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.

 Is Massage Therapy for you?  Are you:

  • 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?

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. 

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.

Potential benefits of massage are it can support you to:

  • reduce stress and anxiety levels

  • enhance relaxation of the mind and body

  • 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

I am certified in clinical massage therapy protocols for:

  • Shoulder Girdle (frozen shoulder) & Neck Pain

  • Hip & Leg

  • Wrist and Arm

  • Lower Back Pain  

 

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

New Clients

Please book a New Client Initial Consultation (by phone) of 15-30 minutes:  

  • This will include your medical history and any problems you are experiencing and when they started so I can plan your care.

  • 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 there are no concerns and treatment may go ahead then we will book in your New Client Massage Therapy appointment.  

For in person appointments:

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

  • you will be asked to complete a consent form

  • hands on time is 50 minutes

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The Massage Therapy session

I offer several approaches which will be discussed at the initial consultation.

  • 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.  The first hands on treatment will focus on a more general assessment massage therapy session and then subsequent appointments will focus and hone in on the specific issue. 

  • I offer a general relaxation back, neck and shoulder massage as well - Balance & Restore Back Massage

  • 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.   

What to wear:

For regular massage:

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

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

  • 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

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

 

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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