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!
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!
Performed by a qualified midwife and using aromatherapy oils carefully selected for their safe and effective application during pregnancy your aches, pains and postural stresses will be soothed away. Pre and post natal treatments are available, a real treat.
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.
Nathan Cobern BSc. – Massage & Sports Therapy
Sports therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability.
It utilises the principles of sport and exercise sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the client for training, competition and work.
Although some physiotherapists focus on sports-related cases, sports therapy and rehabilitation is a separate profession, requiring a 3 year intense study at university. It is concerned with musculo- skeletal conditions arising from physical activity, not with general healthcare.
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.
The treatments include:
- Sports massage
- Myofascial release
- Joint mobilisations
- Body and posture assessment
- Kinesiology taping
His love of sport and the desire to help people in pain or discomfort get back to full health and in a better shape than they were before they were injured. Whether getting back into a sport or just to lead an active lifestyle, his extensive knowledge in injury prevention/management, treatment and rehabilitation techniques are easily translated into everyday life.
From back pain to old sporting injuries as well as rehabilitation of joints such as knees and elbows, he can help you achieve your personal goals. Nathan has a keen interest in Athletics particularly sprinting, and have competed at county and national level from a young age. He has coached young athletes for many years. Nathan is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) the lead body in Sports Therapy.
Caroline Ball BA – Sports & Remedial Massage Therapy
A graduate from the University of St Mark and St John’s, Plymouth, I gained a BA degree in Coaching and Physical Education with Applied Sports Science. Following university I went to the USA where I worked as a swimming coach, working alongside a national swim team in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. On return to the UK I expanded my coaching experience whilst working in a well-established swim team in Plymouth. This included working with Olympic swimmers from around the globe including a London 2012 gold medal winner and home grown talent of all ages.
Having an interest in sports injuries and passion to help others I pursued further education in sports therapy. Initially qualifying and gaining experience as a Swedish Massage Therapist I then successfully completed a Level 5 Diploma in Sport and Remedial Massage with the London School of Sports Massage. I have gained experience working with various sports teams and sporting events including the Royal Navy Women’s Rugby Team, the navy fencing team, Southampton Diving Academy and local rowing and rugby clubs. I also worked at the 2015 London Marathon helping the runner’s post-race. I have completed courses in strapping and taping and kinesiology taping and also am qualified in pitch side trauma management and regularly attend games as part of the medical team.
I have been a competitive swimmer from an early age with personal achievements including national open water champion, world cup competitor and European trail 10km medallist. Competing at this level has provided me with the knowledge and understanding of dedication and disciplined training programs required to reach the highest levels in sport. It also has allowed me to see first-hand the difficulties athletes encounter training during and post injury.
It is my aim to work with you to get back to full fitness whether you are a competitive athlete or training for personal goals or sports teams.