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  • Writer's pictureBarry Cooper

The Power of Massage

Updated: Jun 15, 2021

Fact: It is estimated that between 35-43% of the UK population is estimated to suffer from chronic pain, that’s 28 million people. It accounts for 40% of time off work and costs the NHS over £10 billion pounds a year.


It is one of the most common reasons why people visit Soft Tissue Therapists accounting for up to 40% of visits.


Other common reasons include rehabbing sports injuries, relief of pain from accidents or muscle strains, relief of stress and as a form of preventative health care.

And also, just that good old relaxation that can only come from human touch.


What is massage therapy, exactly?


People with specific massage therapy training will have gone to school for a minimum of [insert the number of hours and practical work you’ve done during your training] and received skilled instruction in the manual manipulation of the body’s soft tissues, including muscles, connective tissues, tendons, and ligaments.

They are highly knowledgeable about anatomy and physiology and are skilled diagnosticians with regards to chronic pain and how to treat it.

Here are some common massage therapy modalities that you may encounter, ranging from simple relaxation to treatment of complex pain issues and connective tissue realignment.


Swedish Massage


This is your standard relaxation massage. Swedish massage is very popular in spa settings.

As one of the most popular types of bodywork performed today, the overarching goal of Swedish massage is the ultimate relaxation of the entire body. It is exceptional at achieving this, easing tension while promoting the release of environmental toxins stored in the body’s fat and epidermis layers while simultaneously increasing the oxygen levels in the blood. Swedish massage has also been shown to produce significant reductions in the stress hormone, cortisol.


Trigger Point Therapy and Myofascial Release