Soft Tissue Therapy applies various massage and movement techniques to the muscles, ligaments and tendons of the body. This includes Sports, Remedial, Deep Tissue and Swedish Massage, as well as Osteopathy and Exercise.
Our range of Soft Tissue Therapy services cater for a spectrum of clients whether you are in need of:
- Advanced Sports Massage
- Advanced Remedial Massage
- Hydrotherm Therapy
- Swedish Massage (Relaxation)
- Specialised Massage for Pregnancy
- Niel Asher Technique
We all hear about the physical and psychological benefits of regular exercise:
Improve cardio-vascular capacity
Tone and strengthen muscles
Increase the production of endorphins which promote a sense of well being, creating a ‘natural high’
However, exercise can also put significant strain on the body’s soft tissues, especially when done at a competitive level. This is where Sports Massage has been proven to be of great benefit.
Sports Massage is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, ligaments and tendons. This therapy is very popular amongst sportsmen and women when dealing with injuries or the prevention thereof. Everyday minor injuries can still be extremely painful and may seriously affect your occupation, sport or quality of life. If not treated properly at an early stage, they can lead to a more serious long-term condition. Massage can treat the majority of minor musculoskeletal problems quickly and effectively.
When Is Sports Massage Required?
The age old adage that ‘prevention is better than cure’ is the main idea behind Sports Massage. By working with each client to prepare the body for exercise, we can significantly reduce the risk of injury, maximise the benefits of their training programme and create optimal performance through injury free training. This is usually referred to as Maintenance Massage or Preventative Massage and is ongoing for all athletes who train on a regular basis.
Pre-Event Sports Massage is given within several hours prior to an event to improve performance and help decrease the risk of injury. It is of a shorter duration than a regular massage session, lasting between 10-15 minutes and is used as a supplement to any warm up. It enhances circulation to targeted muscles and reduces mental tension prior to the performance.
Post -Event Massage
As the name suggests, Post-Event Massage is performed after an event with the goal of improving the recovery of the athlete. The massage session usually lasts 15-20 minutes and focuses on the removal of waste products and cooling the muscles down slowly. An injury that has occurred during the event can also be dealt with at this stage, normally using the principles of RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation).
Even with Maintenance, Pre-Event and Post-Event Massage, no one is immune to the risk of injury. This can appear as muscle soreness and can be caused by several factors including:
Minor muscle damage or spasm
Build up of waste products such as lactic acid
More severe damage such as rips or tears to muscle fibres
Our therapists can ascertain the possible cause of the pain or soreness and treat many of the injuries using a combination of the techniques discussed (see above). This often incorporates an Individual Exercise Prescription for long term rehabilitation (GP approval sought where necessary).
Remedial Massage deals with any concern that arises from a cause other than a sporting activity. This could be occupational or recreational, and often results in poor posture and muscle imbalances. The techniques used to address these problems are the same as those used in Sports Massage. Below are some examples of situations in which these problems can occur:
Walking on uneven surfaces
Motor vehicle accidents
Hydrotherm is a 3 Dimensional Massage Treatment that is performed on warm water cushions that are placed on a massage couch. The treatment can be oiled or non oiled. The client lies face up and does not have to turn over, which is ideal for people who do not like to lay face down or who are unable to. The therapist works between the cushions and the client’s body using upward pressure. The warm water relaxes the muscles and the water supports the body, this gives a sensation of floating.
The Hydrotherm system is suitable for all ages and it is very effective during all stages* of pregnancy.
This kind of treatment can also be useful in the context of medial conditions such as Cancer, Parkinson’s, Multiple sclerosis (MS), Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), Arthritis and muscles strains*, as well as helping with postural correction.
*Following a thorough Initial Assessment some conditions may require medical approval.
If you are interested please give Beth a call on 07588 577 635, or fill in the form below
Full Body Massage based on Swedish techniques is beneficial for stress relief and relaxation. It does not go as deep as a sports massage but is still highly therapeutic. It is beneficial if you have a lot of muscular tension, need help to relax and unwind, or if you’re feeling sluggish and need to boost your energy levels.
Although one session is highly beneficial, regular Swedish massage treatments maximise its numerous benefits, which include:
- Mobilising tired and sore muscles
- Stimulating the circulation and improving oxygen flow to the muscles
- Improving the suppleness and flexibility of muscle fibres
- Improving skin condition and helps improve muscle tone
- Stimulating the lymphatic system, increasing elimination of toxins
- Reducing mental stress and anxiety
- Strengthening the immune system
- Promoting better, deeper sleep
- Boosting energy levels
- Promoting a sense of general well being
- Leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalised
All our therapists have been trained and fully qualified to provide massage during Pregnancy by Ben Barrnett from Hydrotherm.
The Hydrotherm system is a massage treatment that is performed on warm water cushions that are placed on a massage couch. The treatment can be either done through clothes or using oil. The client lies face up and does not have to turn over, which is ideal for people who do not like to lay face down. The therapist works between the cushions and the client’s body using upward pressure. The warm water relaxes the muscles and the water supports the body, this gives a sensation of floating.
The Hydrotherm system is suitable for all ages and also through all stages of pregnancy.
The potentional benefits to having massage during pregnancy can include:
It can help the alleviation of headaches, shoulder and back-pain
Sooth sore muscles and bring relief of stress
Boost your immune system
Improve posture and general well-being
Our use of Hydrotherm mat and specially designed couches allow for a safe and comfortable treatment.
This combination ensures that no stress is placed on the broad ligament or the vena cava. This allows you to still have a full back massage. Without the Hydrotherm mat a side-lying position would normally be the only position for you to still be able to receive massage in.
The Niel Asher Technique for Frozen Shoulder is a trigger point therapy designed to to aid a faster recovery. Frozen shoulder can be very painful and frustrating due to the decreased range of movement. It is not fully known what triggers Frozen shoulder but seems to follow after a serious injury or operation. Left to its own devices the process of freezing, frozen and thawing can take a few years to return to normal and people may still find that their movement is not what it used to be. However with the Niel Asher Technique it has been found that this process can be greatly reduced with regular sessions and is much more likely to regain full movement.