Massage

I offer a broad range of massages (sports, deep tissue, therapeutic, swedish and pregnancy massages).

I take care with what I use on your skin, and use only organic oils such as almond oil, blended with essential oils, as well as Arnica and magnesium for sore muscles.

Sports Massage

Not just for sporting people, sports massage breaks down muscle adhesions and reduces the likelihood of tissue damage. By helping improve your range of motion, sports massage supports your rehabilitation from injury, resolves old aches and pains from sports activities or poor posture and repetitive actions in your daily life, such as sitting at a computer. Pain can also be caused by emotional distress.

Sports massage is superb for assisting with relieving symptoms of:

  • neck and shoulder pain
  • lower back pain
  • muscular aches and pains, especially during training for a sports event
  • migraines, headaches or jaw pain
  • RSI or carpal tunnel syndrome
  • sciatica or piriformis syndrome
  • postural issues
  • inflexibility
  • strains or sprains
  • fibromyalgia
Deep Tissue Massage

To loosen those tight shoulders and stiff necks, a deep tissue massage can really help break down tension in the body and leave you recharged and refreshed.

Deep tissue massage aims to connect with deeper muscles, tendons, ligaments and most importantly the fascia. (a kind of connective tissue that runs throughout our body) When muscle fascia, also known as myofascia is realigned, it is often referred to as myofascial release and deep tissue massage has elements of this type of massage as well as more traditional massage therapy techniques.

Deep tissue massage can be an all over body massage or can be used to target specific areas. It is especially useful for chronic pains and areas of stiffness, for example;

  • Stiff necks
  • Lower back pain
  • Tight shoulders
  • Limited mobility
  • Recovery from injuries and operations
  • Tennis elbow
  • Postural problems
  • Sciatica
  • Piriformis syndrome
Therapeutic Massage

This massage technique is a deeper form of soft tissue release aiming to decrease muscular pain, improve circulation, muscle tone, function and performance. It reduces the risk of injury and speeds up the recovery in rehabilitation. It eases the “knots” which are formed due to muscle imbalance.

Swedish Massage

This is a more gentle, holistic massage, which aims to totally relax your body and mind. It differs from other types of massage in that I use only light or medium pressure depending on your preferences. Hands, forearms and elbows are all used to work on the superficial tissues using a variety of techniques from gentle gliding strokes to kneading and chopping actions.

Benefits of Swedish massage may include:

  • improvement of blood circulation
  • relaxation of tight muscles
  • relaxation of the mind
  • stress and anxiety relief
  • helping you to sleep better
Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy is a time of great change. It is also a very emotional time. My nurturing pregnancy massage feels great and can bring huge benefits to both you and your unborn baby. Pregnancy Massage is great for supporting you with symptoms experienced while you are expecting your baby.

Typical symptoms of the expectant mum include:

  • Swollen ankles
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lower back pain due to the shifts in weight
  • Hip, rib and shoulder pain
  • Neck stress
  • Sciatica
  • Postural problems

The massage, which is given during the second and third trimester, will be tailored to meet your needs so that it plays a part in your healthy pregnancy, labour and postpartum period. I work with the whole back and shoulders, abdomen, arms and hands, legs and feet, face and scalp, or I can give more focused treatments to help with pain conditions.

Myofascial Release (MFR)

MFR helps to realign the body and correct postural problems. MFR is essential for the treatment of pain. It helps the fascia, which surrounds and connects all the structures in the body, to correct restrictions in the body. Loosening the restrictions allows the body to realign and rebalance.

Trigger point therapy

A trigger point is found in the muscles or connective tissue at the source of pain. Often the pain can refer away from the trigger point, and be felt in other areas of the body. Trigger points will cause referred pain in a predictive pattern. Successfully treating trigger points greatly reduces pain and irritation.

Cupping Therapy
Massage in Brockenhurst Hampshire

I use cupping in combination with physiotherapy or a massage. It is an ancient form of Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM and dates back to as far as 1,550 B.C. There are different forms of cupping; the most common are dry, wet, and fire cupping.

I use exclusively dry cupping. One or several cups are applied onto the skin in particularly painful areas. I use a suction device to create a vacuum inside the cup, which pulls the skin up. The procedure increases blood flow to particularly painful areas and will ease the pain. 

The suction may sometimes leave circular marks for a while after your treatment. It creates a myofascial release in the tissues and most people find it pleasant and relaxing. This releases stagnation and increases blood flow. It is safe for people of all ages and ailments.

Cupping went mainstream after the 2016 Summer Olympics. During the Olympics, swimmer Michael Phelps had purple suction marks from cupping on his back. Phelps swears by cupping as a way to deal with soreness and pain during training and competition. People also use it for day-to-day pains like working at a desk for long hours, asthmas and sciatica.

The following conditions may also benefit from Cupping therapy:

  • Headaches/ migraines
  • Knee, shoulder and elbow pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Systemic Inflammation
  • Muscle injuries
  • Whiplash

Cupping can benefit overall health by removing toxins and stimulating the healthy flow of blood and energy, or qi, in the body. This can provide relief from a variety of conditions, including pain. In TCM, if the qi is not moving, there is pain. Stimulating the flow of blood and qi can decrease pain.