I can provide sports massage for pre and post event, maintenance treatments and injured tissue.
Sports massage isn’t just reserved for athletes. Factors such as lifestyle and postural defects can cause muscle tension, adhesions and fascia restrictions as well as limited range of movement.
Sports massage can relieve all of these conditions reducing aches and pains and increasing your flexibilty.
All sports treatments begin with a thorough consultation including health and lifestyle questions, a postural analysis and range of motion tests. This enables me to formulate an effective, personalised treatment plan for you addressing any issues.
I’ll also recommend stretches & strengthening exercises for you to do at home if required.
Swedish/Deep Tissue Massage:
Swedish body massage uses smooth, relaxing strokes alongside kneading, wringing and frictions to help release muscle tension and break down adhesions or ‘knots’. In addition to the Swedish Body massage I also use deep tissue techniques, trigger point release, stretches and mobilisations to further release tight muscles and provide relief from aches and pains. If I feel it is of benefit I may suggest incorporating some reflexology into your massage too to gain maximum therapeutic benefit.
Depending on your requirements your massage can be purely relaxing or can be a combination of relaxing and therapeutic. If your main aim is relaxation then you can just zone out and enjoy switching your mind off for the duration of the treatment. If you’re after a more therapeutic massage to address particular problems then it’s likely that I’ll work with you throughout the session obtaining your feedback as I work on the problem areas.
During a Reflexology treatment I use my thumbs and fingers to apply pressure to various pressure points on the feet. Although reflexology is not strictly classed as massage I do use massage techniques to ‘warm up’ and relax the feet prior to treatment and again at the end of treatment to sooth and relax the feet.
The principle of reflexology is that there are 10 energy zones that run throughout the body and reflex areas on the feet that correspond to all your major organs, glands and parts of the body. By stimulating various points on the feet the energy channels are unblocked enabling the subtle energy to flow freely and thus restore harmony and balance within the body. I often liken the body to an engine, if one part is out of wack then the rest of the body systems will be put under strain too. Reflexology acts to redress this balance which in turn stimulates healing. A reflexologist will never diagnose or claim to be able to cure any condition but reflexology can prove helpful for a number of common conditions. I find the results of reflexology generally speak for themselves.
Seated Acupressure Massage
Seated acupressure massage is done over the recipients clothes on a special massage chair. The massage can be as short as 10 minutes or as long as half an hour. It can also be stimulating and refreshing or relaxing depending on the massage movements used. It’s a great massage for the workplace as it can leave employees feeling revived and refreshed increasing employee wellbeing and productivity.
Please ask for details if you’re interested in workplace massage.
Whether you have sports or swedish massage, reflexology or a combination of all three, your treatment will always begin with a thorough consultation to assess your lifestyle, health and reasons for having a treatment. This enables me to ensure there are no medical conditions that may require your GP’s permission prior to treatment or that may require me to adapt your treatment. It also gives you the opportunity to discuss any problem areas that you’d like me to work on and your expectations, I can then formulate a treatment plan to suit your needs.