Our Bodywork Treatments
Meridian Massage offers a fusion style of Eastern-Western Advanced Clinical Massage and Bodywork treatments paired with Osteopathic/Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments. Holistic massage, Swedish massage, Deep tissue massage, Sports massage, Hammer Therapy, IASTM, GuaSha, Remedial Soft Tissue Therapy, Aromatherapy massage, Reflexology/ Foot massage in Southampton & Hampshire
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Manipulations & Adjustments
Osteopathic techniques include articulation and manipulation of the patients bones, muscles and joints to address the abnormalities of structure and any dysfunctions. The intention is an holistic approach to aid the bodies natural mechanisms to self-heal and self-regulate.
Chiropractic techniques use the hands (and sometimes tools) to correct alignment problems, increase function and mobility and decrease any pain and and discomfort. Primarily addressing the neck and spine with the corresponding roots of the nervous system.
NOTE: We have the relevant Spinal Manipulation and Articulation qualifications and valid insurance to treat in this manner. We have studied these techniques to a high practicing standard.
The Meridian Bodywork Sessions
Advanced Massage and Bodywork treatment sessions combining years of experience and some seriously effective techniques.
Postural examination, Myoskeletal Alignment, Clinical Soft Tissue Therapy ‘Meridian style’ with IASTM, Dry Needling, Hammer Therapy, Myofascial release and Osteopathic Joint Manipulation as required.
Clinical Soft Tissue Therapy
Soft Tissue Therapy treats clients with musculoskeletal pain or dysfunction caused by any of life’s stresses. Although sport can be a common factor with many of our clients, this is far from being the main issue we deal with, as postural alignment plays a large role in today's society.
Due to the 'fix it' clinical nature of this style of massage, we assess-treat-and assess again, this is not a lay down and relax type of massage, often active movement is required on the clients part as we target the real source of dysfunction, including: Injury assessment, Advanced treatment techniques, Remedial exercise and advice to enhance recovery, prevent future injury, improve posture and functionality.
Sports Massage is the best treatment option if you suffer from muscular tension or injury, caused by repetitive use: in the gym, running, playing sport or from living an active lifestyle. Sports Massage can also be a great preventative if you’re prone to injuries. You may also use sports massage to increase flexibility and aid in optimal performance.
A sports massage can be a full body but more likely the therapist will focus on the areas of the body that require the most attention. Deep pressure and releasing of trigger points can often be quite intense and painful, but the therapist will always tailor your massage to your needs, alternating soothing strokes and trigger point release techniques for optimal results.
Sports massage is the go-to option if you are experiencing pain or have an injury from repetitive muscle use.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is the ideal choice if you have chronic muscle problems, such as soreness, injury, pulled or tight muscles.
While deep tissue may be intense, you should expect minimal pain or soreness.
Deep tissue massage is our most popular option, suitable if you have lots of muscle tension or on-going muscular pain.
Deep Tissue Massage uses more pressure than Swedish massage.
Instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation (IASTM) uses ergonomically designed instruments that detect and treat myofascial restrictions, remodeling to positively affect scar tissue and adhesion's and by using a clinical scientific approach to treating muscular dysfunction, mobilizing tissues to improve function and range of motion.
Dry Cupping Therapy
A traditional Chinese therapy combined with a modern sports approach, Dry Cupping Therapy uses suction cups placed over an area to create a vacuum to lift the soft tissues and create a decompression within the muscle and associated fascia. This decompression helps to increase blood flow and induce a stretch effect, which results in a reduction in muscle tension and associated pain.
Traditionally, suction cups are left in a static position, the modern approach glides the cups and adds active movement to provide a deep tissue massage effect. Dry Cupping is good for pain and inflammation reduction, a sedation of the nervous system, an increase of circulation to the treated area, a softening of adhesions and stiff connective tissue, drainage of toxins and waste from the lymphatic system and the ability to impact deeper, more hard-to-reach muscles. Any associated suction marks or redness, usually fade within a few days.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a specialized massage technique that uses slow, precise and light superficial stokes and pumping motions to stimulate the movement of toxins and excess fluid held in the Lymph system. It can be used to boost your body’s natural immune system and fight infection, along with reducing localised oedema or swelling.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage is often recommended by a doctor, for patients’ pre-operation who will undergo surgery and then post-operative patients after they have undergone the surgery.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage is highly recommended following cosmetic or aesthetic surgeries, such as Liposuction, BBL, Tummy Tuck, Breast Augmentation, Lifts.
Swedish massage is a gentle style of massage that comprises of long, flowing strokes, designed to let you fully relax and relieve muscular tension. Swedish Massage can be a full or part body treatment and is ideal for people who are new to massage
Choose a Swedish massage for relaxation or minor pain management.
This type of massage is also good for a first massage experience
Our Thai Massage is a combination of traditional and ancient Thai Massage techniques studied and perfected first hand in Thailand. Thai Massage is an active form of massage, increasing flexibility, circulation and energy levels at the same time relieving tension, pain and stress. It is best described as a mix between Physiotherapy-Yoga and Sports Massage.
Our Thai massage treats the entire body using a sequence of movements that are similar to Osteopathic-yogic stretching mixed with firm acupressure applied using the therapist’s palms and fingers.
Thai massage is more active than other forms of massage, some techniques can be quite intense as the therapist will stretch and twist your body in addition to providing a massage.
You can wear loose, comfortable clothing during the massage.
Reflexology Foot Massage
Reflexology is massage of the feet or hands, suitable for people who are looking to relax, balance or restore their natural energy levels.rapy-Yoga and Sports Massage.
Our Reflexology is a fusion of ancient Chinese-Thai techniques, and uses gentle to firm pressure to stimulate different pressure points of the feet or hands.
This is a good option if you’re new to massage or uncomfortable being touched over your entire body. The entire body is mapped out in the reflexes of the foot. Some reflexes may be more sensitive than others.
Aromatherapy Massages are best for people who want to have a holistic or an emotional healing component to their massage. Aromatherapy massage can be very powerful and help: boost your mood, reduce stress and anxiety, reduce symptoms of depression, relieve muscle tension, relieve pain. Aromatherapy massages combine soft, gentle pressure such as with Swedish Massage with the use of essential oils. Your massage therapist will usually decide which essential oils to use, and blend to suit your ailments.
Aromatherapy combines the gentle touches of Swedish massage with the addition of essential oils.
Head & Face Massage
Head and Face Massage can often be included as part of a full body Swedish or Aromatherapy Massage, but it feels good to have a Head and Face Massage as a standalone treatment. The neck is also massaged, as this carries blood to and from the head, and can often be the cause of headaches, eye twitches, sinusitis congestion and pulsing temples.
Gentle thumb pressure is applied intricately to the face and head, working out the stresses caused by modern day life.
Dry Needling & Acupuncture
Dry Needling is the western practice of traditional Chinese Acupuncture with a more scientific approach. Dry Needling uses neuromuscular stimulation to treat muscular pain and movement dysfunctions associated with the bodies trigger points by inserting thin needles into the affected area and stimulating them as required.
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture follows the meridian lines and acupoints of the body to treat pain, balance and prevent ailments according to principles of Chinese medicine.
Gua Sha is a traditional Asian healing and detoxifying technique, and the original IASTM. In Chinese, “gua” means “to scrape” and “sha” loosely translates to “sand” and refers to the rough, sand-like rash and bruises created by the treatment. In Gua Sha the body's surface is stroked with a smooth-edged instrument to intentionally raise therapeutic petechiae (red spots, where tiny capillaries bleed and leak into the skin. The effects of which mostly fade within 2-3 days.
Hammer Therapy is another form of instrumented assisted mobilization and soft tissue work, it can be applied both softly and powerfully. This unique healing technique is adapted from the ancient Northern Thai, Tok Sen, which translates as “Hitting/dissolving of energy lines”. It is a technique to clear blocked energy and remove calcified adhesions using mechanical tools and sound vibration, working deeply through the fascia, muscles and bones. Directly, Hammer Therapy normalises and realigns bones, indirectly each tap sends a ripple effect through the body, like tossing a pebble into a lake, a shock-wave that travels through the body.
Wood Therapy is a traditional holistic therapy that utilises vigorous and often repetitive movements with specially designed wooden tools (various rolling pins, contour scrapers and suction cups) to improve the body's size and proportions, whilst firming and contouring the body, increases blood flow and activates and eliminates the toxins of the Lymphatic system.
Wood Therapy can be seen to 'fluff' tissues, reduce wrinkles and is considered to eliminate localised fat cells and help fight cellulite.
We mostly use for Aesthetics, in Post-Op Cosmetic Surgery care as part of the latter stages of treatment.