My clinical massages involve several techniques which are a blend of Eastern and Western tech-niques which I have learnt from my years of studying. They also include, deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger points, soft tissue release and mobilisation techniques.

These are all used to assess the range of motion and what treatment is best suited to you and your body and the complaint that you have.

Deep tissue massage works with the connective tissues rather than just on the surface layer of the muscles. Although most massages will include some deep massage this is more specific. I use a variety of techniques to loosen and release tension in the muscles and fascia by penetrating them to a deeper level. I use myofascial techniques to help loosen and release the fascia which enables a deeper access to the muscle fibres.

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Fascia is the connective tissue in and around the muscles and it covers every part of the body.

This is a technique which is especially good for treatment and rehabilitation of soft tissue and fascia aches, pains, restrictions and adhesions in the fascia. It is a technique which is done without oil so that I do not slide/glide on the skin and allows me to tune into the body and connect bet-ter and deeper with the tissues. There by giving a treatment with “listening hands” and encourag-ing the fascia to unwind without the use of force but by using just the right amount of pressure.

This fascial work is then followed by a more muscle specific massage which is more focused.

It can be administered by using the hands, fingers, elbows and forearms which are most commonly used but some therapists may also use their knees and feet or even an electrical massaging device.

It is possible to feel slightly bruised after Deep tissue massage and this is quite nor-mal, and it should ease within a day or two. It is always important to drink plenty of fluids (preferably water) after a deep tissue massage to help flush the system and keep the body hydrated.

Deep tissue massage can benefit the body by breaking up scar tissue over time, it can help rehabilitate injured muscles by increasing the blood flow to them and breaking up adhesions and loosening off tight / twisted muscles. Sports injuries are often treated

A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that can cause referred pain in other parts of the body but does not always do this. Trigger point massage can help to alleviate the trigger point or ‘knot’ that is causing the pain it is very precise work and can take time. This along with the other techniques and stretching is a very effective way of alleviating pain and discomfort you may feel.

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