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Appointments

Monday to Saturday: 0900 - 2000

Flexible hours are available for training and competitive needs during the weekend.

Treatment and Benefits

Clinical and remedial massage is the most effective therapy to maintain muscle and soft tissues such as tendon, ligaments and fascia, it's practice eases muscle tension, improves circulation and increases mobility and balance throughout the musculo-skeletal system. It also has psychological benefits such as preparing an athlete for competition, aiding a person through an injury and relieving someone with a dilapidating disability or disease.

There are several techniques that can be used throughout treatment, each of which play an important physiological role in the re-alignment and regeneration of muscle tissue.

Effleurage: this is a technique used at the beginning of a session to apply warmth and comfort to the area of the body which needs treatment. This technique uses gentle but firm and long strokes towards the heart in line with the body's circulation.

Petrissage: this technique uses both hands to grasp, squeeze and lift the tissue in an isolated area. This alternating, kneading action stimulates circulation, warms the area treated and loosens and softens the tissue.

Soft Tissue Release (STR): this technique is used on areas of severe soft tissue tension and adhesion. Passive pressure is applied to the tissue concerned while an active/passive movement is applied by the therapist. This action breaks any adhesion causing the fibres to bind, enabling them to move and realign in the correct direction needed for proper function.

Muscle Energy Technique (MET): this technique stretches the muscle beyond its capability by inducing a temporary state of relaxation or inhibition. This works well on muscles that are extremely tight and that cannot be stretched by normal intervention.

Friction: this technique involves deep pressure on specific areas of soft tissue which are damaged e.g. scars and adhesion. This method breaks down the scar tissue and allows separated muscle tissue to reform. This procedure can be uncomfortable however the pressure experienced is only applied up to a minute at a time.