Most people who take exercise will know how important stretching is; by incorporating it into your massage, your Essential Thyme therapist can take those stretches a little further than you might yourself and help to increase the range of movement in your muscles and joints.

Used together, stretching (sometimes described as soft tissue release) and massage can also provide exceptional results in the rehabilitation of chronic pain conditions, as well as developing flexibility and giving you a feeling of general wellness.

There are 3 types of stretching:

  • Passive: where you relax and the therapist does all the work

  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF): this is when you are asked to do a little work resisting against the therapist

  • Active Isolated Stretching (AIS): this is the tough one, as you do all the work here. The therapist just assists where necessary

Stretching can be provided either as a stand-alone session or incorporated into a massage session to suit your needs.