Myofascial Therapy, Sports Massage Therapy, What kind of massage would you like?
We have several options for massage therapy from which you can choose.
A relaxation massage helps de-stress and loosen up your body and is great for those who have had a hard working week or feel like treating themselves to some TLC! The treatment consists of flowing strokes, kneading and gentle manipulations of the muscles performed at your chosen pressure. It is a pain free way to relax both your muscles and your mind.
Remedial or Sports Massage Therapy
If you have particular muscle tension or chronic pain a remedial massage, sometimes known as Sports Massage Therapy, may be for you. Your remedial massage therapist will assess what may be causing your pain and where you need treatment. They’ll perform some tests to see exactly which muscles are giving you trouble and will tailor a treatment plan to suit. The treatment itself may involve deep tissue work for short periods of time and the prescription of some exercises, but the results are definitely worth it!
Sports massage therapy reduces stress put on to the musculoskeletal system. It is an effective treatment used for the relief of pain, swelling, muscle spasm and restricted movement. Myofascial Release massage is a specialised physical and manual therapy used for the effective treatment and rehabilitation of soft tissue and fascial tension and restrictions.
Massage increases blood flow to the muscle important in removing lactate post exercise through enhanced oxidation and diffusion out of the muscles. As muscles begin to naturally heal post injury, the fibres do not always align themselves as they were prior. This can result in the muscle not functioning as it should causing reduced flexibility, loss of range of motion and even effect how the muscle contracts. By manipulating the muscle, the fibre will align better allowing a fresh blood supply with plenty of oxygen flushing out any toxins that could hinder the recovery.
Myofascial Therapy for Structural Balance
Structural bodywork as it is sometimes called helps with your posture and movement. Getting things lined up correctly allows energy to flow more easily, enabling you to move with grace and with less pain.
It’s massage, but not as you know it!
Who could benefit?
People suffering back pain, neck pain or postural problems but it can impact a wide range of conditions;
- Hip pain
- Shoulder pain
- Tennis/golfers elbow
- Foot pain
The focus of this work is on the fascia, a connective tissue that surrounds the muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones. Basically it’s the stuff that creates your posture.
Fascia can stretch and distort to pull you out of shape. The therapy is like getting all the wrinkles in your body rolled out. Strangely comfortable!
Pre and Post Natal (Pregnancy) Massage
The rapidly growing baby will create postural changes for the mother that can result in discomfort typically in the lower back, pelvis and mid back. Pregnancy massage can help to alleviate the pain caused by some of these common changes, whilst also being a relaxing and nurturing experience. Pregnancy massage is recommended after the 12 week scan and throughout pregnancy.
Massage can also be invaluable after giving birth. A new parent can experience aches and pains due to lifting, feeding, pushing buggies and looking after older children. Post Natal Massage may include breath work to help correct altered breathing patterns often caused by pregnancy. Mothers who have undergone C-Section may also benefit from Scar Tissue Work which can be undertaken after the scar has fully healed. Scars can leave a legacy of compensation in surrounding and related soft tissues that may be related to pain in areas away from the scar itself. Post natal work can usually begin approximately 6 weeks after the birth.
This powerful massage therapy comes from the Spice Islands of Indonesia. It is a technique that has been handed down through the generations aiming to give physical balance and restore vitality. Compression massage will ease tension in the body before energy lines are cleared and circulation boosted. You will be left feeling uplifted and recharged.
Face, neck, shoulder massage
A wonderfully relaxing massage which increases cell regeneration, aids lymphatic drainage and encourages oxygen and minerals to the skin cells leaving you feeling serene and your skin toned and glowing.
Debbie Kennedy – Myofascial Therapy
After a successful career running a beauty therapy business I have enjoyed being a full time mum to my two girls whilst keeping my hand in seeing a regular handful of clients who benefited from relaxing Indonesian massage. I love helping clients to feel more relaxed and comfortable using the gentle soft tissue techniques I have practiced over the last 25 years. I am especially excited to be able to add myofascial therapy to my skillset as it is such a powerful technique for releasing tension in the body’s connective tissues and muscles.
As someone who has experienced my fair share of muscle and joint pain due to car accidents and sporting injuries and now as a keen runner and swimmer I know how important it is to have the right kind of help to recover from injury and the strain of exercise. Myofascial Therapy can play an important role in helping you achieve and maintain balance in muscle and joint function.
Emma Hickman – Sports & Remedial Massage
Trained at the renowned London School of Sports Massage achieving a L5 Diploma, I have previously worked for the Ladies Hamble Hockey Club, Solent Running Sisters Running Club & also had the opportunity to volunteer at the Great South Run & the London Marathon.
Over the years of my study & since qualifying I have had the privilege of helping many people from many walks of life. I am very passionate about what I do & seeing the difference first hand is very rewarding for me
Most of us have lifestyles that involve repetitive or habitual movement which can lead to strain & reduced joint mobility thus causing pain. My treatment starts with a full posture assessment before an application of a variety of techniques with the aim of restoring & promoting efficiency & ease in posture & movement while eliminating pain, whether it be rehabilitation or maintenance I pride myself on quality of care and getting you back fighting fit again.
As a kind and compassionate therapist I can empathise with your pain from sporting injuries and the mental and physical impact they can have. As a keen runner myself I too have suffered from these impact related injuries and have personal experience of the recovery journey.
I am here to help you feel and move better, each session or programme is adapted to suit your individual need.
Tabatha McCormick – Sports & Remedial Massage
Initially qualifying and working as a food technologist, after having children I decided to pursue a career in massage therapy. I have always been interested in how the human body works and in helping to make other people feel better. I graduated in Sports and Remedial Massage therapy in 2013 (Level 5 from London School of Sports Massage) and have since undertaken courses in more holistic qualifications including pre and post pregnancy massage, scar tissue therapy and hot stones massage.
I have found it incredibly rewarding working as a Massage therapist, with a wide variety of clients – from professional athletes, to amateur runners, and people of all age ranges. I really enjoy using the therapy to help to keep people pain free so they can keep up their daily activities and fulfil their goals. Massage can be used as a tool to aid recovery from injury, to de-stress or to help to remove aches and pains from sitting at a desk all week. It is also wonderful to help keep older people active.
When not working I can usually be found running albeit fairly slowly. I have completed London and Brighton marathons and recently have taken part in a 24 hour endurance race. Massage is as important and beneficial to the average every day runner as it is to the professional athlete. I also enjoy walks with my family and have recently taken up crochet.