Therapeutic massage for muscular stiffness

 By Rita Davies

What is therapeutic massage?

A hands-on manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. Amongst the many different types of massage therapy methods (called modalities) there are two major categories:

Relaxation massage: Also known as Swedish massage and practiced in spas, wellness centres and hotel resorts. 

Rehabilitative massage: Known as therapeutic soft and deep tissue massage, medical or clinical massage, practiced in both hospitals, complementary and alternative clinics.

Most people have aching sore muscles (Myalgia) at some point. This may affect your whole body or specific areas such as your neck, shoulders, legs, or even your feet. If you have been over using your muscles this pain may range from mild to excruciating. It may go away in a few days or it may become serious and prevent you from doing daily activities. A good therapeutic massage practitioner aims to treat the ‘root cause’ of your pain. With the skilful application of touch, muscular tension may be relieved.

Techniques such as cross fibre massage, friction trigger point, vibration and neuro muscular techniques (to name but a few) may assist in re-aligning deeper muscles and help remove pain.   Many people seek massage therapy for a variety of reasons:

  • reduce pain
  • improve sleep
  • relax muscles
  • rehabilitate injuries
  • reduce stress and anxiety
  • strain and sprains
  • tension headaches
  • promote overall health and wellbeing
  • Stiff joints

What is involved in a treatment? 

  For your treatment to commence, a comprehensive physical and emotional history is taken of your health and well-being leading to a discussion of your presenting issue.

During a treatment, you will be:

  • Offered a gown
  • Asked to undress to underwear and sit on the examination couch.

Here the practitioner will assess and observe:

  • The colour of your skin, swelling, unusual lumps or bumps.
  • The soft tissue.
  • The range of movements of joints including the offending muscle groups.

You may be asked to sit or adopt the supine position on the couch. You will be draped for your privacy excluding the region being treated. The practitioner may use lotion or carrier oils. This whole process may last up to an hour and a half depending on individual practitioners

Consistency is essential for successful results. This will result in your attendance twice a week or weekly, depending on the severity and longevity of your health issue.

A good practitioner will assess and record all changes that you display, physical and emotional.  Usually after the first treatment you will feel an improvement. However, it may take a minimum of three weekly treatments. Your treatment plan and health is unique to you. For this reason, it is confidential and notes are securely filed. 

Does it feel uncomfortable?

Tense muscles may feel uncomfortable when pressed, with the correct use of massage techniques the muscles can be relaxed and the pain decreased. However, it is always within your own pain threshold and many people feel wonderful and energetic following a treatment as they have less pain and more movement. You may feel extremely tired and heavy.

Water will be available after the treatment, and you will be reminded to drink 2 pints of water for the remainder of the day. Most importantly you will be required to relax and allow your body to heal.

Choosing a practitioner

It is important to choose a qualified massage therapist who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of massage therapy.

You can check whether a massage therapist is registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) by searching the register at Choosing massage therapist that is registered with the CNHC, allows you to confident that they are properly trained, qualified and insured.

Rita Davies is a holistic practitioner of 25 years and therapeutic massage is just one of her modalities that is very close to her heart.

Adding to this Rita is a teacher of Complementary and Alternative Health (CAM),  Angelic Reiki Master/Teacher,  founder of 3 Counties Holistic Healthcare charity (3chh). .

Clinic Manager and Proprietor of Healing touch Worcester

Treatment cost £60.00  










r further information or to book an appointment contact Rita Davies on 01905  763481.


Having suffered for many years from Chilblains on my toes and being unable to find an effective curve, I turned to Rita Davies at the Healing Touch Complementary Heath Care Center Bath Road Worcester.

My initial assessment by Rita confirmed that i was suffering from quite a bad bout of Chilblains with more than one Chilblain on each toe.

My first treatment was deep massage of my toes and feet, in conjunction with a potion of essential oils mixed by Rita. The relife and feeling of well being after the first treatment was totally indescribable and very welcomed. My assessment would be that the initial consultation saw an improvement of well over 90%. I continued applying and massaging to my effected toes, the essential oils that Rita had mixed for me each evening before bedtime, to see further improvements.

My second treatment from Rita went on to compound the already good work that she had done to relive my painful feet.

I can only speak highly of Rita and the Healing Touch Complementary Heath Care Center, and would recommend anyone with any well being problem give them a try you would have nothing to lose and could be well surprised.


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