GOT A NIGGLE OR ONGOING ACHES?
The aim of sports massage is to reduce pain and improve freedom of movement. So whether or not you do sports, if you’ve got any aches or niggles, then a session or a series can help relieve these.
Sports massage is usually problem-focused or for maintenance. So for example, if you’ve got shoulder pain, I’ll first of all assess before putting on my detective’s hat, to try and understand firstly, how we can improve this in the short-term (through massage and other techniques) and in the long-term (exercises and stretches you’ll be asked to do at home). Maintenance massages are fantastic for keeping you moving freely and during these, it’s likely we’ll find areas you never knew were tight or needed improving!
The techniques I’ll be using will stimulate the nervous system to help release tension and reduce pain. Thumbs, fists, elbows, palms and fingers are the tools I’ll be using.
I apply a ‘treatment with intention’ method, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. After an assessment, I’ll plan your treatment and the appropriate techniques to meet your goals. It’s important to see the bigger picture.
How is sports massage different from deep tissue massage?
Sports massage targets certain issues or areas which are causing problems. Often, there’s a bit of detective work which happens, as I’ll try to find out why you’re having these aches and pains, especially if they reoccur. And then, I’ll work with you to help reduce these in future.
Often, deep tissue massage can be a general, full body massage, which focuses on relaxation.
Someone once told me that ‘sports massage had fewer candles and whale music!’
Who can benefit?
Absolutely everyone. Whether you’re postnatal, sit at a desk all day, partake in lots of sports, have mobility problems, sports massage can help. And research also shows that as well as affecting you physically, it can also help reduce anxiety and stress levels.
60 mins – You’re looking to treat one, maybe two, problem areas. We’ll likely focus on either upper body or lower body.
90 minutes – You’re looking to treat both upper and lower body. This will also include a movement and postural assessment.
Sessions take place at my home in Highbury Barn.
Availability and how to book?
Drop me a line to discuss booking in massage times for that week.
Had your Covid-19 vaccination or booster recently? Please wait at least 2 days before booking in your massage.
I don’t have any ‘problem’ areas – will I still benefit?
Absolutely. Massage can be great for relieving tension you didn’t know you had as well as improving mood and feelings of wellbeing. If you lead a busy life, it can help you find time to unwind.
Do you do pre and postnatal massage?
I’m not currently prenatal qualified, but I can still work with you once you’ve had your baby. Postnatal massage can really help soothe your aching back and shoulders and make you feel more ‘you’ again. And if you fall asleep on the table, I won’t mind!
Unfortunately, babies aren’t allowed in the treatment room.
Do you also do pre and post-event massage?
Yes, I do. Massage before an event can help you physically and mentally prepare and reduce injuries. Massage after an event can improve your recovery time and get you moving without feeling so ‘creaky’.
Message me to discuss your requirements – it can be beneficial to have a series of massages in the lead-up to your event.
Is sports massage painful?
This isn’t a ‘no pain, no gain’ session. Massage doesn’t have to be painful to be beneficial and in fact, too much pain can have the opposite effort and cause you to tense up. That’s not what we’re aiming for!
Cancellations and No-Shows
If you can’t make an appointment, please cancel 24 hours before, otherwise you will be charged half the amount of your session. If you cancel 12 hours or less, or do not show up, you will be charged the full amount of your session.