A deep tissue/sports massage is a deeper form of massage with oil, using strokes, kneading, friction massage, stretches and other soft tissue manipulation techniques. A sports massage can focus on a certain area of the body to treat a specific problem or injury, or it can be used as an overall body massage for relaxation and to alleviate post-exercise soreness.
The sports, deep tissue, and remedial massage and stretching techniques aim at a variety of effects including restoration of normal movement, normalisation of muscle tone through relaxation of tight or spasmed muscles, elongation of shortened muscles, breakdown of adhesions and post-trauma scar tissue, facilitation and speeding up of healing after musculoskeletal injuries, improvement of blood circulation and lymphatic flow, enhancement of metabolism, removal of lactic acid and other types of waste and bi-products from tissue, alleviation of pain and quickening of recovery after physical exercise.
Massage can also be used effectively as a method of injury prevention, not just in sporting activities – such as training for a marathon – but also with various posture and stress-related challenges of today’s working life.
During the visit the patient is encouraged to voice any questions or concerns they may have regarding the treatment. For example, the removal of some articles of clothing may be necessary for a massage to take place. Any such concerns will be addressed before the treatment. The aim is to ensure a professional, stress-free environment for both the patient and the therapist.
A typical first session includes a brief interview with the patient to establish the nature of the problem and to rule out possible contraindications to a massage treatment, followed by a clinical observation and assessment of not just the principal complaint but the entire body and posture to establish possible underlying causal connections. The patient’s medical history, working posture and habits and physical activity level are also taken into account to complete the assessment more comprehensively.
The consequent treatment can then encompass a range of techniques such as deep tissue and friction massage, stretching techniques, neuromuscular facilitation, muscle-energy technique, myofascial release and neural tissue manipulation. Depending on the nature of the problem, follow-up treatments may be required.
Upon conclusion of the initial session, the therapist and the patient will discuss the ensuing treatment plan in greater detail. The patient may also receive instructions with regard to home exercises, correct sitting and working postures, as well as the correct execution of movement when using various gym equipment.
Marvelous- my dance teacher says the only time she’s happy is the day after I’ve been ‘serviced’. Well, I know what she means, but it’s even better than that: my feet sing, every time! Thank you.- Kiran
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Having my feet done by Joseph is a great help and I feel a lot better since I’ve been coming here.- Doris
Always feel like I’m in experts’ hands. Thank you!- Claire
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Back pain gone, I had it for a long time, now finally I feel much better!- Roberto
Absolutely fantastic and staff are wonderful. I want to thank them all especially Natalie. New feet every time I leave the clinic.- Nancie
What bliss! I can walk comfortably again.- Barbara
Joseph always does a good job!- David
Thanks for a good job Joseph!- William
I had both great treatment from the physiotherapist and also the front desk/manager. Wonderful place, excellent people- made a difficult situation as easy as possible. Many thanks!!- Naomi
Joseph, the chiropodist, very good and great personality too.- Anne
First visit very good, be back again.- Eileen
Feeling better already. Thanks Ana.-Tamsin- Tamsin
No fault after 20 years plus. Reception very helpful and always have time for you. Treatment is very good and it works.- Alice
Works wonders, really good.- Jo and John
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I have been coming here for years and have always had very good service. Joseph is an excellent ‘foot man’ and I always feel like I’m walking on air after each session.- Jacqueline
Thank you Ana, great advice and very friendly.- Tom
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The lady (Ana) knows her stuff. Excellent.- Michael
A brilliant and extremely nice experience, thanks Adam.- Debra
I came here in November 2012 with my feet in a desperate condition; I had been prescribed totally inappropriate creams etc for a serious foot infection by my GP and was in some pain. Mercifully I was recommended by my sister to come here; in short Joseph gave me my life back- he managed the situation quite brilliantly, I cannot thank him enough. Thanks to Joseph I am now back to my daily “fix” of swimming in cold water at Parliament Hill Lido. Magical!- Mike
It’s been fabulous with Ana. She’s really helped me a lot. I was very lucky to be told about this place. It was recommended by a doctor friend who also came here. I’ve been telling everyone about Ana too.- Kim
Excellent massage and service. Recommended to all!- Sarah
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Lovely sessions with Ana and Joseph. They have made me pain-free once more and I am truly grateful for their excellent expertise.- Susan
Working on my feet all day has lead to some neglect, having a session at the clinic has given me a new pair of feet for the coming year. Thanks.- Henry
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Great service- I have been coming here for years.- Rachael
Still coming after 25 years.- Alice
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons) Osteopathy, MSc Sports Physiotherapy, MCSP, HCPC Registered, Physiotherapist
B.Physio, MCSP, MAACP, HCPC registered, Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons) Podiatry, MChS, HCPC Registered, Podiatrist
BSc (Hons) Pod. SRCH MChS HCPC Registered, Podiatrist
BSc in Health Sciences (Physiotherapy), CThA Registered, Sports Massage Therapist