Soft Tissue THerapy
I utilise a number of hands-on methods in order to reduce pain, get you moving better or recovering faster. Book in for a Sports Massage and following a consultation & assessment I’ll use the most appropriate treatment methods relevant to your tissue condition and/or movement limitations.
Massage therapy has always been a cornerstone of treatment for musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions, postoperative recovery and sports injuries. It not only improves circulation to the injured area, bringing with it essential oxygen and nutrients for repair and healing, it also flushes out toxins in the muscle that build up following injury. When treating an injury, massage therapy is essential in reducing pain, scar tissue and adhesions, and it also stretches soft tissue structures to recover flexibility. But don’t wait for an injury to get a massage! Regular massage can be used by anybody who participates in an exercise programme to improve athletic performance, speed-up post-exercise recovery, improve conditioning, maintain peak performance, and possibly even prevent injury. As well as traditional massage strokes, sports massage also employs a variety of different techniques, such as Soft Tissue Release (STR), Muscle Energy Technique (MET), Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy (TPT), deep frictions and Neuromuscular Technique (NMT) in order to restore optimal function and movement.
Studies have shown that massage can:
instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilisation (iastm)
There are many types of sensory receptors (intrafascial mechanoreceptors) in your skin and muscles that send information to your brain via your nervous system. They respond to different types of touch or pressure. The brain & nervous system responsively returns signals to change the tone in your muscles and the way you move. I may use my RockTape RockBlades, a form of IASTM when appropriate to feed the sensory system to improve this motor output. It works great when combined with movement and taping!
Kinesiology Taping and Joint Strapping
I use RockTape, a superior form of kinesiology tape that I've personally found to stand up to an athletic lifestyle better than other cheaper tapes.
Benefits of kinesiology tape include:
If you will be receiving treatment to your legs or hips, please wear or bring along short shorts and ensure that you are wearing modest underwear. Only a fully professional sports massage/soft tissue therapy will be conducted with zero exceptions! Your modesty will be protected at all times using towels and I will leave the room to allow you to undress and redress in privacy.
Ladies who are receiving treatment to the back are welcome to leave bras on if more comfortable, however please ensure that it is rear-fastening as it will be necessary to undo it during treatment.
The goal of any sports massage therapy or RockBlades IASTM is never to cause pain or bruising, and usually it doesn’t. However, depending on the condition of your tissue and the remodelling phase it is at following injury or other chronic problems, it may be necessary to go a bit deeper or firmer using techniques such as ‘frictions’ in order to evoke the cellular responses and subsequent healing & remodelling. This can be uncomfortable and occasionally you may experience bruising afterwards. However, your informed consent will always be gained prior to such treatment, and if after a full explanation you are still not happy to proceed with the technique, it will be avoided. If at any point during the treatment you reach your personal tolerance level, please let me know.
Please also note, just as with an exercise session, the effectiveness of a sports massage is not correlative with suffering/ pain experienced!
I use a sports wax which contains almond oil, so I will ask if you have a nut allergy. I also have an alternative hypoallergenic lotion. If you have a severe. highly-sensitive nut allergy, please let me know in advance and I will take additional precautions prior to your appointment.
Generally it’s not advised to have any deep tissue work immediately prior to or following intense exercise. However, it is highly complementary to augment a treatment with a low-intensity mobility session straight afterwards, especially if you have gained range of movement during the session. I will provide full aftercare advice. Some light cardio such as walking is also beneficial to help flush your lymph.
RockTape can be worn 24hrs/day and can last up to 5-7 days. And yeah, it will hold up in the shower just fine. If it starts to irritate you at all however, just take it off.
Pro tip: Take the tape off in the shower/bath. It’s easier when wet.
No, No and, er, maybe.
Generally if you’re human, you’re perfect. I’ve seen it all. If you’ve got anything contagious or infectious however, I’m obliged to avoid it.
But I’m easily pleased – and your personal hygiene will be very much appreciated!