Soft Tissue Therapy
Soft Tissue Therapy is manual therapy of the soft tissue structures in the body, such as the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia/ connective tissue. These structures can become painful, restrictive, and hypertonic due to factors such as; stress, postural dysfunction, injury, surgery, overtraining, or due to a medical condition. The main purpose of the therapy is to remedy the cause and/or relieve the symptoms of these minor, post acute and chronic musculoskeletal issues.
Soft tissue therapy encompasses sports and deep tissue massage as well as the massage strokes often associated with traditional Swedish massage; effleurage, petrissage, friction and percussion. It also uses neuromuscular technique, trigger point therapy, positional release, joint mobilisation, soft tissue release, muscle energy technique, and myofascial techniques.
There are no set routines, and each client receives a unique massage treatment determined by their individual needs and requests. In the case of injuries and ongoing issues; remedial exercises may be advised to improve postural control, strength and mobility.
I am certified and insured to practice Medical Acupuncture, also known as Dry Needling. This involves stimulation of myofascial trigger points by inserting sterile single use thin filiform needles into the muscle to elicit a twitch-relaxation response, and thereby relieving and reducing pain, tightness and hypertonicity.
What to expect on your first visit
Upon your first visit, there will be a short consultation. During this consultation we will discuss your needs and requirements from the treatment. You will fill out a short form that asks for details about your general health, and medical and injury history. The information you share will be used to determine whether it is safe and appropriate for me to proceed in treating you with massage and other soft tissue techniques. It will also help me to tailor the treatment to meet your specific needs. There are many medical conditions and injuries for which soft tissue therapy can be extremely beneficial. For other conditions or types of injury that you declare, it may be necessary for you to first check with your doctor that it is safe for you to be treated. You will be given the opportunity to ask any questions you may have or raise any concerns. Before the treatment can begin you will need to sign the consent form stating that you understand the nature of the treatment you are about receive and willingly agree to receive treatment. You can always request that any aspect of the treatment be stopped or changed at any time, and this request will be granted immediately.
If you are in doubt about whether you have a medical condition or situation with your health that could make massage and soft tissue therapy treatment unsuitable for you, please communicate this concern with me before booking.
Under 18’s need to have an adult chaperone present at all times during treatment, this should ideally be a parent or guardian. This needs to be communicated with me at the time of booking.
How long is a treatment session?
I currently offer treatments of 90, 60 and 45 minutes. Please keep in mind that the initial consultation takes up part of your treatment time, so I strongly advise booking a 90 or 60 minute session for your first treatment.
What to wear
Soft tissue therapy involves more than just massage techniques. Some of these can be applied through clothing. This means that you are welcome to wear whatever you are comfortable to be treated in. I may suggest removing certain items of clothing other than your underwear, in order to apply techniques that require skin contact. Your comfort, safety, and security are the most important thing, and the choice is always yours. Most people dress down (in private) to their underwear or small sports shorts, this enables me use all of the massage techniques I am trained to use. If you normally wear a bra, a traditional back fastening bra is preferable, as with your permission, it enables me to access the full surface of your back and then refasten the bra before asking you to change positions. Where possible I always use towels to cover up the parts of the body that are not being treated in that moment.
Where and When?
East London | MOVE Hackney, 140 Cambridge Heath Road, E1 5QJ
Saturdays 9.30am - 1.30pm
Monday - Friday 10am - 8.30pm
Treatments are additionally available at your home or place of work in Central, South, East or South East London (travel zones 1 - 3). Please enquire by telephone.