| swedish massage | matrix repatterning | craniosacral therapy
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myofascial release | | deep tissue massage | trigger point therapy |
| pregnancy and labour support | hot stone treatment |

If you’re interested in finding out more about different types of massages and their benefits, below is a list of treatments Leslie offers, with a brief explanation. To find out which treatment is best for you please contact Leslie.

Swedish Massage is therapeutic massage consisting of continuous effleurage strokes, deep kneading and stretching to tight muscles. It is the technique upon which most other styles of massage therapy are based. Benefits: Reduces stress levels, stretches and tones muscles, helps the body to maintain homeostasis.
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Matrix Repatterning is a revolutionary journey to improved health based on ground-breaking scientific research that explains how the body really works. It is a form of treatment that effectively addresses injury and its relationship to many health conditions…literally at the cellular level.

For more information please go to www.matrixrepatterning.com
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Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle noninvasive technique that is based on the principle that our bodies know how to heal themselves. The practitioner listens to the body through palpation, then allows or introduces movement, which will release restrictions.

Restrictions are caused by physical or emotional traumas. For instance, neck injuries from a car accident are locked into the body. So are sports injuries, accidental falls or birth complications such as forceps deliveries. Emotional traumas are also stored. The events are essentially 'frozen' into our bodies until they are released.
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Myofascial Release is a hands-on technique involving the application of stretches and pressure to the fascia and muscles. It relieves tension and pain by releasing and lengthening the fascia, which allows muscles to return to their correct position, length and function.

Myofascial release not only relieves temporary tightness, but long-held patterns of tension can be reversed. This allows muscles to stay lengthened and perform in balance with each other, helping to break habits such as poor posture and protective 'muscle guarding'. Because of this, people often notice that their pain relief, improved movement and other effects are long-lasting.
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Deep Tissue Massage is generally slower than Swedish, this technique goes deeper into the muscle and connective tissue to release chronic tension which might have developed from injury or overuse. Deep tissue techniques are as varied as their practitioner.
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Trigger Point Therapy is a pain-relief technique to alleviate muscle spasms and cramping. The therapist locates and deactivates `trigger points', which are often tender areas where muscles have been damaged or acquired a recurring spasm or `kink' that worsens painfully when aggravated. Trigger Points typically 'refer' pain to areas surrounding or even very distant from the 'tender point'. The major goals are to reduce spasm inducing new blood flow into the affected area.
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Pregnancy and Labour Support
During pregnancy, massage therapy is an excellent step in maintaining physical and emotional health. Massage relieves muscular aches and pains, and also prepares the muscles and joints for the labour process.

As labour support, your massage therapist can play a key role in the labour support team. Several techniques are used to help manage pain, soothe the labouring mother and her partner, decrease pain of back labour and assist with your breathing and concentration.
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Stone Massage involves the application of water-heated basalt stones of varying sizes to key points on the body, giving a deep massage and creating sensations of comfort and warmth. The direct heat relaxes muscles, allowing manipulation of a greater intensity than with regular massage.
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