Massage therapy

How can massage therapy help?

The main ailments people turn to a massage therapist for help are: headaches caused by a stiff neck and shoulders, sore lower back or sciatica along with others. Stationary work, lack of exercise, unilateral training and inadequate total body care can create an unbalanced load on the body.

All of these cause pain if prolonged. Surgical operations, injuries and infections can also cause the body to “lock up”, and scar tissue can limit the body’s range of movement and cause pain. We aim to take advantage of a variety of manual techniques as well as treat symptoms and the cause of the ailments using massage therapy. For example, one reason for having aching shoulders could be stiff pectoral muscles, at which point your chest will be treated in addition to back and shoulder muscles.

Massage therapy aims to restore the body to its optimum condition, increase your self-awareness of the body and provide you with the tools necessary for self-care and maintenance to support your massage therapy treatment results.

Another common reason to see a massage therapist is stress. Giving the muscles a relaxing massage has a calming effect. A pleasant touch releases ‘happiness hormones’ in the brain which relieves pain and raises one’s pain threshold, but also reduces stress. However, you do not have to be suffering from a particular ailment to get massage therapy, but you can and should use it as a means of prevention. Massage therapy is used to treat and prevent muscle tension that restricts muscle function and therefore impairs performance and increases the risk of injury. Massage therapy also stimulates the flow of fluids and blood circulation and can be used amongst other things to speed up recovery after athletic activity.

When not to get a massage?

If you have particular illnesses/diseases or are injured, you may be prevented from receiving massage therapy. If you are uncertain about whether or not you can have massage therapy, please contact us at ViaVital before receiving treatment or seek your doctor for medical advice.

Massage cannot be performed if you have:

  • Myositis
  • An open wound or a burn injury
  • Haemophilia or bleeder's disease
  • Skin infections (such as a rash, inflammation, severe acne, etc.)
  • Ischemic tissue injury
  • Artificial blood vessels
  • High fever
  • Hungover or intoxicated
  • Vein thrombosis
  • Malignancies
  • Stroke (do not get a massage within the first 12 months after having a stroke, only once you have your doctor’s permission), spastic paralysis
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Recent injuries such as sprains or strains
  • Hernia
  • Abnormally high or low blood pressure
  • Active infection, taking a prescribed course of antibiotics
  • Donated blood within the last three days

If you would like to know more about booking massage therapy appointments, call Sonja to enquire, phone +358 50 382 3451, alternatively, you can book an appointment directly through our appointment booking system.​