Before you come for any treatment I recommend that you are hydrated. When a muscle is fully hydrated is becomes more pliable which enables me to work deep into the muscle fibres giving you a more effective treatment. You should also wear appropriate clothing as I will need access to your muscles during massage so wearing loose-fitting shorts and if you are a female a back-fastening bra underneath your other clothes are ideal.
There is a tendency to associate sports massage with a macho ‘no pain, no gain’ belief – this is not accurate, and puts people off. Whilst you can judge for yourself after your first treatment, sports massage is usually (but not always) firm. The goal is to enable your body to restore ease and comfort to tissues which may be tight or tense or to bring greater ease and range of movement to stiff or sore joints to ease pain. I use varying degrees of pressure (relative to your size, age and health) to make this happen. Pressure on tight muscles can trigger pain messages and thus feel uncomfortable. Some clients describe this as ‘grateful pain’ – they feel that it is doing them good. I will never inflict pain on you without your understanding about the goal of the technique. You can decline a technique if you wish.
Following a Sport or NMT massage, any soreness that presents itself should fade after twenty-four to thirty-six hours. The muscles that were tight should remain noticeably more relaxed for four to fourteen days, depending on stress, activity level, and severity of pain prior to beginning massage therapy.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a very specialized form of manual massage therapy. As a certified NMT therapist I am educated in biomechanics, the physiology of the nervous system including its effect on the muscular and skeletal systems.
A NMT treatment consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the areas of muscle spasm. The massage therapy pressure is usually applied with the fingers, knuckles, or elbow. Once applied to a muscle spasm, the pressure should not vary for ten to thirty seconds. Muscles that are in spasm will be painful to the touch. The pain is caused by ischemic muscle tissue. Ischemia means the muscle is lacking proper blood flow, usually due to the muscle spasm. This in turn creates a situation where muscle is not receiving enough blood or enough oxygen. This lack of oxygen causes the muscle to produce lactic acid, making the muscle feel sore following physical activity. After the muscle is relaxed through massage therapy, the lactic acid will be released from the muscle, and the muscle should start receiving enough blood and oxygen. Neuromuscular therapy may feel unfamiliar or even slightly painful at first, but the pressure of the massage should alleviate the muscle spasm. At this point, it is extremely important to communicate with me regarding the pressure – whether the pressure is too much, too little, getting better, getting worse let me know and I will respond accordingly. Following a NMT treatment any soreness that presents itself should fade after twenty-four to thirty-six hours. The muscles that were tight should remain noticeably more relaxed for four to fourteen days, depending on stress, activity level, and severity of pain prior to beginning massage therapy.
NMT is highly effective for people who have been experiencing chronic pain and is often successful in reducing or eliminating even longstanding painful conditions. Some techniques can also be applied to acute injuries and for post-surgical care. NMT is effective for many soft tissue pain problems including back and neck pain, headaches including migraines, hip and shoulder pain, numbness and tingling in the arms or legs, and the soft tissue aspects of fibromyalgia syndrome. Competitive athletes, gym attendees, people suffering from work related pain, postural, chronic or back pain can benefit from a NMT treatment. I can offer you either a 60 or 90min NMT treatment
Sports massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity. Soft tissue is connective tissue that has not hardened into bone and cartilage; it includes skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. Sports massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma. The application of sports massage, prior to and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury. Sport massage can help people who are actively involved in sports, live an active life, work physical jobs, work sedentary desk jobs or it can help anyone suffering from aches, pains or strains. I can offer you either a 60 or 90min sport massage.
A pre-event massage can help athletes prepare for a competitive event. A pre-event massage is brief and invigorating, usually lasting 15-20 minutes. It is given within an hour before the sporting event, through the clothes to warm up the muscles.
A post event massage should be calming and relaxing. Its goal is to ease muscle pain (by decreasing tension), muscle soreness (by dispersing lactic acid), and to reduce inflammation. A post-event massage should last no more than 15- to 20-minutes, and it should be administered through the athlete’s clothes. Post-event massages encourage the return of blood and oxygen to tense areas, and they flush out metabolic waste products that have built up during strenuous muscle use.
Swedish Massage is a manual therapy that emphasizes long strokes, kneading and friction motions to encourage proper circulation. The technique involves rubbing muscles together in the same direction as the flow of blood to the heart. Swedish massage works to improve circulation, relieve muscle tension and reduce emotional stress. I can offer you either a 60 or 90min Swedish massage
Orthopedic massage is a type of treatment that mixes several types of advanced manual therapy techniques. They include, but are not limited to: myofascial release, deep tissue massage, therapeutic stretching and structural Integration. Orthopedic massage is appropriate for anyone experiencing pain, tension or would like to increase flexibility and performance. For individuals looking for non-surgical, non-medication-based treatment of injuries, Orthopedic Massage is the rehab approach for you. I can offer you either a 60 or 90min Orthopedic massage
Dry needling is a procedure in which a thin filament needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. A myofascial trigger point is a focus of small muscle fibre contraction, which is related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle. They often occur because of neuromuscular dysfunction and in areas of musculoskeletal stress. How does dry needling work? There are mechanical and biochemical effects. Based on many research studies, it is known that inserting a needle into trigger points can cause favourable biochemical changes, which assist in reducing pain. It is essential to elicit so-called local twitch responses, which are spinal cord reflexes. Local twitch response with dry needling is the first step in breaking the pain cycle. Is the procedure painful? Most patients do not feel the insertion of the needle. The local twitch response elicits a very brief (less than a second) painful response. Some patients describe this as a little electrical shock; others feel it more like a cramping sensation. Again, the therapeutic response occurs with the elicitation of local twitch responses and that is a good and desirable reaction. Almost anyone experiencing a variety of pain problems can benefit from dry needling, including but not limited to
Side effects may vary among individuals. Typically, only mild muscle soreness or skin bruising. Price and duration of dry needling is dependent on area to be treated.
|Neuromuscular Therapy||60 mins||£35|
|Full Body Sports Massage||60 mins||£35|
|Full Body Sports Massage||90 mins||£45|
|Upper/Lower Body Sport Massage||30 mins||£15|
|Full Body Swedish Massage||60 mins||£35|
|Full Body Swedish Massage||90 mins||£45|
|Dry Needling||Duration dependent on complaint||Prices Start from £35|
|Pre/Post Event Massage||Price Available or request|