Myofascial Therapy, Sports Massage Therapy, What kind of massage would you like?
Pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments with the hands or special massage tools/instruments. There are many different types of massage ranging in style from light stroking to deep pressure movements.
Benefits of Massage
Reduced muscle spasm and tension, Stress relief, Postural improvement and Injury prevention are top of the list for most of our clients. The beneficial effects of massage extend into Boosting your Immune System and Better Breathing.
- Promotes relaxation
- Reduced muscle tension
- Increased joint & muscle flexibility
- Supports recovery after exercise
- Enhanced athletic performance
- Decreased muscle stiffness & fatigue
- Reduced inflammation & swelling
- It’s really nice to treat your self
Triggering a host of positive chemical responses in the brain that can result in long lasting feelings of relaxation, lowered stress, mental alertness and improved mood, massage stimulates increased production of the “feel good chemicals” Endorphins, Serotonin and Dopamine.
Chronic and habitual stress can be easier to overcome in the presence of these chemical influences, improving your vitality and state of mind.
A reduction in the levels of stress hormones Cortisol and Adrenaline allow your body to enter a relaxing rest and recovery mode.
Managing stress this way has been reported in research to be an effective tool in the management of high blood pressure reducing risk of heart attack, kidney failure and stroke.
Remedial or Sports Massage Therapy
If you have muscle tension or chronic pain either remedial massage, sometimes known as Sports Massage Therapy, or Myofascial Therapy may be for you.
Sports massage therapy will perhaps be a more familiar approach. Soothing rhythmic light or firm stroking movements, kneading, gliding and percussion of the muscles, passive or active stretching alongside recommendations for exercise. 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. 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. The therapist is trained to manipulate and distinguish how much pressure and movement to use, the direction of the stretch, and the duration of the stretch, incorporating feedback given by the physical and verbal responses of the client. This technique of stretching the fascia, directly or indirectly, allows the connective tissue fibres to reorganize and releases bonds between fascia, ligaments, muscles, and bones. 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! It is mainly applied with the goal of eliminating pain, increasing range of motion, and balancing the body.
Your therapist will assess what may be causing your pain and where you need treatment. They’ll perform some tests to see exactly which tissues 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, and the results are definitely worth it!
The purpose of the practice of massage is to enhance the general health and wellbeing of the recipient. Massage does not include the diagnosis of a specific pathology, the prescription of drugs or controlled substances, or spinal manipulation, as these acts are outside of the scope of massage therapy practice.
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, and also qualified in Neuro-Kinetic Therapy.
Over the years of my study & since qualifying I have had the privilege of helping many people from many walks of life. My client list includes people from sporting and non-sporting backgrounds, office workers, busy parents and grandparents as well as members of sports clubs and individual athletes (& non-athletes).
I care for weekend warriors through to Olympians. I am very passionate about what I do and 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.