Sports Massage focuses on the manipulation of the body’s soft tissues; this can include deep kneeding techniques and thumb pressures which literally ‘pick up and release’ the muscles, encouraging relaxation and stretching out of the individual muscle fibres.
With my background in classical dance, I find this unique training has provided me with excellent knowledge of the working human body. I also have first-hand experience in the management and treatment of soft-tissue injuries and can draw on a variety of ‘tools’ to help address musculoskeletal problems to help relieve muscle tension and spasm.
Deep tissue Sports massage differs from a regular holistic massage, in that it involves working on specific areas using thumb or knuckle pressures to encourage the release of a painful ‘knot’ or muscle tightness in the fibres.
More recently, after gaining a new qualification in ‘Integrated Myofascial Therapy’, I am able to use Myofascial Techniques to benefit your treatment further. This works by slowly stretching into the 3D fascia (connective tissue network of the body) encouraging it to elongate and restore normal function.
“I have to say: Your hands really are magic!! I’ve been out for a run and to Kickercise class without so much as a twinge from my knee!!” J.Lewis, Cardiff
“I have been seeing Nicola for over a year now. I started seeing her due to a slipped disc problem in my lower back which resulted in severe back pain. The massages have become an integral part of my rehabilitation programme due to the tremendous benefits I feel afterwards. Nicola has an extensive knowledge and understanding of the muscular structure of the human body and, combined with the information I provide about my symptoms, she is always able to locate the cause and remove the pain. The combined treatment of osteopathy and massages have contributed enormously to my quality of life. I can highly recommend Nicola’s services.” R.Karasuddhi, Hertfordshire