At Muscleworks I use a variety of advanced sports massage techniques to ease my client’s muscular aches and pains. After all, I’ve been in pain and I know how miserable it is, and how it can affect every aspect of your life. Although I’m a sports massage therapist, you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from what I do - my specialist techniques can be adapted to suit both young and old, physically fit or less active. I see my role as helping you get back to feeling like you used to - and better, if I have anything to do with it! So if you’re battling with a muscular or joint issue - let me help you. Book an appointment today and together, we’ll work towards getting you feeling great again. I know it can be hard to find time for you, so my treatment room is open to 8.30pm three evenings per week - we’ll be able to find a time that suits you! You can ring me on 07545 986 890 to book in or click the online booking section to select the time that suits you.
FIRST APPOINTMENT £30
At your first appointment we will discuss your needs and expectations and work out a plan to get you back to feeling great again. We'll chat about your medical history and I'll also assess your posture and how well your joints move (if necessary) - this can often produce surprising results and can really help me narrow down the cause of your issues. We'll then start your treatment using a variety of advanced sports massage techniques so that you can start feeling better with less pain. Book your first appointment now
FOLLOW UP APPOINTMENTS £30
Already had your first appointment and assessment?. Then this is the next step for you. During this appointment we will assess your progress and improvement and from here we will use the appropriate sports massage techniques to help you reach your goals of feeling better with less pain. This appointment will last up to an hour with 40-50 minutes of hands on sports massage treatment and a reassessment at the end. After the treatment we will discuss your aftercare advice and if you should book again or if we are both happy with the outcome we may decide to leave it here for the mean time. Book a follow up appointment now.
09.30 to 20.30 Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
09.30 to 16.00 Tuesday and Friday
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I don’t go to the gym/run/do sports…
This doesn’t matter. If you have any muscular aches, pains or niggles in your body, you will still benefit from a sports massage. Lots of people spend hours every day sat at a desk, which brings with it a whole host of problems that a sports massage can help with. I can also advise you on posture to help prevent these problem reoccurring. Every day activities such as carrying a baby on one hip, lifting laundry baskets around, or long hours spent driving, all bring problems and imbalances that sports massage can help relieve.
What should you wear?
Depending on the area of your body to be worked on I would suggest to wear lightweight, flexible clothing that can be removed if necessary, during the treatment. Shorts are ideal to wear if we will be working on your legs and females are asked to wear a back-fastening bra so that the upper back and shoulders are easily accessed if this area is the focus of the session, sports bras can be awkward in this situation as they restrict access to the middle back. Wear loose, comfortable clothing that makes it easier to access the muscles to be worked on. Body parts such as the glutes are worked on through clothing for your comfort and this is just as effective.
How will I feel the next day?
You may feel a bit achy or stiff the next day, much like the day after a strenuous exercise session, but I can advise you on stretches to help relieve this. A nice relaxing bath or shower can be very beneficial. It varies person to person. Some people feel no effects and some people a bit tender or achy.
Can I train the same day as a treatment?
It is ok to train before a sports massage, but I would highly recommended that you don’t train for 24 hours afterwards. Your body needs time to recover to fully feel the benefits of the massage. This is excluding when receiving a specific pre-event massage, which is designed to be used right before a sporting event.
If you want a massage after particularly strenuous physical activity, this will be a post-event massage. Post-event massage uses slower and lighter techniques than a usual treatment as your body needs to recover and too much stress on it will overload your central nervous system and not create the desired results.
WHAT IS SPORTS MASSAGE AND WHAT TECHNIQUES WILL BE USED?
Sports massage is not just for people who are active or involved in sports. Many of my clients use sports massage to relieve work related aches and pains, anyone can benefit from a sports massage including those in physically demanding jobs or people whose job gives them repetitive strain type aches and pains. If you stand a lot, drive for long periods of time or spend long periods of time hunched over a desk then sports massage therapy can help you. Postural stress on the body can produce many similarly characteristics to sports injuries.
The main purpose of sports massage is to help alleviate the stress and tension that builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur due to overuse or overexertion, sports massage can help break them down, offering relief and aiding recovery. Above all, it can help prevent those little niggles from turning into injuries in the first place, which can interfere with your training and everyday life.
What can you expect from a visit to Muscleworks sports massage therapy Bangor?
What type of treatment techniques will be used and why?
Each session is tailored to meet your individual needs with the aim of getting you free off pain and and feeling great again. I am qualified in sports massage and peripheral manipulation. I will use deep tissue and advanced sports massage techniques including Soft Tissue Release, Muscle Energy Techniques, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point therapy and Peripheral Manipulation.
What is soft tissue release?
Soft tissue release is an advanced sports massage technique that is used to assess, manage and stretch the soft tissue in the body, such as the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia. This massage technique can often facilitate faster healing after an injury.
What are muscle energy techniques?
MET are a type of manual therapy technique used to lengthen, strengthen and improve the range of movement of muscles. To perform this technique, I will resist the desired muscle while you contract it and push against my force. This contraction is held for about 5-10 seconds and the process is repeated several times with a short rest in between.
What is myofascial release?
Myofascial release is a combination of light stretching and massage to release muscle tension and break up scar tissue. I will apply moderate traction and twisting techniques in combination with gentle stretching in order to achieve this. Each stretch and massage technique can last for several minutes and be performed several times until the muscle is completely relaxed.
What is trigger point therapy?
Trigger point therapy is a neuromuscular therapy designed to speed up recovery from injury, correct muscular imbalances and relieve pain. This is performed by stretching the muscle and then applying pressure to areas of muscle tightness or ‘knots. This helps to relive muscle tension and promote healing.
What is Peripheral Manipulation?
Peripheral Manipulation is a mobilisation technique used to improve range of motion and reduce pain in joints. It is a manual therapy technique used by osteopaths and manual therapists.
Sports massage therapy is an excellent treatment to relieve any aches and pains caused by a strenuous lifestyle or any work-related issues.
Benefits of sports massage
Sports massage can be beneficial both physically and psychologically. Benefits include, but are not limited to:
Increased joint range of motion
Increased sense of well-being
Decreased muscles tension
Decreased muscles spasms
Decreased chance of injury
Decreased recover time between workouts
Relief from pain