Why wait to feel great?
Massage benefits anyone
regardless of age and fitness level and is very effective in removing normal aches and pains that have an impact on our daily lives. A recent study has proven the benefits of massage for back pain. Other chronic conditions that respond well to massage include stress, sciatica, migraines, scoliosis, runners knee, tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and repetitive stress injury (RSI).
Massage is not only for people doing sport, anyone can benefit from regular massage.
Sports people find regular massage is a terrific addition to their training programme. Removing muscle tension improves flexibility and can prevent injuries. I work with a variety of athletes including marathon runners, tri-athletes and cyclists.
Sports massage can help alleviate the stress and tension that builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Massage can break down injuries and lesions that occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse. Sports massage is not just for the sports person: anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people in physically demanding jobs or those who spend hours behind a desk or in the car. Your treatment will include some or all of the following:
– Myofascia is the tough tissue structure which surrounds all your muscles. When this is damaged or traumatised it can become tight and restrictive.
– using effleurage, petrissage, and compressions friction techniques
Trigger Point Therapy
– Deep palpation on a specific ‘trigger’ or ‘knot’ to relax the area.
– Muscle Energy Stretching involves using light muscular contraction prior to stretching which helps to relax the muscle and limit the body’s protective reflex to contract whilst the muscle is being stretched.
– Direct pressure over the soft tissue trauma area to manipulate the fibres. It is very useful for breaking down scar tissue and softening adhesions.
Soft Tissue Release
– An advanced technique where stretching and friction is used on a specific area rather than the whole muscle
– Improves muscle function, reduces pain and supports joints. K-Taping prolongs and supports sports massage therapy, continuing to provide treatment after you’ve left the clinic!
The Dorn Method was developed by Dieter Dorn 40 years ago in Germany. It consists of a range of unique exercises and techniques developed to help joint and vertebrae slip back into their natural positions. It is a gentle and safe manual therapy, aiming to treat the cause of back and joint pain in people of all ages. By correcting misalignments of the spine and other joints, in a gentle way, Dorn can help with:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Joint problems such as hip, knee, shoulder, elbow
- Leg length difference
An imbalance of the hip or pelvis can cause the spine to sit twisted on an uneven foundation. This can cause extra strain on the muscles and joints, leading to back pain and other musculoskeletal problems.
What does Dorn treatment involve?
First I will check your leg length; a difference of leg length is often due to misalignment of the hip joint. If necessary I will make simple safe corrections. I will show you how you can do these corrections at home to minimise future problems.
Next, I will check your pelvis for any misalignment followed by lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine checks. Any imbalances will be corrected. The corrections are done in a dynamic way; you work with me by moving the joint. The movement “distracts” the muscle and the joint slips easily into place. Dorn doesn’t involve any harsh movements, heavy forces or any ‘clicking or crunching’.
You will be shown some exercises to do at home which will help to maintain balance in your body.
Acupuncture (dry needling)
Medical acupuncture involves inserting fine needles for a therapeutic effect. Overall it is the western adaption of the Chinese method, just using modern up-to-date knowledge of anatomy and physiology. I use it to relieve muscular tension and trigger points before a deep tissue massage. It is also very effective where the acute pain is too high to tolerate touch.
Deep tissue massage
Deep tissue massage focuses on relaxing the deep tension by realigning deeper muscles and connective tissue. It works by physically breaking down areas of tension to relieve chronic pain and restore normal movement by loosening the tight tissue clusters. Anyone can feel the benefits of deep tissue massage. Muscular tension, stress and fatigue can affect all of us, athletes, DIY fanatics, gardeners, busy housewives, or stressed executives. Active or sedentary – you should find deep tissue massage relaxing and therapeutic as you can really feel those knots being ‘ironed out’. You will become aware of how your body reacts and tenses up under stress and by taking early action you can reduce those stress levels and relax.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin to create suction. Cupping has many purposes, including detoxification, pain relief, to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow, promote relaxation and as a type of deep-tissue massage to relieve tension and for fascial release.
All therapies excluding biopuncture, EFT and homeopathy
Biopuncture is a therapy whereby natural remedies are injected into trigger points, inflamed areas, painful areas, scar tissue or poor healing areas, anywhere in the body, to stimulate natural healing. Most of the products are derived from plants and include Traumeel and other heel products.
- The cost includes one ampule. Additional ampules in the same consultation will be charged at £10 per ampule.
Biopuncture consultation (£45) includes one ampule. Additional ampules in the same consultation will be charged at £15 per ampule.
Greenhithe (near Bluewater)
Monday 8:30 – 22:00
Wednesday 8:30 – 22:00
Friday 8:30 – 14:00
Saturdays 8:30 – 14:00
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