1.

 Is Massage Therapy for you?

Are you:

  •  stressed out?

  • experiencing muscle aches and pain?

  • in need of time to value and nurture yourself?

  • needing an energy boost?

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

 

2.

Potential benefits of massage are it may help to:

  • reduce stress

  • enhance relaxation

  • induce wellbeing

  • improve skin tone

  • increase energy levels

  • improve circulation

  • stimulate the immune system

  • soothe muscle issues

  • release tension and tightness

  • release endorphins

  • relax the mind and body

  • assist injury recovery

  • improve flexibility and range of motion (ROM)

3.

Conditions that may respond well:

  • Stress/anxiety

  • Insomnia

  • Muscular/soft tissue  issues - back, arms, shoulders, neck, legs

  • muscular aches

  • scar tissue within  myofascia

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. Massage therapy and soft tissue release help bring about relief for overtired and recovering muscles as well as give a deep sense of relaxation.

My philosophy to bodywork is about integrative techniques using different types of massage as the tools in my clinical toolbox to help with relaxation and muscular aches and pains as well as the biopsychosocial holistic model. I work with a blend of Western and Eastern massage techniques including:

  • traditional Swedish

  • soft tissue release - PNF/MET

  • acupressure/Amma fusion

  • myofascial release 

  • stretching - PNF

  • Trigger Point therapy

  • Indian Head massage

I am certified in massage therapy protocols for:

  • Shoulder Girdle (frozen shoulder) & Neck Pain

  • Hip & Leg

  • Wrist and Arm

  • Lower Back Pain  

 

I also hold a first year Soft Tissue Release certificate from the College of Osteopaths.

Types of massage therapy appointment:

  • If there is a particular soft tissue issue that is causing problems then I will usually focus on the first treatment with a more general assessment massage therapy session and then subsequent appointments will focus and hone in on the specific issue. 

  • I use the Jing Clinical Massage Institute Fix in Six method for remedial purposes whereby it may take more than one treatment to resolve a soft tissue issue - I will keep you informed throughout.

  • I offer a general relaxation back, neck and shoulder massage as well

  

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

New Clients

Before your hands-on in person first appointment you will first require:

  • an online/phone consultation of 15-30 minutes.  This will include your medical history and any problems you are experiencing and when they started so I can plan. 

  • I may ask to do a Zoom call with you in order to allow me to see your range of movement for particular muscles (due to covid I need to minimise in person time) and to give me a thorough understanding of any restrictions in the soft tissue.  If treatment is suitable to go ahead then we will book in your massage therapy appointment.  

  • you will be asked to complete a pre-screening form the day before your hands on appointment.

  • The massage treatment will be adapted according to your needs and these will be discussed during the consultation.

At your in person appointment:

  • you will be asked to sign a consent form

  • hands on time is 45 minutes

  • you will be informed of general aftercare

  • you may receive a few specific self care pointers as homework such as stretches

What should I wear?

I can give you a couch-based but clothed massage using Amma (Eastern) style techniques - please wear appropriate, comfortable and loose fitting clothes if so.   For regular massage:

  • You will keep your underpants on - please make sure they are comfy

  • Ensure your other clothes are easy to remove

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

  •  Please bring your own mask or face covering so that you feel comfy

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

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

  • You may wish to bring a hair comb or brush to neaten your hair afterwards.  Also as I use a massage wax, although I will do my utmost to keep it off, it may end up in your hair

 

What should I do during the massage therapy session?

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.

 

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 a course of 1-6 successive weekly massages is recommended for the most benefit.  This allows me to work through with you and 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.  

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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