I am qualified in remedial and sports massage (level 5 diploma), and have a particular interest in working with athletes and sports people. I have also trained in dry needling (medical acupuncture), holistic massage, seated acupressure massage, as well as K-taping, and I use a combination of techniques from all disciplines in my treatments.
I'm registered with the Massage Training Institute (MTI) which means that I'm subject to 18 hours of annual training / CPD requirements to keep my knowledge, technique and qualifications up to date. I work mostly from my treatment room in Southville, an easily accessible area of south Bristol, and have experience of working with a wide range of people from sports people (particularly runners, cyclists and climbers), the elderly, and those with conditions such as fibromyalgia.
Massage is increasingly recognised for its positive contribution to health and well-being, with recent research suggesting that massage may benefit the immune system, particularly during the winter months. Increasingly sedentary lifestyles conspire against the body functioning at its best: hours spent driving or staring at a screen, often compounded by factors such as poor posture, can lead to muscle imbalances with associated tensions, pain and stiffness; sports people may experience soreness, stiffness and overuse/over-training injuries, which can sometimes relate back to postural or bio-mechanical issues; stress can generate tension in the body, leading to pain, soreness, and a whole range of stress-related disorders , while stress-related chemical changes may contribute to a depressed immune system and subsequent poor health. While massage certainly won't cure all ills, it can play a positive role in:
· addressing muscle and postural imbalances, which can themselves lead to discomfort and even injury;
· recovery and rehabilitation after injury or surgery;
· maintaining muscle and joint flexibility;
· stress relief;
About 'sports' massage...
Contrary to popular belief, it really doesn't *have* to hurt! It's also not really a defined 'thing', and it's certainly not just for sporty types. 'Sports' massage uses exactly the same massage techniques as other types of massage, although we may have a few extra tricks up our collective sleeves for when they're needed, and sometimes the approach can be a little different So while it's true that treating injured or stressed soft tissues is more often than not going to hurt a little, it's not just about the pressure: less is very often more. So don't be put off by the label 'sports massage' if you're looking for something a bit more gentle: ultimately, what I do is 'massage', with each session taking into consideration both the individual's needs and their preferences.
I work primarily on a massage table, using a non-scented, non-greasy hypoallergenic oil or massage wax. A massage chair is available to those for whom the table is not practical or desirable.
Seated massage is typically offered with the recipient fully clothed, and is therefore particularly suitable for corporate or on-site work.
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