Massage Therapies

Interesting Historical Anecdotes

Rubbing a sore knee or arm after a bump really does seem to help make the pain go away. But the earliest definite information about the effect of massage comes from Hippocrates who said “rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose, and loosen a joint that is too rigid. Hard rubbing binds, soft rubbing loosens, much rubbing causes parts to waste, moderate rubbing makes them grow.”  [Source: Early American Manual Therapy (Version 5.0) – Chapter 1 History and Development of Mechanical Vibration Therapy]

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Massage is a very old therapy and is found throughout the world. It is practised in many styles and with a wide variety of techniques. Human beings respond to touch and physical treatment in a powerful way both physically and emotionally and it is important to identify which type of massage or manual therapy will suit you as an individual. Massage encourages relaxation and helps the body make effective use of its capacity to heal and repair. Sports and remedial massage attempts to locate the source of the problem and uses a range of techniques to stretch, relax and strengthen muscle. At Ripon Natural Health Centre we take a holistic approach which includes and considers posture, work, exercise and stress.

First Appointment

Your first appointment with Clinical Soft Tissue Therapist, Libby Hancocks, will take about an hour and will include a detailed discussion of your symptoms and past medical history. This is followed by an assessment which will help her to identify the nature and possible causes of your problem and enables her to tailor treatment to your specific needs. You may be recommended to another therapist or your GP if massage is unsuitable or you need additional treatment or investigation. You will need to undress to your underwear for a full body assessment and towels and gowns are available if required. You may wear shorts and a T-shirt if you wish. Massage is generally performed directly onto the skin and will often involve using a neutral lubricating oil. Libby will discuss and agree on the aims of treatment and try and give you an idea of how she thinks massage will benefit you. This will include a discussion about number and frequency of sessions and whether your problem is likely to be a long or a short term one.


Massage uses a range of techniques including pressure, stretching and muscle energy techniques where you contract your muscles in a directed way. The strength of the treatment is tailored to your needs and physique, your fitness and sensitivity. Libby will ask for feedback on what effect the treatment is having on you or how a technique feels. You can choose to have half hour or hour appointments depending on what you and Libby decide is best.

Safety and Consent

Massage is a very safe therapy but it is important that Libby knows about current treatment you are receiving and your medical history. It is normal to feel relaxed and possibly drowsy for a short while and you can often be a little stiff or sore for a day or two after treatment. Let Libby know if you feel a technique or approach is more or less helpful. Good communication, trust and confidentiality are at the heart of a healing therapeutic relationship.