Treatments

massage qualifications
ROLFING OR STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION
 
One of the most intelligent, effective and sofisticated methods to deal with músculo-skeletal pain or conditions or to simply optimise the body efficiency in movement and performance.
The classical Rolfing Method consists on 10 sessions that will aim at realigning your body in the gravitational field. However, isolated sessions are often effective at dealing with specific issues.
The techniques used in Rolfing are a combination of myofascial touch, visceral and proprioceptive/perceptual work.
 
HOMEOPATHY. Developed by Samuel Hahnemann, homeopathy  is a complete system  of alternative medicine.
 
What follows is a description of some of the techniques and approaches I have qualified in and practiced for many years.
Nowadays I have developed my own way of working, which is tailored to every person and  has elements of all of them. I could describe it by saying that it is mainly based in myofascial release techniques with a holistic approach. 
 
My aim is to work with the body's myofascial tissues to facilitate healing and encourage more freedom of movement and more balance within the system. Of course, when I say myofascia I am also referring to the nervous system, as they are really inseperable. And when I say nervous system I am referring to the body as a physical structure but of course, also to the the mind, to the emotions and to the spirit, whatever that means for you.

I am a great believer on slow work and on listening and respecting the body's language. I believe that in most cases pain is NOT necessary for the treatment to be effective and that healing is more easily facilitated if the client is relaxing and enjoying the experience. However, pain is a very subjective concept and everyone's experience of it is different, which means that every client's experience and  feedback is listened to and respected.
 
 
 
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE. Focuses on the deeper layers of the soft tissues (muscle, tendon, ligament, fascia) to release contractures (spasm/tightness) and nodules (knots), to stimulate blood flow to areas depleted of oxygen and full of toxins. It uses cream/lotion, a little oil or nothing at all.
Basically, it is slow deep and firm work that has NOT to be painful to be effective. In fact it often is one of the most relaxing types of bodywork precisely because it is extremely effective at addressing pain, releasing tightness and giving more freedom of movement.

HOLISTIC MASSAGE. It aims at the general relaxation of the person. It uses more oil than the deep tissue and therefor it works on the superficial layers.

REMEDIAL/SPORTS MASSAGE. It not only treats sports people or sports injuries. Occupational injuries such as RSI are successfully treated with Remedial/sports massage techniques. Some of these include trigger point therapy, positional release technique, soft tissue release technique, muscle energy technique, etc.
It may be a more dynamic type of therapy that addresses tissue restrictions, pain, injuries or soft tissue imbalances.

MYOFASCIAL/CONNECTIVE TISSUE MASSAGE. This is the type of work that is similar to rolfing or structural integration in that it works with the fascia/connective tissue. It has been associated with being a very painful therapy and this is something that always depends on the therapist's approach. My belief is it doesn't need to be painful to work. It just needs to be slow!
It is very effective in creating more range of motion in joints, more flexibility and more 'space' inside our bodies.

REFLEXOLOGY/FOOT MASSAGE. Based on the idea that the feet contain the reflex points for all the organs in the body, reflexology combined with foot massage is one of the most relaxing holistic therapies.

REIKI/HEALING: Laying on of hands or traditional healing is something that most therapists practising massage for few years will do without even realising. Although I have trained in Reiki Healing and passed it on to several students, I don't practise Reiki nowdays. Traditional laying on of hands happens spontaneously during massage treatment and I am happy to let it flow more or less depending on the client's wishes.

INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE. This is a fantastic technique to release tension on the head, neck and shoulder areas. The client does not need to take the clothes off and it can be performed sitting on a chair. Normally the treatments are short (about 15 to 30 minutes) and can be very relaxing and effective in restoring flexibility to stiff necks, etc.It is a perfect treatment for public environments (i.e. work place). However, having the privacy of a treatment room and the luxury of a massage couch, Indian head Massage strokes can be used when the client is lying down with more relaxing effects.

LYMPHATIC MASSAGE. Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MLD) aims at stimulating the movement of lymph along the lymphatic vessels. This has many beneficial effects such as improving areas of congestion or retention of fluids, improving the immune system and improving the blood circulation. It involves a very gentle tecnique of pushing and pumping the fluids in the body.