Massage Therapy

Massage helps you to love your body and heal your world

 

The power of touch and massage is profound.  Massage therapy involves the soft tissue such as the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and other connective tissues.  It increases the quality of your life by managing musculoskeletal pain and your sense of physical and emotional health.   Our bodies often pick up tension and strains from everyday activities. Muscular pain and discomfort can impinge on our wellbeing. 

 Is Massage Therapy for you? 

Are you:

  • experiencing muscle aches and pain?

  • in need of time to value and nurture yourself?

  • feeling restricted in how you can move?

  • struggling with daily activities such as desk work, gardening, bending or lifting?

  • needing an energy boost?

  • willing to be an active participant in the therapy work?

Consider massage therapy with soft tissue release to: 
  • reduce high stress and anxiety levels

  • ease overuse injuries

  • enhance deep relaxation of the mind and body

  • relieve overtired and recovering muscles

  • improve sleep quality

  • induce wellbeing

  • improve skin tone

  • increase energy levels

  • improve circulation

  • stimulate the immune system

  • soothe muscular aches, spasm and tension

  • release tension and tightness

  • release endorphins

  • assist injury recovery

  • improve flexibility and range of motion (ROM) in joints

  • ease tension headaches

  • change postural problems

  • reduce pain or dysfunction caused by scar tissue from old injuries or surgeries

For initial enquiries please telephone on 07423 019459

OR fill in the contact form below

Massage Techniques

My philosophy to bodywork is to integrate different types of massage as the tools to help you with relaxation and muscular aches and pains as well as the biopsychosocial holistic model.  These are derived from both Western and Eastern philosophies.

Traditional Swedish

This uses effleurage (long strokes), petrissage (lifting), rhythmic tapping and deep point pressure techniques such as muscle stripping.  It is used to aid relaxation.

Therapeutic massage 

This uses a combination of deep tissue techniques (this does not mean harsh) along with soft tissue release, myofascial release and stretching including MET and PNF.

Amma fusion

This combines table shiatsu with acupressure and works the meridians and organ systems according to Eastern TCM.   This in part uses pressures and part stretching.

Trigger Point therapy

A trigger point refers pain in particular ways.  By finding these and using special compression techniques this helps to release them and the muscle they are present in and then the muscle is stretched, a bit like ironing it out. 

Indian Head massage

This is derived from traditional Indian Ayurvedic techniques of champissage and works on marma points.  The shoulders, neck, scalp and face are all worked. using specific techniques.  

The Massage Therapy session

Your needs will be discussed at the initial consultation.   However, you can choose from the following:

Clinical Massage

The focus is on improving range of movement and reducing discomfort with a soft tissue issue.  The first hands on treatment will focus on a more general assessment massage therapy session and then subsequent weekly appointments will focus and hone in on the specific issue.  

Balance & Restore Back Massage

A general session that focuses on your back, neck and shoulders and is designed to relieve stress in those areas and leave you feeling more at ease in your everyday life and relaxed.  

Helping Hands Massage

This is designed to give your hands the chance to move more freely and relieve aches from repetitive movement such as phone use and working on a computer. 

Pregancy massage.

Prior to and during the massage, feel free to ask any questions you may have. During the massage I will do my utmost to make you comfortable.  It is important for me to receive feedback during the treatment such as if an area feels tender or if you are warm and comfortable enough.  I may need to move you or ask you to participate in stretching and active movement such as lifting your arms or legs.  Informed consent is something I value so if at any point you wish me to stop during the treatment or my pressure is uncomfortable please tell me.

What happens:
  • I will wait outside the room while you undress to your underwear, get onto the couch, and cover yourself with a clean sheet - please make sure your underpants are comfy

  • You will be asked to place your belongings such as jewellery (massage), socks, clothes and coat in a box during the treatment

  • You will be appropriately draped with towels or sheets to protect your modesty whilst on the couch

  • Ensure your clothes are easy to take off and put back on 

  • Please have a thorough wash in the morning as a minimum before you attend

  • You may wish to bring a hair comb or brush to neaten your hair afterwards. 

  • I use a massage wax and/or sometimes oils it may end up in your hair.  Please do not book a hair appointment before your massage as it will get messy.

At the end of the treatment you will be informed of general aftercare which may also include:

  • Stretches for tight muscles

  • Strengthening exercises for weaker muscles

  • Application of ice/heat for pain relief, to treat inflammation, or to relax muscles

  • Postural awareness exercises

  • Breathing exercises

  • Ergonomic advice to change postural habits at work or in the home

  • Recommendations to seek treatment or advice from other therapists including allied healthcare professionals like osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors or further advice from your GP.

 

FAQs

How frequently do you need massage?

As often as needed!  For particular problems such as back, neck/shoulders, hands or leg/feet or face/jaw (e.g. for Golfer’s elbow, piriformis syndrome, TMJ etc) then usually 2-6 successive sessions following an initial appointment are recommended for the most benefit.   This allows me to work through with you and help to release the soft tissue.  You may be asked to do some self care techniques at home to ensure progress is made between sessions.  It is then advisable to have a monthly maintenance session.

 

I am seeing an osteopath/chiropractor.  When do I need to see you?

The best time is the days before you see your osteopath or chiropractor. That way I can perform the soft tissue work which then makes it easier for them to focus on manipulations etc. 

If you have any questions please use my Contact page.    Please note the working weight of my couch is not over 24 stone and for health and safety reasons with my equipment I may not go over this.  

What to expect (in line with close contact guidance on Covid)

Please see my Booking page for more information.

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