot flush.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Ask for Agnes
Vodder’s technique is a specialised massage tool. This gentle and rhythmical massage is used to stimulate the lymphatic system and promote an incredibly deep relaxation. It helps with the removal of toxins, lactic acid and waste products, ultimately improving the circulation of both blood and lymph. This technique is very useful for clients on a detox/weight loss program, those suffering from fluid retention, lymphoedema, digestive problems and athletes with achy, overworked muscles.

Chinese Bubble Massage

Ask for Agnes

This is an ancient healing method used extensively in Chinese medicine. According to the knowledge developed over many years, the rubber bubbles are used to massage the body which promote benefits such as improved blood and lymph circulation, cleansing the body of toxins and excess metabolic by-products. It effectively reduces swelling and any other problems caused by poor circulation. In cases of very tight muscles, Chinese Bubble massage has a long-term influence on their relaxation by improving the circulation within the muscle.

It is also one of the most effective anti-cellulite treatments, helping to slim, firm-up and make the skin more elastic.

This massage should not be performed on people with a tendency to breaks in capillaries, who may bruise easily or have hypersensitivity.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Massage Therapy and how does it work?

Massage Therapy is a manual practice using a range of techniques applied to the body, focusing on the joints and soft tissue (i.e.: muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia or connective tissue).

Massage is known to affect the circulation of blood and the flow of blood and lymph, reduce muscular tension or flaccidity, affect the nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and enhance tissue healing.

How do I know what type of massage I need?

There are many types of massage therapy available all offering optimum benefits with different approaches. The best way to find out the best treatment option for you is to discuss your history and current health needs in an initial consultation. Each treatment is adapted to suit your needs and work towards your ideal treatment outcome. A brief overview of types of massage offered at Active Health is also available.

Who can Massage Therapy help?

Massage therapy has many benefits both physical and psychological. It can be used independently or combined with other treatments. Whether you are a training athlete, a corporate professional or a senior citizen, everyone can benefit from massage therapy.

Pre and Post Natal Massage is wonderful for pregnant women as it helps rid the body from any aches and pains, assists the removal of fluid retention and enhances relaxation for both mum-to-be and baby.

Please note wheelchair access is possible at Active Health. Please mention this when booking so the appropriate room can be used.

What can I expect during the massage treatment?

After filling out the case history form a brief consultation and assessment will follow. Once the consultation is complete the massage therapist will explain the procedure including the areas required for treatment.

Given time and privacy to undress, you then lay on the treatment table/ plinth and a towel is used to maintain privacy. Oil or wax balm is used on the body during the massage with the appropriate pressure using manual techniques to soft tissues and joints.

The possibility of stretches is commonly found in a massage treatment too. On average, each massage session takes approximately 60 minutes although shorter or longer treatment times are available.