What is soft tissue therapy?
Soft tissue therapy includes sport and remedial massage, assisted stretching techniques and hands-on manipulation of muscles and fascia. It is a therapeutic form of treatment that focuses on improving muscle function and encouraging correct posture.
The Institute of Sport and Remedial Massage defines a soft tissue therapist as follows: Soft Tissue Therapists can safely assess, treat, and rehabilitate acute or chronic minor soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue) conditions caused by injury, sport, lifestyle stress, or illness. As well as addressing the primary problem, they analyse a wide range of other contributing factors, enabling them to provide treatment and remedial/preventative exercise/lifestyle advice to help avert further injury, and improve physical and psychological wellbeing in the longer term.
What is fascial movement taping?
Fascial movement taping is a form of kinesiology taping. Stretchy fabric tape is applied to the skin based on the movement patterns that are causing problems, to help relieve pain and restore the range of motion. You might have had rigid taping before, where a non-stretchy tape is applied to the skin to restrict movement of a sore joint or muscle. Fascial movement taping is different, because the aim is to increase your range of movement, not to reduce it. We use RockTape, which is latex-free and comes in a range of fun colours (and some more discreet ones too!).
Does soft tissue therapy hurt?
As with any massage, soft tissue therapy can be quite soothing and relaxing. However, where there is tension in a muscle, it can feel sore when pressed on, which at worst should feel like an intense muscle stretch. We seek out and focus on these areas of tension so that we can release them, and the soreness reduces quite quickly once we start working on them. We work within your pain tolerance level, and because everyone is different, we check this with you regularly and adjust the techniques we use in order to ensure that you are comfortable. You shouldn't be in any pain at the end of a treatment - you should feel relaxed and supple.
Am I going to feel sore the day after?
After a deep treatment, you may feel as though your muscles have had a workout. They could feel a bit stiff for up to 48 hours. This depth of treatment would not be applied immediately before a competition, so please let us know if you have any important fixtures coming up.
I'm not sporty. Can soft tissue therapy help me?
Yes. Soft tissue therapy is for anyone with stiff and sore muscles. We often treat clients who are sore from sitting at a desk all day, who have slept awkwardly, or who have stiff muscles as a result of an accident.
I'm an athlete but I'm not injured. Can soft tissue therapy help me?
Yes. Maintenance treatment can address muscle tension and niggles before they cause injuries, as well as improving circulation and muscle flexibility.
Can children be treated?
Yes. Under-16s may be treated with the consent of both the minor and their parent/guardian. They must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Treatment is adjusted - as always - to the client's tolerance.
How many sessions will I need?
That is absolutely up to you. See how you feel after a treatment and then decide whether you would benefit from further treatment. Some people enjoy regular maintenance treatments, while others prefer a more intensive treatment only when they are injured.
Will I have to take my clothes off?
Some techniques, particularly massage, require direct access to the area being worked on. The rest of you will be covered with large towels at all times. Other techniques can be performed through clothing or through a towel. The treatment room is private and you may bring a chaperone if you like.
What should I wear?
Please bring a pair of shorts to change into, as this enables access to your legs and lower back while ensuring that you are well-covered. Female clients may prefer to wear a bra with a back closure, rather than a sport bra, as this can be easily unfastened and refastened while lying on their front.