Crawley, West Sussex
A Sports massage is ideal to treat injuries and as well as a preventative treatment dealing with the health of muscle and connective tissue, range of movement, tone, symmetry, balance of muscle and quality of posture. It can be further defined as ‘the manipulation of soft tissue to release tension, reduce pain, restore range of movement and promote good condition’. This is achieved through a range of techniques, some of which are effective on some people, some of which are not. It is then down working with clients to find the right tools to unravel their current injury situation or assist them with their training program. Essentially the ‘manipulation of soft tissue’ means moving muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue around in a range of ways to achieve the desired effect.
Effects of the treatment
Immediately after a treatment you are likely to feel relaxed, calm and feeling better, physically and mentally and emotionally than when you arrived. Many people feel lighter and more energised after their session. You may also feel tired as the body can work quite hard physically and emotionally through a session without appearing to do so.
Everyone’s experience is different and you may find that on subsequent treatments you feel quite different according to the nature and depth of the treatment and how you feel on that day.
As practitioners, our backgrounds, training and working experiences do make our individual ways of working quite different. When you couple this with the varying shapes and sizes of clients, their own tolerance levels and their differing requirements, treatments can alter tremendously. This can include the standard ‘massage’ techniques, stroking through muscles groups or picking specific muscles out and creating movement within them in different directions or at varying depths and strengths. It could also be the isolation of a muscle or muscle groups and stretching them in any number of ways with client participation, passive/subtle movements along the muscle body or indeed deep into specific areas as deemed appropriate. Working into specific areas concentrating efforts to break down tensions or ‘adhesions’ may be required or separating the layers of connective tissue may be the key to remedy the situation in hand.
When looking at and treating the injury or symptoms, root causes are also carefully considered and this may lead the treatment into other areas around the body. Some of these areas may seem quite a strange to work on to begin with given the case scenario and therefore advising the client is always something that we try to achieve in the most simplistic,understandable way.
If there is pain or discomfort, loss of mobility or restriction of movement we, as soft tissue specialists, can treat and hopefully cure. If there is a sporting activity or a training schedule being followed regular treatments can enhance performance and an ongoing relationship with the practitioner can only make this even more effective. Similarly our everyday working lives and lifestyles create the same set of problems and these, in the same way, can also be treated successfully.
If you are diagnosed with any form of cancer and receiving chemotherapy/radiotherapy treatment we will require written consent from your GP/ Consultant prior to offering any Massage Treatment, other treatments may be available without consent please check with us. This is a requirement of our Insurance company.
MEET YOUR THERAPIST
Nick has been a full-time professional athlete for over 15 years and loved sport even before that. As a boy he played for Crystal Palace schoolboys and was a county judo player. He took up the pole vault at the age of 15 and by 22 he had broken the 14-year British pole vault record.
The following year Nick broke the indoor pole vault record that had stood for 17 years. Nick held 14-year records for both indoor and outdoor records at 5.81 metres He was the first British vaulter to jump over 19ft (5.80m) and holds the record for the best British performance at a World Championship (5th place at Athens in 1997).
Nick’s career has also taken him to three Commonwealth Games, where he achieved 4th place in both 2002 and 2006; three European Championships and five World Championships. Plus, he has been a double Olympian in 1996 and 2004 After fracturing his pelvis in the 1998 European Championships, Nick was impelled to take up sports massage Therapy and is now a qualified sports massage therapist.
He is also a Level 3 athletics coach, and a multi-skills and athletic coach for primary schools. He ‘relaxes’ by reading. materials on improving knowledge, fishing and just messing around with his children.
He Took triathlon up 3 years ago for fun and decided this year to train for an IRONMAN!!!
GRAHAM LINESBTEC Level 5 (Dip) MISRM, RFHP
My name is Graham Lines and I am a qualified soft tissue and foot health care therapist. I completed my practitioner’s diploma at the London College of Massage and am a full member of the Federation Of Holistic Therapists. I’ve also completed a BTEC Level 5 Clinical Sports & Remedial diploma at The School Of Natural Therapies and am a full member of The Institute of Sport & Remedial Massage. Since qualifying, I have included the option of taping and strapping plus the use of ultrasound to my therapies and in addition to seeing my individual clients.I’ve completed a First Aid course and in addition to my diplomas, furthered my development by qualifying as a Foot Health Care therapist and am a member of the Register Of Foot Care Practitioners.
I live in West Hoathly with my partner, Liz. We are both animal lovers and especially like the company of dogs walking the beautiful local countryside. I also enjoy playing tennis and the piano whenever possible.
I believe that my clients’ needs are of the utmost importance and am committed to meeting those needs with standards of the highest level. As a result, a high percentage of my business is from repeat customers and referrals.