Sports and remedial massage therapy
WHAT WE OFFER
You don’t have to be sporty to benefit from sports and remedial massage therapy! This type of massage can help you to:
- maintain and improve the health of tissues within your body
- prevent and treat soft-tissue injuries
- regain your full range of movement in an injured muscle
- deal with pain resulting from repeated movements or awkward positions at work.
You’ll find pricing information at the end of this page.
The benefits of massage therapy
Whatever your reason for having a massage, most people feel benefits in during and immediately afterwards, as well as in the long-term. Here’s what massage can help to achieve:
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Maintain good health and general wellbeing
- Increase local circulation and flush any waste out of the area
- Improve lymphatic circulation and reduce fluid levels in swollen areas
- Break down scar tissue, making it smaller and softer
- Release superficial fascial tension along with muscle tension
- Increase or decrease muscle length
- Prepare for sporting participation.
Massage techniques available
Willow House offers the following techniques and more: (link to Becky page which has things like cupping)
Soft tissue release
This technique can offer speedy and effective results by releasing small areas of severe soft-tissue tension which are normally hard to treat.
This massage technique is aimed at specific soft-tissue damage. It helps to break down scar tissue and adhesions while helping to loosen and realign fibres. It also stimulates local circulation so that blood can flow more freely around the area, boosting the healing process and promoting the natural break-down of tangled fibres.
Muscle energy technique
This method uses your own effort and movement, helping to lengthen shortened muscles, improve your range of motion, improve weakened muscles, and strengthen ligaments. It can also help to prevent future muscle and joint injuries.
Also known as trigger-point therapy, this massage technique targets knots and areas of tenderness within the muscles. It helps to restore the balance of muscle tone and function. This can be particularly helpful with conditions such as back and neck pain, scoliosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and migraines.
Once your area of pain has been located, this method uses comfortable positions for massage. It is very useful if you have acute and chronic pain, such as fibromyalgia.
Self-care after a massage treatment
At Willow House, you’ll get an individual treatment plan, which may include some specific after-care advice to help speed up your recovery. However, the following is advised for everyone:
- Stay hydrated – Drink plenty of water for 24 hours after your massage. This helps to remove any unwanted toxins from your body while also rehydrating you.
- Rest if needed – If you feel very relaxed or tired afterwards, make sure that you rest as much as possible following treatment. This will allow your body to respond better to the treatment given. You should also consider whether you should drive or operate machinery until you feel refreshed again.
- Regulate your body temperature – If you feel cold after a massage, you might like to bring something warm to put on afterwards.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine for at least 12 hours, to help your body rehydrate.
- Please pay for your treatment at the end of each session (that way, we’ll know where we’re up to and your account will remain manageable). We accept debit card payments, cash and cheques. You may also make an online payment in advance of your appointment: ask for details.
- If you need to cancel your appointment, we require at least 24 hours’ notice by phone. If you fail to attend without giving notice, you’ll be charged the usual rate for the session.
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