Soft Tissue Therapy (Remedial and Sports massage)

What is Soft Tissue Therapy and how is it different to remedial or sports massage?

Soft Tissue Therapy is the term now used to describe Remedial and Sports Massage. The term reflects the fact that:

  • the practitioner will use a variety of techniques as well as massage in their treatments; and 
  • the treatments are not solely for sports people or sports injuries

Soft Tissue Therapy qualifications are usually at least a BTEC Level 4, usually level 5 and therefore the treatment you get will be clinical, technical and evidence based.

How do I work?

I strongly believe that any soft tissue therapy, sports or remedial massage does not need to leave you battered and bruised in order to be effective. Your body is so much more complex that a bag of pulleys and lever made up of muscle and bone and there is far more to you as a person than simply your body. So you need to be treated with more thought and less brute force.

I aim to increase your body's ability to handle the challenges you want to throw at it, whatever they may be, and getting you performing comfortably at your best. I have an all round approach taking into account your lifestyle, your activities, your aims and your body's unique idiosyncrasies (tension patterns, weaknesses, old injuries and "dysfunctions").

Working with your body rather than against it, I use a combination of deep tissue massage, soft tissue techniques, myofascial release, neuromuscular retraining and kinesio taping alongside an understanding of pain science to create a tailored treatment plan, including advice on stretching, rehabilitation exercises and training to reduce pain and improve function.

I also work with people who have scars, either from surgery or accidents. I have attended an introductory course on the ScarWork techniques devised by Sharon Wheeler and use a combination of those techniques and myofascial release to help improve the health and feel of scars, which clients find can reduce pain and improve movement.

I am a keen runner and have a BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Clinical Sports and Remedial Massage so your body will be in understanding, knowledgable hands.