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Hatfield Massage Therapy – The Dreaded Muscle Knot


Most have suffered from the dread muscle knot in the back and shoulders at some point in their life. The go to technique for many is to simply give it a rub, which may in fact be our bodies’ way of hinting a massage is needed. And you may also be familiar with the bliss that follows a professional massage, with a desire to shout ‘THERE! THAT SPOT!’ as your Hatfield massage therapist hones in on the knot and begins to relieve the tension.

What, exactly, is a muscle knot? Your massage therapist in Hatfield explains.

Muscle, like all bodily tissues, needs a rich supply of blood to transport oxygen and nutrients to the working cells so they can perform their roles. Blood flow that is restricted or cut off completely can limit muscle function. When this occurs, waste can build up within the muscle cells, such as lactic acid, instead of being whisked away by the circulatory and lymph systems. As lactic acid continues to build within the muscle it begins to stiffen in distress, thus forming the dreaded and painful muscle knot.

Fortunately, massage therapy helps eliminate this waste build up through enhancing circulation and blood flow to the muscle. As a massage therapist in Hatfield, I employ a range of different massage therapy techniques to rid your muscle of its knot. Facia release techniques help to loosen muscle fibres before a deep tissue massage in Hatfield. It’s vitally important to the procedure that the client be relaxed and ready to receive the treat, and you will find your Hatfield massage therapist will build to this by relaxing and warming the muscles through various massage techniques.

Your massage and a holistic healing approach.

To make sure you are comfortable with the pressure and technique used, your massage therapist in Hatfield will check in with you regularly during the massage. Many muscle knots can develop and persist over the course of many months or even years, so it may be difficult to break the knot apart in just one session. As it is your treatment, please feel free to instruct the massage therapist on what amount of pressure works for you.

No matter the technique used by your Hatfield massage therapist, the ultimate goal is to help legthen and relax the muscle fibres and reduce the amount of built-up lactic acid and adhesions, which will all be released back into the body as waste to be disposed of naturally. This is why you are advised to drink plenty of water following your massage therapy. Drinking more means more trips to the bathroom, and this in theory means disposing of the toxins released through your treatment.

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