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Massage Therapy

Massage therapy treats the soft tissue such as the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and myofascial connective tissues.  It can also be used to aid relaxation. Our bodies pick up tension and strains from everyday activities and postural habits. Muscular discomfort can impinge on your wellbeing.  

Are you:
  • experiencing muscle tension, aches and pain?

  • feeling restricted in how you can move?

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

  • needing an energy boost?

  • stressed out?

To book please telephone on 07423 019459

OR fill in the contact form.

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Clinical Massage Therapy

I use the Jing Institute Advanced Clinical Massage Techniques.  

This is "a unique outcome based system for addressing chronic musculoskeletal pain through a tried and tested fusion of advanced soft tissue and massage techniques."

Clinical massage therapy utilises a combination of evidence-based techniques and Eastern and Western approaches:

Deep Tissue

This uses layered touch although contrary to what some people call Deep Tissue is not about being harsh and is used along with soft tissue release, myofascial release and stretching including MET and PNF.

Neuromuscular 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. 

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.

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.

Areas of Focus

Leg, Knee & Foot

Whether it relates to inflammation in the plantar fascia or noticing that you have knee pain when you walk I am able to use clinical massage to assist you.

Lower Back

Back pain affects many and is the main musculoskeletal pain experienced by people.  It can be excruciating and work days can be lost due to it.  From lifting and pulling whilst gardening or from poor posture clinical massage can help restore your wellbeing.

Head, Neck & Shoulders

Hunched over at desks, carrying bags and children, slouched on the couch at home with streamed services our posture and tension can contribute to pain in these areas.  I use a combination of techniques to ensure that soft tissue causes can be dealt with and also giving postural exercises can help you feel relieved.

Hip & Pelvis

The clinical massage protocols I have learned for this zone can help with musculoskeletal pain from achey joints and pain in the glutes into the legs.

Hands & Arms

Combining movement, hand reflexology and massage this is designed to give your wrists and fingers the chance to move more freely and relieve aches from repetitive movement such as phone use and working on a computer. 

Indian Head Massage

This is derived from traditional Ayurvedic champissage techniques and focuses on the head, shoulders and upper arms, neck, and face.  This provides instant relief from tension and stress symptoms and helps induce a state of calam, peace and tranquility.  By working on marma points it can also help with improving concentration and promote healthy hair.
This can be done with or without oil.  

Benefits

Reduce high stress and anxiety levels   

Increase emotional health            Assist injury recovery

Enhance deep relaxation                  Move more easily

Relieve overtired and recovering muscles

Improve sleep                        Enhance quality of life

Manage musculoskeletal and soft tissue pain

Increase wellbeing          Improve skin tone

Improve surgical scarring e.g. caeserian sections

Improve circulation            Stimulate the immune system

Soothe muscular aches, spasm and tension

Relieve tension and tightness        Release endorphins

Improve flexibility and range of motion (ROM) in joints

Ease tension headaches        Change postural problems

Increase energy levels 

What happens in a session?
Preparation
  • Please have a thorough wash the same day as a minimum before you attend

  • I will wait outside the room while you undress (your underwear will stay on), get onto the couch, and cover yourself with a clean sheet 

  • You will be asked to place your belongings such as jewellery, and relevant clothing in a box during the treatment

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

  • 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.  

  • 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 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 often do you need massage?
  • For best results it is more effective to receive consecutive weekly treatments over 4-6 weeks until a reduction in soft tissue pain has been achieved;

  • Subsequent  maintenance appointments will focus on further reducing your discomfort and improving your ease of movement. 

  • A maintenance session thereafter is recommended 

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.  

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