There are five massage therapists at York Clinic offering a number of different types of massage: aromatherapy massage, deep tissue massage, PhysioPod™ DEEP OSCILLATION® massage, pregnancy massage, sports massage, and Swedish or therapeutic massage. Each one is explained below.
If you know which you would like to have, please contact the clinic’s receptionists to make an appointment: 01904 709688, firstname.lastname@example.org, or use our contact form. Will respond to you as quickly as possible.
with Christine Wilkinson
Aromatherapy is the use of therapeutic plant oils to strengthen and deepen the effects of a massage treatment. Please see our separate page on aromatherapy.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is a technique that 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 alleviates pain, muscle spasm and stress from the problematic area, and helps to break up and eliminate scar tissue.
PhysioPod™ DEEP OSCILLATION® Massage
with Debbie Priestly
PhysioPod™ DEEP OSCILLATION® is a gentle form of massage therapy. Using a DEEP OSCILLATION® massage machine, Debbie can treat people in the acute (i.e. early and most painful) stages of an injury. The machine allows her to work on tissue up to 8cm below the skin, without needing to apply the level of pressure normally used in a deep tissue sports massage. It is particularly effective in treating recent and painful injuries that are sensitive to touch. For the same reason, it is appropriate for elderly people and others with delicate skin.
For more information, please see Debbie’s website.
From Debbie’s website: “Pregnancy is an exciting time, but preparing for the arrival of a baby can also be stressful and a woman’s body goes through many changes. Pregnancy massage can make you more comfortable and relaxed, and helps to prepare the body and mind for birth. Pregnancy massage can improve circulation, release compressed nerves, improve sluggish bowel movement, release tension in the neck and shoulders, help reduce stress and anxiety, relieve leg and back pain and improve sleep. Standard massage techniques are adapted to cater for the changes to 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 pregnancy massage at any time after your first scan, including after your due date.”
For more information, see Michaela’s website.
Sports Massage involves the use of deep 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. To benefit from a sports massage you do not need to be a sports performer. Whatever the cause, we have something to offer. Sports Massage is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, ligaments and tendons. The techniques used have been designed with the aim of providing effective and efficient results from each massage given. The reported benefits of Sports Massage include: improved circulation & 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.
For more information, see Ben’s website.
Ben, Debbie and Rachel are also acupuncturists. They can combine sports massage and acupuncture during your treatment, or offer one or the other alone. It is entirely up to you whether you wish to have acupuncture as well as massage; Ben, Debbie or Rachel will discuss this with you at your initial consultation. If you’d like to know more about how sports massage and acupuncture work together, please see Debbie’s website and the interview with Debbie on our blog.
Swedish or Therapeutic Massage
Swedish or therapeutic massage can improve circulation, relax muscles, improve muscle tone, aid digestion and, by stimulating the lymphatic system, speed up the elimination of toxins. 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 a sense of well-being. Massage has the potential to complement other medical treatments and help maintain a positive state of health. Massages can be full body or upper body only. Please specify which you would like when you make the appointment.
For more information, see Michaela’s website.
How do I know which type of massage I need?
If you are unsure which type of massage you would like look through the pages for massage practitioners on this website, as each of them describes the way they practice and the clients they see or phone reception for further information.