Massage treatments offered at York Clinic
Essential oils are blended and applied to the skin to strengthen and deepen the effects of the massage. Find out more on our aromatherapy page. Our aromatherapy massage practitioner is Christine Wilkinson
Therapeutic massage has been used for centuries to improve overall health, reduce stress, and relieve muscle tension. Pregnancy, with the extra stress and strain it brings both physically and emotionally, can be a good time to experience the benefits of this therapy. Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labour outcomes and new-born health.
Standard massage techniques are adapted to cater for the needs of your body. For example, you’ll lie on your side rather than your back or front, and your bump will be supported by pillows. You can have a pregnancy massage at any time after your first scan, including after your due date. Our pregnancy massage practitioner is Michaela Scott.
Sports Massage is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, ligaments and tendons. It involves the use of deep tissue massage, soft tissue manipulation techniques and exercise advice to address aches and pains caused by sport, injury or simply the stresses and strains of daily life – you don’t need to practice sports to benefit from a sports massage.
The reported benefits of sports massage include: improved circulation and lymphatic flow; assistance in the removal of metabolic waste; increase or decrease muscle tone; increase or decrease muscle length; remodel scar tissue when required; increased flexibility and range of movement; assist in mental preparation for sporting participation.
Our sports massage practitioner is Ben Elliot. Ben also offers acupuncture, which you may want as part of your massage treatment. You can discuss this during your initial consultation.
Swedish or therapeutic massage
Swedish or therapeutic massage can improve circulation, relax muscles, improve muscle tone, aid digestion and speed up the elimination of toxins by stimulating the lymphatic system. This enables the body to function more efficiently. These direct benefits, combined with the psychological benefits of relaxation, freedom from stress and a feeling of being cared for, produce an overall sense of rejuvenation and wellbeing. Massage has the potential to complement other medical treatments and help maintain a positive state of health.
Our Swedish and therapeutic massage practitioners are Michaela Scott and Christine Wilkinson. Massages can be full body or upper body only. Please specify which you would like when you make the appointment.
Deep tissue massage
This technique focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It uses slow strokes and deep, firm pressure to release tight layers and contracted areas of muscle and tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body, restoring movement in the soft tissues. It can alleviate pain, muscle spasm and stress from the problematic area, and helps to break up and eliminate scar tissue. All our practitoners offer deep tissue massage.
Massage therapy in York
Release tension, relax and stimulate healing with Swedish, sports, aromatherapy and pregnancy massage.