I am very focused on helping patients recover from acute and chronic problems.
Each session contributes to your sense of wellbeing, vitality and awareness of their own state of health whilst addressing the core problem area. I like to discuss and advise on the benefits of exercise, stretching, self-massage, breathing, and alternatives to conventional medication, so that patients can be active in maintaining the improvements made in each session.
I have a lot of experience in Sports Injury Therapy having worked extensively with Triathletes, Rugby players, Runners, Cyclists and Swimmers, as well as helping many people suffering from poor postural habits and sedentary work conditions back to greater mobility and freedom from pain. Although it is probably an integral component in maintaining levels of every professional athlete’s performance, you don’t have to be an elite athlete yourself to benefit from sports massage. If you are upping your training, then consider the benefits of some regular sessions to support the increase in workload.
Sports Massage needn’t be agony (contrary to popular belief)
Yes, there is usually a certain amount of ‘pain’ but it shouldn’t go over the threshold of what feels manageable, or that it is doing some good. To put it another way, when you come for a massage it is usually because the pain levels have become unmanageable- unless you’re one of those well-behaved patients who likes to book in before things have got that bad. So, when deep, sustained pressure is applied to these painful muscles, the body’s pain receptors will naturally be stimulated. Sports massage performed in a considered and controlled manner primes the body for this response so there is less of a shock. A trigger point may start off with an exquisite level of pain, and then slowly reduce to the point of feeling greatly relieved. Breathing plays a key role in moderating the initial increased sensation so that the muscle fibres are gradually allowed to relax.
Some of the positive effects of Sports Massage-
- Relieves stiff, aching muscles
- Improves flexibility for enhanced sporting performance
- Helps prevent injury by identifying risk factors, and keeping muscles in prime condition
- Enhances performance by improving recovery time after training or competition
- Effectively remedies work and posture-related discomfort
- Helps reduce general tension and stress-related headaches with trigger point therapy
- Helps to improve posture and body awareness