Sports & Therapeutic Massage
Whether you wish to improve performance, flexibility, reduce pain, recover from injury or de-stress, Lisa is a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) (www.cnhc.org.uk) and specialises in sports massage for management of injury rehabilitation and prevention, pain management, sports enhancement, exercise recovery and aromatherapy massage.
Massage is a manual therapy that involves manipulation of superficial and deep layers of muscle and connective tissue (tendons, ligaments and fascia). Massage techniques can be used to:
- Relieve chronic muscular tension, aches and pain
- Complement osteopathic/physiotherapy treatment
- Improve circulation and joint mobility
- Decrease scar tissue
- Reduce mental and physical fatigue
- Improve lymphatic drainage
- Release emotional tension and stress
- Help prevent and treat sport injuries and prevent re-injury
- Speeds recovery and repair
- Improve training and performance
- Improve sense of well-being and bring relaxation
Soft Tissue Therapy is defined as the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of minor and chronic musculoskeletal conditions (Mel Cash 2012). Therefore to optimise your treatment, I take a health history, perform assessment of muscle range of motion, muscle strength and basic movement to try and identify what may be underlying muscle tightness, pain and dysfunction. I recognise that muscles have a 3-D web of connective tissue (myofascia) running through them and connecting them to other groups. See the diagram below which shows the interconnectedness of muscle groups.
Pain and dysfunction in one muscle may often be caused by dysfunction in a muscle that it is connected to.
Soft tissue therapy uses a skilful combination of sports massage and advanced massage techniques such as trigger point therapy, muscle energy techniques, neuro-lymphatic reflexes, muscle activation techniques and active release techniques (www.activerelease.com/about.asp) to release myofascia, muscle tension and optimise recovery and performance.
To optimise your recovery I provide a home exercise/stretching/soft tissue programme to address muscle imbalance and help prevent further soft tissue injury.
I provide sports massage in Henley-on-Thames and offer a mobile massage service in the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire area.
I suffered with back pain during my pregnancy and sciatica after the delivery of my baby. Lisa provided me with an exercise programme and massage which relieved the pain within a couple of sessions. Lisa also gave helpful nutritional advice throughout and after my pregnancy which helped me lose my pregnancy weight. I would highly recommend her.