The massage studio for treatments and small group workshops is at a residential address in Levenshulme, South Manchester with on-street parking available. It is 5 minutes walk from the train station and frequent bus routes. It is 1 train stop away from the city centre. There are cafes and a Tesco within walking distance.
Onsite workplace and events visits can take place in and around Manchester.
The techniques from both methods are very similar. Sports Massage is also similar to Swedish Massage with a few extra techniques added in. There are versions of Sports Massage suitable for pre and post competition but the majority of sports massage treatments are for maintenance; to target aches and pains, improve flexibility and to prevent injury. The same principles apply to deep tissue massage.
My treatments and training are a mixture of techniques taken from the different disciples I am qualified in. They are adapted to the individual so that you get a bespoke treatment or tutorial to suit your needs.
During a firm massage there can be uncomfortable moments because tight muscles and connective tissue are being encouraged to relax. When the muscles are very tense and it can feel sore having the tension worked out. But the feeling should be a satisfying ‘good’ pain. Communication in these treatments is encouraged to reach the right level of pressure; both me checking in with you and you telling me when to ease off. In this way, the client is in control.
All areas of the body will be covered during treatment apart from the area being worked on at the time (such as one arm). This is to maintain comfort and privacy. So just wearing knickers/ boxers during a treatment is suitable because the rest of you will be covered.
If you are just having a 60 minute back treatment you can wear comfy leggings or trousers.
If you would prefer to remain fully clothed during a massage just tell me. We will agree on a suitable treatment plan which can include indian head massage, massage of the hands and acupressure (firm pressure through the towel to release tension from the muscles).
For tutorials wear comfy, clothing that you can move easily in (and that you don’t mind getting oil on!) Please wear respectful clothing- no cleavage showing for example or very tight garments. What you would wear for the gym is ideal such as a t-shirt, joggers and trainers.
In order to gain insurance to carry out massage therapy in exchange for money or to be employed by a therapy centre or spa, you need a level 3 qualification in massage. Often these courses are quite limited in the amount you get to practice massage and additional training is needed in order to give a decent massage.
If you would like to just do onsite work such as office massage aka seated acupressure where the client remains clothed and you apply pressure to the back area, you only need to do an accredited workshop which is a day long.
Yes it helps! The body is held together by connective tissue (fascia); it is a network of fibres much like an item of clothing, if one area is tight, it will pull and mis-shape and will affect another area. A classic example is how tight pectoral muscles on the chest bring rounded shoulders forward even more, contributing the a classic rounded shoulders posture. Massage relaxes tight muscles and connective tissue to enable the body to restore its natural form. Additionally, massage releases tension and stress to improve flexibility and reduce pain, as well as to improve energy levels. All of which can motivate the individual to take care of their posture and to exercise more; if you feel good, you are more likely to have the energy to exercise.
But massage is only one small part of improving posture, the rest is based on posture correcting exercises and you changing daily habits such as your sitting and sleeping position. Ask about any of this when you have an appointment!
It is best to avoid eating a big meal in the hour or so leading up to a massage. Being full during a treatment can be uncomfortable similar to running after a meal. Drinking water before and after is advised.
Prevention is better than cure. So having a regular appointment is better than waiting until you are in pain to book in.
Every 1-2 weeks for 2-3 sessions is advised if you have been suffering with pain for a long time or have not had a massage in a while.
Every 1-4 weeks is a good guideline for ‘maintenance’; to keep ship shape.
When massage therapists talk about tension they are basically talking about muscular and connective tissue rigidity. Relaxed, healthy muscles and tissue should be pliable and soft to touch. When under stress from overwork, anxiety and bad posture muscles & tissues fibres bunch up (contract) instead of lying flat and smooth. If the tension is not worked out with relaxation, massage and stretching the fibres can stay stuck in this bunched up form. Then the area feels rigid. It can cause pain. An example is a muscle ‘knot’. What is a muscle knot in your back? A gathering of tension, a blockage. Massage soothes the nervous system and sends signals to your body to relax and release stress.
Massage therapists get asked this a lot and the answer is yes- if you use your hands all the time! But if you use your forearm and elbow to perform deeper movements it doesn’t! Massage movements using the hands like kneading should be gentler whereas when a serious knot needs attention there is nothing more nifty than the sustained pressure of an elbow. Massage therapists must avoid using their hands all the time if they want a long standing career. Wrists and fingers are small joints and a lot of pressure at frequent intervals can cause pain. A huge surface area can be covered with a swoop of the forearms compared to lots of hand movements. Therapists should employ hands free movements to bring easy-to do powerful techniques to the table. Otherwise their career might be over in a few years (3 years is the average lifespan for massage therapy careers when therapists don’t use hands-free methods).