SOFT TISSUE THERAPY
Soft tissue therapy uses a range of techniques to asses, treat and rehabilitate musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. This can be caused by anything from sport, work/repetitive strain, poor posture and just day to day life stresses. Through my knowledge of posture and movement, I assess correct alignment, poor biomechanics and joint mobility. Then apply soft tissue techniques where appropriate. This will help to diminish pain, release tension, aid circulation, reset neurological holding patterns, improve injury recovery, prevent injury, inhibit the formation of scar tissue and increase freedom of movement.
- Desk neck and shoulders.
Are you hunched over a desk or computer for hours and feel a stabbing pain between your shoulder blades? Do you suffer from tension headaches and stiff neck and shoulders?
This treatment is a combination of trigger point therapy to alleviate those stubborn uncomfortable sensations in your upper back and neck from sitting for long periods of time. Looking at shoulder positioning to target the specific muscles that are pulling you out of alignment and use an array of manual techniques to release and re-align. Seated postural awareness advice and exercises to increase core strength, activate and strengthen upper back and mobilise the spine and shoulder joints.
- Deep relaxation and de-stress
Are you feeling; overwhelmed, too many things to do and not enough time? Juggling the children, a job and chores? Working non stop hours and can’t switch off?
Stress has a huge role in the pain response and can heighten our nervous system. This means that we can feel more pain or be more sensitive to pain when we are putting ourselves through some kind of stress, be it; having hectic lives, over working, not sleeping or even poor diet. Stress also causes muscles to become switched on and over active which also contributes to joint stiffness and muscle soreness.
This is a full body massage, using essential oils that are particularly excellent at helping with relaxation. The massage strokes are lighter with a lot of circular and kneading techniques similar to Swedish massage. These strokes aid the lymphatic system to rid the body of toxins. Rocking, tapping and gentle stretching techniques to help switch off the nervous system so that you can drift away into complete relaxation. Breathing techniques and advice if required. Breath work exercises can alleviate anxiety and an agitated mind, especially those who feel like they can’t switch off. Certain exercises can bring calmness and re-set the neurological pathways.
Do your legs feel tired, heavy and achy?
As someone who has always loved their sports and fitness, I know that sometimes those legs just get a real hammering! This treatment follows all the lines of tension, releasing where appropriate. It mobilises the hip joints and looks at ankle and foot alignment to allow for more efficient bio mechanics. More efficiency means better transfer of load/forces through the leg which can help with both knee and hip pain.
- Lower back pain
Does your back spasm when you do the most mundane thing, like, put your socks on? You stand for long periods of time and it starts to really ache? You feel pinching sensations in your sacrum when doing certain exercises?
A treatment that looks at pelvic alignment, posture and core stability. Release techniques in the hips, abdomen and gluteal fascia. Strengthening and stretching exercise program where appropriate. Often lower back pain can be caused by weak, lengthened lower back muscles, overly tight psoas, weak spinal postural muscles, dysfunction in pelvic floor and abdominal recruitment, locked on abdominal fascia and poor glute function.
Are you someone who regularly does what it takes to look after themselves? Wants the best from their body?
This is a 1.5 hour full body maintenance treatment. For those people who don’t necessarily have any pain or discomfort but like to keep their body and mind in tip top condition.
“If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old; if it is completely flexible at 60, you are young” Joseph Pilates
Do you have lower back pain? Perhaps you have rounded shoulders and you want to look more upright? Do you feel stiff and tired? Or maybe you want to feel stronger? And increase physical performance?
After my injury Pilates was the one form of exercise I could do, that made me feel strong and supple without the frustrations of pain. It targets and strengthens the deep postural muscles which helps to re-align bad postural habits and encourages correct alignment of the entire body.
The controlled movements are perfect for building strength, stamina and flexibility creating longer leaner muscles and above all balance within the body. Pilates is perfect for all levels of fitness. It is not only brilliant as a low impact rehabilitation program for anyone with injuries or post surgery, it is also excellent for those who want to support specific training regime i.e. athletes, dancers, football players etc. Plus benefit anyone starting or wanting to change to a new exercise program.
‘Pilates is a mind-body system’ created by Joseph Pilates. The importance mainly being on the set of principles behind the movement rather than the movement itself;
- Awareness- being fully present and having the awareness of the intricacies of movement within the body
- Balance- balance is not just the balance between the mind, body and spirit but also within the movement for the body. All muscle groups should be addressed and trained appropriately and in all planes of movement, rather than excessively over training one area.
- Breathing- Similarly, like yoga there is an importance on breathing. It can energise us and help deeply focus the mind. In Pilates however, there is also a focus on when to breath in and breath out during the exercise which helps to assist the movement and stabilise the body.
- Concentration- concentration allows you to get the most out of your body and the way it moves. Understanding when you need to move and which body part needs to move to enable precision.
- Centring- a focus on moving from your ‘centre’ your pelvis and abdominal region. Recruited correctly this is an area of strength and your centre of gravity. When you are feeling strong and centred your movement should be smooth and controlled.
- Control- control is the utilisation of all the above. The goal is to make the movement look smooth and effortless. This comes with practice and enabling the repertoire to become part of your body.
- Flow- Most of our dysfunction comes from our bodies, over time, developing poor movement patterning. Flow is the connection of one movement into the next. Good muscle recruitment is a sign of flowing movement. Pilates helps re-establish good muscle recruitment and therefore better movement patterning.
PILATES STUDIO EQUIPMENT- Reformer and Cadillac
The equipment gives a little added edge to movement. They are resistance based which increases feedback for the client and enables them to feel where they are in space. Finding neutral and correct alignment should feel much easier. The varying load from the springs (which creates the resistance or depending on the exercise, lack of resistance) enables the teacher to challenge the exercise and therefore challenge the clients mobility/stability.
“In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see a difference, and in 30
sessions you’ll have a whole new bodyJoseph Pilates