What Massage Services do we offer?

We’ve trained in sports massage, earning a level 3 NVQ, and have completed further certificates and education in Trigger Point, Dry Needling, Spinal Manipulation, Gua Sha, and the M Technique.

We are also fully qualified in Personal Training Level 3, Gym Instructor, Kettle Bells, and GP Exercise Referral, Exercise to Music, Burlexercise.

We’ve trained and competed in Aesthetic Body Building, gaining a few trophies along the way, so we know a bit about the body, pain, muscle chains, movement patterns, dieting, fat loss, muscle development, aesthetic training, and more besides.

We’re also post menopause, early onset menopause 7 years and counting, which means we have a keen interest in supporting females with peri and menopausal symptoms.

Massage

Massage

From £20

Half hour treatment, Holistic, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Childhood, Pregnancy, Elderly, we’ve got it covered. We charge by the half hour, so you can choose exactly how you want your treatment.

Gua Sha

From £20

Half hour treatment. Gua Sha is a technique used in traditional East Asian medicine. It is often used to treat muscle pain and tension. Gua sha aims to move energy, known as qi or chi, around the body. The treatment involves using a tool to rub the skin in long strokes, applying enough pressure to create petchi. Gua sha may help to break down scar tissue and connective tissue, improving movement in the joints. The treatment does not have any serious side effects but is not suitable for all. We also use a version of the technique known as instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). Using a tool instead of the hands during a massage allows us to apply more pressure.

Researchers have carried out small studies on the following groups of people to see if gua sha works, women near menopause, people with neck and shoulder pain from computer use, male weightlifters, to help with recovery after training, older adults with back pain.

  • Women found that perimenopause symptoms, such as sweating, insomnia, and headaches, were reduced after gua sha.
  • A 2014 study found that gua sha improved the range of movement and reduced pain in people who used computers frequently compared with a control group that had no treatment.
  • In a 2017 study, weightlifters who had gua sha felt that lifting weights took less effort after treatment. This could suggest that the treatment speeds up muscle recovery.
  • Older adults with back pain were treated with either gua sha or a hot pack. Both treatments relieved symptoms equally well, but the effects of gua sha lasted longer.
  • After a week, those who had received gua sha treatment reported greater flexibility and less back pain than the other group.

Side effects and risks – Gua sha causes tiny blood vessels near the surface of the skin called capillaries to burst. This creates the distinctive red or purple bruises, known as sha. These marks usually take a few days or a week to heal and can be tender while healing.

What is Dry needling?

Dry needling is a technique similar to Acupuncture in that a needle is inserted into the skin to alleviate pain. However the primary difference between acupuncture and dry needling is that acupuncture treats for the purpose of altering the flow of Qi (or energy) along traditional Chinese meridians while dry needling follows evidence-based guidelines, recommended “point” locations, for the treatment of specific conditions and pain patterns.

We use dry needling to address neuromuscular conditions, relieve pain, and/or improving range of motion. Evidence to date supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up a return to active rehabilitation.

Acupuncture is a complementary medical practice rooted in traditional Chinese medicine that entails stimulating certain points on the body – most often with a needle penetrating the skin – to alleviate pain or to help treat various health conditions. We are not qualified in Acupuncture but we were trained in dry needling by osteopath and acupuncturist Mieke Vlamynck.

If you have more questions about dry needling or acupuncture, speak to us, initial consultations and examinations are free of charge.

Needling and Shockwave Services

Dry Needling

From £20

Traditional treatment with heated mitts or booties, soak, cleanse, exfoliate, mask, heat, massage and lymphatic drainage, includes file, shape and buff of your natural nails, shined to perfection. Allow 1 hour from treatment.

Trigger Point Therapy

From £20

Half Hour Treatment. Painful aching areas that do not respond to localised treatment often have remote trigger points, that refer pain to them. They are most often found in muscles, but also in fascia, periosteum, tendons, ligaments, and skin and are caused by such factors as physical and psychological stress, trauma and lack of rest.  We have trained with Simeon Neil-Asher to uncover, release and unlock those patterns, helping you to alleviate pain and symptomatic signs quicker and easier than ever before.

Shockwave Therapy

From £20

Half hour treatment. For the destruction of scar tissue, bursitis, piriformis syndrome, patella tendinopathy, Osgood Schlatter, calcific tendonitis, tennis elbow, peronei (shin splints), heel spurs, achilles tendinopathy, plantar fasciitis, bursitis (metatarsal).

Spinal Manipulation and Gentle Traction

From £20

Half Hour Treatment. We combine movement with massage, energy techniques, and physical therapy. Designed to relieve pressure on joints, reduce inflammation, and improve nerve function. We treat the back, neck, shoulder, and headache pain with a combination of gentle traction and manipulations. We don’t profess to be an Osteopath, we will always refer when necessary. Our training was with Osteopath Cameron Reid, we’ve perfected our technique to perform gentle pops, rather than thrusts, and can show you how to manipulate your body in the best way for increased range or movement and pain release.

Meso Therapy and LED

Sessions and price varies

Mesotherapy involves the use of multiple intradermal or subcutaneous injections of a mixture of compounds in minute doses, by means of very fine needles, directly over/near the affected sites. Originally invented in France to manage painful medical conditions.

Red light to reduce inflammation while improving circulation, promotes wound healing and tissue repair, helping for the short-term treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, stimulates healing of slow-healing wounds, like diabetic foot ulcers, reduces lesions, aids with short-term relief of pain and morning stiffness in people with rheumatoid arthritis, reduces some of the side effects of cancer treatments, including oral mucositis, improves skin and builds collagen, improves the health of joints in people with degenerative osteoarthritis of the knee, helps diminish scars, relieves pain and inflammation in people with pain in the Achilles tendons

Blue light Depression.

Yellow light Works with the lymphatic system, improving the removal of toxins from the treated area. Increase wound healing, collagen induction, skin hydration and the overall health of the skin. The perfect light to use after skin Needling treatments or to help speed up skin recovery.

Green light Calms irritated or over-stimulated skin. Serotonin enhancing green light suppresses your appetite. Several studies indicate that people with obesity that have been given increased levels of Serotonin during a research period of 24 weeks, decreased their food intake and lost weight. Green light also relieves pain, eases stiffness, and works as a pain reliever in case of rheumatism, arthritis and muscular pain.

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