At Back-in-Action in we have a team of highly experienced Preston massage and sports injury therapists who are used to working with the needs of people suffering back and neck pain, headaches and sports injuries. They offer a wide variety of treatments and can often combine a number of types together to suit your need in one treatment session.
On this page we have more information about Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Head and Shoulder Massage, Back Neck and Shoulder Massage, Sports Therapy Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Hopi Ear Candles and Parafin Hot Wax Therapy.
We offer a wide variety of massages. Please click on the pictures below to find out more. You may have a particular type which you are most interested in. If you wish our therapists are often able to combine different types to suit your individual need.Swedish Massage is a relaxing massage that gently eases tension and helps create a sense of wellbeing. It’s an ideal massage if you are looking to pamper yourself.
Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint tension and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks. It has also been found to be helpful in people with poor circulation.
Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking.
Deep Tissue Massage
This type of massage is ideal for the more severe or persistent aches and pains which might be caused by heavy physical work, after sustaining an injury or the stresses of modern living. It’s particularly useful for the stubbborn muscle tension often seen in individuals with low back pain and tension headaches.
Deep Tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue. It tends to be more focused on specific areas of pain, particularly around tight muscles, ligaments and joints. It is also not uncommon for people receiving of Deep Tissue Massage to feel achey in the muscles for the following day or two.
Deep tissue work varies greatly. What for one individual is a satisfying deep tissue massage for another might call light or another intense pain! When receiving deep tissue work it is important to communicate what you are feeling both during the massage and to tell your massage therapist how you responded between visits. They can then modify their intensity to suit your need.
Hot Stone Massage
Extremely relaxing, this therapy involves the use of hot and sometimes cold stones placed on the body and for massage. The stones may be used in different ways during the massage: either, placed on the body to impart heat, used to massage or gently tapped on the joints. These smooth basalt stone are specially selected to hold their heat. The heat from the stones can help relax the muscles and improve blood flow to the area which can help release muscle tension. They are used during the massage to help soothe and penetrate areas of deeper tension/ congestion. Various sizes, shapes and weights of stones can be used with differing pressures and techniques to address specific problems. The pressure level is selected to be comfortable for the client. The massage gets deeper much quicker and the benefits seem to last much longer than conventional massage. Most people find it a pleasant and relaxing experience.
Back, Neck & Shoulder
A deeper, stimulating therapeutic massage to help muscular tension and improve circulation, concentrating on the back, neck and shoulder. This massage is often beneficial for those suffering tension headaches or a stiff neck, which might be associated with long hours of stooping over a desk.
The massages are adapted for each individual client and use the techniques from different kinds of massage to help with muscular tension, aches and pains. The massage tends to be deep and often involves stretching, deep kneading, cross friction massage for adhesions and strong deep effleurage. Rehabilitation exercises are also often given along with stretches.
It is important for any athlete trying to improve their performance and competitive edge to adopt a training regime to increase their skill, suppleness, strength, stamina and speed. An imbalance in training or overuse can lead to injuries which can be further compounded by continued training. Your sports massage therapist will highlight for you areas of problem and give you advice to help correct the underlying issues. Sports massage can be used as a preventative measure or for acute or chronic problems.
Aromatherapy is an ancient healing art using certain therapeutic oils massaged into the body. Aromatherapy can help relax, revitalise, uplift or aid the body and spirit depending on which essential oil is used. A blend of oils is selected for each individual client. It is a natural aid, working holistically through mind, body and spirit in maintaining the body’s well-being and sense of balance.
The aroma of the oils, together with the gentle strokes of massage, ensures that an Aromatherapy treatment is a benefical and enjoyable experience. The oils penetrate the skin and are absorbed into our body’s bloodstream working internally. The aroma created is believed to be quickest benefical method of having an immediate effect on the brain, thus releasing the desired hormones. Essential oils are very toxic and must be treated with the utmost respect. Never take them internally and there is no need to use copious amount, less is always more.
Aromatherapy has been used for a wide range of illness, such as:- Arthritic and Skeletal problems, Aches and Pains, Skin complaints such as Eczema, PMT, Period Pains, Digestive problems, Depression, Stress, Anxiety, Migraine and Headaches.
Aromatherapy is virtually free from side effects, feeling thirsty or experiencing more visits to the toilet is the body’s and nature’s way of releasing toxins within the body. Drinking plenty of water after a treatment helps. Aromatherapy is suitable for all ages. If you are pregnant, suffer with epilepsy or high blood pressure you should consult only a qualified therapist.
Indian Head Massage
This is a very simple, effective and versatile massage therapy focusing upon the back, neck, shoulders and head. It assists circulation, lymphatic drainage and works on pressure points to relieve tension and stress. This therapy can be done fully clothed without oils or oils can be used if preferred.
It is renowned for relieving symptoms of stress. The head, neck and shoulders are thought from a complementary medicine point of view to be important energy centres within your body. If you are feeling stressed or angry, tension tends to accumulate. The emotional tension can later show up as a stiff neck and shoulders, eye strain and sometimes can even help increase hair loss.
Indian Head Massage involves working with a firm and gentle rhythm to help unknown blockages and relieve this uncomfortable build-up of tension. However, its effect is not just physical: it works on an emotional level too, calming the spirit, promoting relaxation and relieving stress.
Massaging the scalp stimulates the flow of blood to the follicles, improving the supply of nutrients needed for healthy hair growth. By helping to dispel such tension, head massage not only can improve the condition of your hair, but also provides an invaluable treatment for stress-linked problems like headaches and eye-strain.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy that treats the whole body by using a series of massage strokes, stimulating certain reflex points (thought to be derived from the acupuncture system) usually located in the feet, occasionally on the hands and ears. It is thought that by gently releasing these points stimulates the body’s self-healing responses to occur.
In reflexology it is thought that specific areas on the feet relate to specific areas on the body. The massage treatment follows a tried and successful pattern working through the systems, such as respiratory, digestive, skeletal, endocrine, muscular etc. Finding any imbalances which have occurred and gently working them to re-maintain the body’s natural balance by restoring and clearing critical energy pathways that flow in the body. It is certainly a very relaxing experience. Reflexology is an unobtrusive massage technique that is enjoyed by many people. Even if you have ticklish feet you can still enjoy reflexology!
Hopi Ear Candles
The magic of fire has fascinated people from the very beginning of time and control of this element gave light and warmth. Ear Candles evoke a similar fascination and have been used by many cultures as an effective natural therapy since ancient times.
Historical roots can be found among the people of the Siberian prairies, Asia and the native North and South American Indians. Ancient rock paintings show the use of Ear Candles at initiation rituals and medical ceremonies. The Hopi, the oldest Pueblo people with great medicinal knowledge and a high degree of spirituality, brought this knowledge to Europe with the professional involvement of BIOSUN.
Original BIOSUN Ear Candles are still made by hand today using the traditional recipe and the finest regularly tested ingredients. Ear Candles have a purely physical function. A light suction action (chimney effect) and the movement of the flame create a vibration of air in the Ear Candle, generating a massage-like effect on the ear drum. This induces a pleasant feeling of warmth and a balance of pressure in the ears, forehead and sinuses. It is soothing and helpful for earache, headaches, ear noise, stress and nervousness. These benefits have been well known through many years of experience and confirmed by thousands of doctors worldwide.
Hot Wax Therapy
Paraffin Wax Treatment promotes relaxation and relieves pain and stiffness. The heat reduces tension and improves the extensibility of muscles and increases the flexibility of ligaments and tendons. The treatment also increases the circulation due to dilation of the blood vessels which speeds up the healing process. Heat also soothes sensory nerves relieving pain. Hot wax body therapy can also be good to beautify rough and dry hands and feet.
Paraffin Wax Treatment should not be used by those with:-
Skin disease and disorders, verrucaes, athlete’s foot, eczema, cuts and abrasions, severe bruising, swelling or any risk of bleeding, cuts and abrasions, severe bruising or swelling or any risk of bleeding, skin infections.
First treatment is FREE. After that if you are happy with the treatment, an additional cost of £5.00 will be charged on top the standard charge for the therapy you are in for.
From the Preston Chiropractor Team
Getting You Back in Action & Enjoying Your Life Again
Serving the people of Preston and surrounding areas including Southport and Lytham St Annes