Discover the Benefits of Back, Neck, and Shoulder Massage

As a therapeutic treatment focussing on the back, neck and shoulders, this type of massage can be performed in different styles, sports or Swedish massage. A session focussing on these areas would aim to induce relaxation and leave you feeling calm and free from stress.

If you're experiencing tension headaches, a sore neck, sore upper back, or sore shoulders, it's possible that the trapezius muscle is involved. The trapezius, located in the upper back and neck, can become tight and strained due to factors such as poor posture, stress, repetitive motions, or muscle imbalances. You can learn more about this muscle, common issues and tips for relief in my trapezius blog post.

Both popular and beneficial, back, neck, and shoulder massage offers a variety of advantages. It can alleviate stress and tension while enhancing blood circulation, flexibility, and a range of motion around this area of the body. Massage is also recognised for enhancing the immune system's function and reducing muscle soreness and fatigue.

One of the primary benefits of the back, neck, and shoulder massage is its ability to relax the recipient. Through the utilisation of long, flowing strokes and gentle techniques, this massage aids in soothing the mind and relaxing the body. Individuals dealing with high levels of stress or anxiety can particularly benefit from this treatment. Moreover, the back, neck, and shoulder massage can improve the quality of sleep by facilitating a state of relaxation that promotes easier and uninterrupted sleep.

Massage is also known to enhance circulation and increase overall blood flow throughout the body. It stimulates blood circulation in the targeted muscles, which in turn improves their functionality and reduces soreness. The application of Swedish or sports massage techniques during this therapy helps enhance flexibility and the range of motion as it loosens and stretches the muscles.

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What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy is a manual therapy technique that involves using hands-on pressure on the body's soft tissues. It aims to improve overall health and well-being by promoting healing and aiding in injury recovery. In addition, it can enhance flexibility and alleviate pain caused by muscle tightness. Massage therapy can help improve mobility, reduce discomfort, and promote relaxation. If you're in the Norfolk area and looking to manage chronic pain or simply seeking to improve your physical and mental health, massage therapy may be an effective option.

What are the therapeutic choices for back, neck, and shoulder massage?

I offer the following treatment types:

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Sports massage

Sports massage is the use of specific therapy techniques in an athletic context to improve recovery time, enhance performance and reduce the risk of injury. This is accomplished using techniques that stimulate the flow of blood and lymph to and from muscles. Sports massage is often delivered before or after physical activity depending on the subject's needs, preferences and goals.

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Swedish massage

This is a gentle treatment, with relaxation as the goal. Taking 30 or 60 minutes, this massage should leave you relaxed and de-stressed.

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Hot stone massage

This is a fantastically relaxing treatment, which uses hot and if desired cold stones to work into the muscles. It's a gentler treatment than a conventional sports massage, but is still great for dealing with aches, pains and tight spots.

Cannabidiol (CBD) infused sports massage

CBD massage

A CBD-infused sports massage is a specialised therapeutic massage that incorporates products containing cannabidiol (CBD). This treatment combines the benefits of traditional sports massage techniques with the anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and relaxation-inducing properties of CBD. It is designed to enhance muscle recovery, reduce pain and inflammation, alleviate stress, improve sleep, and support overall well-being.

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Pregnancy massage

Pregnancy massage, delivered to an expectant mother, uses aids such as pillows and bolsters to ensure that the client can lie comfortably. The therapy techniques used allow for the many physical changes that a woman experiences during this time.

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What to expect from a massage therapy appointment targetting the back, neck and shoulder area?

To begin your appointment, we will have a conversation about your needs, medical history, and any concerns you may have. I may also conduct some brief observations of your posture, range of motion, and movement; you will then be asked to make yourself comfortable on the massage table, under a blanket. You may need to disrobe to your underwear, depending on what you are wearing, but never more than that. After the massage is complete, we will have another chat to discuss how you're feeling, and if necessary, I may recommend exercises and stretches to maintain the benefits of the massage and provide aftercare advice.

Then you're all done, and hopefully feeling relaxed and ready to face the world again!

For those seeking massage therapy in the Norfolk area, this article highlights the numerous benefits, including its ability to alleviate pain, promote relaxation, improve mobility, and aid in injury recovery.

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Hannah Tabram's massage therapy room in Kenninghall, Norfolk. There is green grass, a gravel path leading to the door and a hedge row behind.

What my clients say

I take pride in providing excellent service to all of my customers. Take a look at some of my reviews to discover how they rated their treatments.

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  • ★ ★ ★ ★ ★... I switched to Hannah and immediately it became clear that I should have been seeing her as a sports injury therapist from day one.
    Hannah is extremely knowledgeable and continues to train for a range of qualifications.
    My treatment is continuing but she has made an enormous difference in aiding my slow but steady recuperation.
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About your practitioner

Hi, I’m Hannah, a level 4 sports massage and soft tissue therapist, mum, dog-mum, and runner. I’m also qualified in hot and cold stone massage and pregnancy massage, and have additional training in muscle energy techniques. I’m a member of the Sports Therapy Association, and insured by Balens. I work from a garden treatment room at my home in Kenninghall, Norfolk.

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