What is Soft Tissue Therapy?

Soft Tissue Therapy is the treatment of the soft tissue within the human body. Soft tissues being: all muscles, tendons, ligaments, encompassed by the FASCIA within the body.

What is the difference between Soft Tissue Therapy and Sports Massage?

Sports Massage has the connotations of working with athletes or 'sporty people', however! It is the name of a series of techniques to encompass a lot of simple and complex massage techniques, plus stretching, joint mobilisations and pre/post sporting event treatments. It is available to all individuals, no matter their background, but still uses many deep tissue massage techniques and more, including:

Myofascial release, stretching, positional release, soft tissue release, frictions, muscle energy techniques, trigger point release and more.

A typical massage of any sort will tend to be a passive treatment.

The way I work will be a more interactive approach to treatment - you will do some of the work!

Soft Tissue Therapy is essentially 'Sports Massage' and so much more! It is all encompassing of all the soft tissues of the human body, to get the body moving as one complete body as ALL IS CONNECTED, thanks to the wonderful FASCIA. Using many techniques to NOT ONLY treat an 'injury' in isolation, but to appreciate how 'WHERE THE PAIN IS, THE ISSUE IS NOT!'

Meaning...I treat the body as a WHOLE. e.g. A pain in the lower back could be due to a previous fracture in the ankle or an excessive thoracic flexion (kyphosis) for example.

Why Soft Tissue Therapy?

  • Available and applicable to EVERYONE! Athletes and non-athletes alike! 

  • All encompassing treatment, treating the body as a whole.

  • Pain reduction (chronic and acute)

  • Raises self awareness in body and mind through education

  • Relaxation and stress relief

  • Eases tired/achey muscles

  • Prevents injury and pain

  • Injury rehabilitation - speeds up recovery

  • Boosts immunity

  • Removes accumulated toxins

  • Improves blood circulation and promotes healing

  • Improves joint mobility / range of movement / ease of movement throughout the body

  • Improves sleep quality

  • Increases sporting performance and muscle tone

  • Boosts energy levels and mood

  • Aids in preparation and recovery for competition.

 

My Approach:

You are a human BEING and your body is your only vehicle to carry you through life. The importance of your body amplifies further when you have an active job, participate in regular physical activity, sport and/or compete. Your body needs to be working optimally to achieve your desired results!

We can all be pretty tough on our bodies. Accumulations of stress over time, results most often in tired/achey muscles, strains, tensions, knots/niggles and illness too.

Quite often, many of us carry around so much stress in our bodies and do not even realise it.

My treatments will raise your awareness to how much tension you are holding on to and exactly where and the impact of this on your body.

Working hands-on with your soft tissues with massage techniques will allow me to feel the tensions and allow your tissues and fascia especially to release and encourage realignment. 

What can you expect from me?

A treatment with me will be so much more than a 'quick fix'! I treat the body as a whole and incorporate your frame of mind, educating you to be more aware of the WHY you have the issues that you are presenting. Which quickly reveals the HOW to treat you effectively to get the RESULTS you desire which most likely will be EASE of movement, MAXIMUM RANGE of movement, PAIN FREE movement and IMPROVED overall ability to move and perform as you desire.

I HELP YOU TO HELP YOURSELF for the LONG-TERM!

So expect full engagement in your treatment, it will be active not passive!

What will a treatment include?

  •  Movement analysis (addressing movement patterns, postural issues and any areas of pain); 

  • A specifically tailored Soft Tissue Treatment (hands-on massage treatment).

  • Education and awareness raising on the what, where's and why's.

  • Movement and exercises to accelerate ideal alignment (pilates-based corrective/strengthening exercises; mobility drills and stretches, according to your requirements).

  • I will provide  you with necessary tools, enabling you to self-treat between sessions and empower you to take control of your body, accelerating healing and encouraging you to perform at your full potential. 

  • Expect an active treatment which is all inclusive of massage and movement to help you for the long-term! No patchwork methods here! It will be TEAMWORK - so be prepared to do your homework!