Sports Massage is a therapy that focuses on the manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body (muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia) to effectively reduce muscle tension, alleviate stress and restore balance to the musculoskeletal system.
In areas of chronic muscle tension or injury there is reduced blood flow and limited range of movement, which causes pain and inflammation. Massage physically breaks down any scar tissue and adhesions in these areas, increasing circulation, which speeds up the healing process and allows greater freedom of movement. Sports massage combines traditional deep tissue massage techniques with some of those used by Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists.
Is Sports Massage just for sports people?
Definitely not! Western life these days can be very demanding on the body. You can get an injury from a simple daily task such as gardening, driving, decorating, lifting children or being stuck at a desk for too long. Also the pressure we find ourselves under easily manifests in the body's muscles, which is why more and more people are suffering with tension headaches, tight back, shoulder or neck, sore hip and leg muscles. Sports Massage addresses all these situations and benefits people in all walks of life, not just those involved in sports.
At all levels of sport, Sports Massage is a necessity rather than a luxury as it ensures muscles are in peak condition and irons out any niggles which may develop into injuries. Sports Massage is a great preventative treatment as it means you can train more often with less chance of injury. It can also be used as pre- and post- event to enhance performance and significantly reduce delayed onset muscle soreness.
Common conditions treated with Sports Massage:
- Strains and sprains
- Back and neck pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Frozen Shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
- Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
- Tennis/Golfers Elbow (lateral and medial epicondylitis)
- Runners Knee (iliotibial band syndrome)
- Knee injuries (cruciate and collateral ligament sprain, meniscus tear, Osgood Schlatters Disease)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis (foot surface pain)
- Achilles tendon problems
- Pregnancy related hip and back pain
- Treatment after injuries and accidents
Cupping originated thousands years ago in China, and is one of the oldest forms of manual therapy. The old Chinese medical maxim holds that pain results from stagnation or blockage of vital energy (Qi). Remove the stagnation, and you remove the pain. Chinese cupping is therefore a method of breaking up the blockage to restore the body's natural flow of energy.
By placing a glass or a plastic cup onto the skin, the therapist creates a vacuum in the cup which draws the skin, muscle, and the fascia up into the cup. The suction of the cups allows new blood to flow to sore areas in muscles, providing important nutrients to the area that promote healing and regeneration. It can also provide pain relief by exciting small nerves inside muscles so that they release pain-killing chemicals.
Once suctioned, the cups are left in place for about 10 minutes while the client relaxes.
Contrary to the commonly-held impression, the suction of the cups does not hurt. In fact, most people find it a very relaxing and soothing experience.
The benefits of Cupping Therapy can be experienced with the following conditions:
- neck, shoulder and lower back pain
- stiff muscles
- anxiety and depression
- headaches and migraines
- rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
- sluggish/toxic lymph
- bronchitis and asthma
The side effects of Cupping are fairly mild. Bruising should be expected, but skin should return to looking normal within 10 days.
What is Ear Acupuncture?
Ear acupuncture is a method of treating a variety of physiological and psychological health problems by the stimulation of certain acupuncture points on the external ear. Ear acupuncture originated in China over 5000 years ago and was researched and developed by the French physician, Dr Paul Nogier, in the 1950’s.
Nogier's research indicated that every part of the body has its own representative acupuncture point on the external ear, and that stimulation one of these points can influence the corresponding organ. Nogier discovered that the position of the ear points and zones were approximately in the position of an upside-down foetus, super-imposed on the external ear, with the head located around the lobe of the ear. The effects of acupuncture have been shown to be brought about through the nervous system linked to that particular ear point. Every organ has a nerve supply which can either speed up or slow down the functions of that particular organ, and due to a variety of factors like chronic stress, these organs can become over stimulated or under stimulated. It is known that acupuncture causes the release of many potent, morphine like, pain relieving chemicals called endorphins and the neurotransmitter serotonin which affects mood.
What can Ear Acupuncture do for me?
Some people turn to ear acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition. Others choose to have treatment to help maintain good health, as a preventive measure, or simply to improve their general sense of well-being. Because traditional ear acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it can be effective for a range of conditions. Many people return to acupuncture again and again because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.
What can I expect during an Ear Acupuncture therapy?
Ear acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific points within the external ear. Sometimes a breathing technique can be used to calm and relax the client, the needles are left in both ears for 30-40 minutes in order for the client to feel the full effect. Once the needles have been removed from the ear's we will dispose of them in a safe and appropriate manner.
How many sessions will I need?
This varies depending on the severity of your symptoms and the nature of your condition, we will take time in your initial consultation to work out a time scale which bests suits your individual needs. However, we do usually see clients around one or two times per week for first four weeks.
Does Ear Acupuncture hurt?
As we are breaking the skin when we insert the needle's you are likely to feel a small, noticeable pricking sensation but this shouldn't be painful.
What do I need to wear?
It is best to wear loose clothing for your therapy sessions, and we do not recommend that you eat a large meal, drink strong coffee or alcohol just prior to a treatment.
How will I feel after an Ear Acupuncture session?
We would expect you to feel very calm and relaxed once we have removed the acupuncture needle's from your ear's.
Ear Acupuncture may help with the following conditions:
- Menstrual problems
- Menopausal problems
- Musculo-skeletal problems
- Back Pain
- Circulatory problems
- Gastrointestinal problems
- High blood pressure
- Pregnancy care
- Morning Sickness
- Respiratory conditions
- Sexual problems
- Sinus Problems
- Skin problems
- Stress related illness
- Weight loss
- Fatigue or tiredness
Electro-acupuncture is a therapy resulting from the integration of the 5,000-year old traditional Chinese acupuncture knowledge and modern preventative medical technology.
In the course of the treatment the therapist will use Electro-acupuncture device, which applies the same principle as acupuncture, and is needle-free and totally non-invasive! It detects acupoints, and then stimulates away the pain electronically, at the touch of a button. Through the stimulation of body acupoints by extra-long magnetic wave, it provides pain relief, improves micro-circulation, accelerates metabolism and enhances immunity.
The benefits of Electro-acupuncture can be experienced with the following conditions:
• pain in the hands, arms and elbows
• pain in the legs
• pain in the neck and shoulders
• lower back pain
• headaches and migraines
• bronchitis and asthma
Manual Lymphatic Drainage has a powerful cleansing, relaxing, pain relieving and immunological effects. It is a very gentle, flowing, rhythmic massage that is used to promote the optimal functioning of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system plays a vital role in the body by regulating the immune system which protects the body against disease and infection. It transports nutrients to the cells and eliminates metabolic waste, toxins, bacteria, large protein molecules, foreign substances and excess fluids from the body. Stimulating the lymphatic system through manual lymphatic drainage will activate all of the above functions encouraging a very powerful detoxification and cell regeneration.
Western culture's diet of highly processed foods and sedentary lifestyle, stress the lymphatic system with excess wastes and toxins. Coupled with this and not enough fluid intake, most of us have sluggish lymphatic systems. For this reason, anyone can benefit from lymph drainage as part of general detoxification program.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is particularly useful as a part of post-surgery therapy, to reduce oedema and fibrosis and to relieve pain and tension.
The benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage are numerous and can be experienced with the following conditions:
- Pre/Post operative cases, in particular where lymph nodes have been removed, such as post cancer where the lymphatic system is impaired in some way
- Post cosmetic surgery
- Swollen ankles, puffy eyes and swollen legs
- Scar tissue healing, torn ligaments and sprains
- Compromised immunity, frequent colds and flu
- Headaches and migraines
- Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
- Granular Fever, ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
- Helps kick-start detoxification programme
- Digestive problems
- Excess weight
- Stress, anxiety and tension
- Helps combat the dimply appearance of cellulite as part of a healthy lifestyle change
- Hay Fever and other allergies
- Acne, Rosacea and other skin conditions
- Dysfunctional respiratory system (asthma, bronchitis)
- Before and after a long-haul flight
Manual Lymphatic Drainage involves extremely light pressure and does not work your deeper muscles. It can leave you feeling very exhausted and thirsty. Give your body time to ease back into activity and increase the amount of water you drink over the next few days - the body will be in a state of high toxicity for a few days after the treatment!
Want to get rid of cellulite fast? Anti-Cellulite Cupping Massage is the most effective way to reduce and remove cellulite. That’s because it addresses the cause directly and not just the symptom!
Anti-Cellulite Cupping Massage is based on the knowledge of Chinese Cupping. Cupping is an ancient Chinese method that strives to “open” stagnation and allow life energy flow freely throughout the body, through all tissues and organs, thus providing a smoother and more free-flowing Qi (life force). Our lymphatic system can easily become stagnant, especially when it becomes overwhelmed with toxic debris. This not only leads impaired immunity and disease, but the development of fluid retention and swollen fat cells known as cellulite. Moving stagnant lymph flow is a key to keeping skin youthful and cellulite-free!
Anti-Cellulite Cupping Massage is a combination of stimulating massage movements and negative pressure with the use of suction cups on the skin. The suction effect creates a flow of fresh oxygenated blood that's rich in natural nutrients, causing the release of toxic lymph and clearing of waste from the fat cells. This subsequently breaks up and removes the orange peel cellulite look and results in smooth and toned skin. Done regularly, the improved circulation removes the “sludge”, leaving the fibrous tissue soft, healthy and flexible and keeping skin looking more youthful.
Benefits of Anti-Cellulite Cupping Massage:
- breaks up and removes the orange peel cellulite look for smoother, more toned skin
- stimulates lymphatic system and improves circulation
- detoxifies by drawing the toxins out of the body
- relieves headaches and migraines
- stimulates peristalsis and alleviates constipation
If time allows, why not combine Cupping Massage and exfoliation in one intensive 90 minute body treatment? Energising blend of Himalayan salt and oils is used to polish and perfect the skin before massage to reveal a clear, radiant and petal soft skin. Ideal for summer or before a holiday.