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CLINICAL SPORTS MASSAGE / 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 range of movement.

Most popular treatments…

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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 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.

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DEEP RELAXATION AND 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 which are 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. Breathwork 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 over active neurological pathways.

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FITNESS LEGS

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 biomechanics. More efficiency means better transfer of load/forces through the leg which can help with both knee and hip pain and reduce fatigue.

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LOWER BACK PAIN

Does your back spasm when you do the most mundane thing? You stand for long periods of time and it starts to really ache? You feel pinching in your lower back when walking?

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 poor glute function and poor breathing mechanics. Massage can certainly help alleviate the aching muscle tension but the real game changer with lower back pain is the Pilates reformer resistance work and postural awareness.

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PEAK PERFORMANCE

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.

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SCAR TISSUE RELEASE (from surgery scarring and Injuries)

Do you have a large fibrous scar somewhere on the body? Does it pull uncomfortably or feel tight?

Due to the way in which scar tissue forms, the visible scarring caused by surgical incisions and trauma can cause fascial pulls throughout the area/limb that it lies on. This can then lead to misunderstood pain in other areas, tightness, lack of movement and poor posture. The techniques I use begin to break down the scar tissue, so that it begins to fade and feel less ‘lumpy’ or ‘rope like’. Scar tissue can also hold emotional stresses linked with it. Usually down to the trauma from the original injury or the events that led up to the surgery. Manual fascial work can help to release these emotional ties and relieve psychosomatic related pain within the body and from past events.

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*Please note that although these treatments are some of the most common, everyone is different and presents with different problems. I treat each person as an individual which means every treatment will vary.

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