Sports & Remedial Massage

Jane Haddow

What is Sports & Remedial Massage?

Sports and Remedial Massage involves manipulating muscles, ligament and tendons to bring about a therapeutic change. It is considered one of the more effective treatments for many conditions, the most common being lower back pain. We can successfully treat lower back pain allowing for improved function, as well as many other complaints.

Regular Remedial and Sports Massage can help with symptoms and conditions such as:

  • Neck pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Headaches
  • Joint and muscular pain
  • Knee pain
  • Calf strains
  • Hamstring strain
  • Chronic pain
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Hip pain
  • Shin splints
  • Repetitive Strain
  • Poor circulation
  • Sports Injuries
  • Ankle Pain

Sports & remedial massage is manual therapy which is suitable for everyone whether active or inactive. Here at Happy Being each treatment is individually tailored to offer you a way to better health and well being. For more active people and those in training for sport, massage helps improve your physical performance. It aids recovery from injuries such as strains and sprains and helps you prepare for upcoming events and recuperate successfully after events. Remedial massage benefits those who have stress and soreness from busy, daily, repetitive activities particularly benefiting those working in an office environment who sit in the same position for long periods of time.

Sports & remedial massage restores movement and mobility around joints, revitalises aching, tired limbs and releases tension in the lower to upper back resulting in a body at ease. Massage is based on the philosophy that direct techniques can reduce pain, enhance healing and restore and/or maintain optimum muscle function. A wonderful way to become a happier being.

A full consultation is carried out to ensure the massage is personalised to you as an individual. This also means that all areas of tightness are identified and can be effectively treated. At Happy Being, you will be treated by professional and friendly therapists who will put you at ease the moment you walk through the door. We will listen to what you expect to get out of the treatment and aim to meet this as much as possible. You can also expect clear communication between yourself and the therapist.

Sports & Remedial Massage Techniques

The techniques used at Happy Being will be tailored to you, your activities, symptoms and preferences.

Your treatment at Happy Being may include

  • Deep tissue massage
  • Stretching (MET)
  • Trigger pointing
  • Soft tissue release (STR)
  • Neuromuscular technique (NMT)

At Happy Being we strongly encourage body awareness and self treatment by teaching stretching techniques that can be used at home between sessions and if necessary help you change habits that are causing muscular distress. This maximises the effect of the treatment making it more worthwhile for your body and more cost effective.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there anything I need to bring to the treatment?
There is no need to bring anything with you although you may want to bring shorts if you have them.

How many sessions will I need and how frequently?
If there is a specific problem on average three to four sessions are needed every week or two weeks then a treatment once a month or every six weeks for preventative care.

Is there anything I should avoid doing before or after the massage?
It is advisable not to eat two hours before a treatment and not to drink alcohol immediately before or after the massage. Make sure you drink plenty of water after your treatment.

Is it ok to exercise after a massage?
Active rest is needed which means avoiding strenuous activity for 24hrs after a massage but at the same time do not sit in one position either for long periods of time. Its best to move around, this gives your body time to relax and recover.


Therapists

Jane Haddow

Massage Therapist & Pilates teacher

Edinburgh based massage therapist, Jane Haddow qualified from the London School of Sports Massage in 2004 and has built up over the years a successful and busy practice in the heart of the West End. In 2009 Jane qualified with a certificate in Mat Pilates, Teaching Level 3 CYQ (Central YMCA Qualifications) and teaches small, friendly classes from beginners to advanced and many of her class members have been coming along to for more than five years.