Sports Massage & Deep Tissue Massage in Bristol, Nailsea and Backwell

Sports massage improves the condition of tissues, reducing muscle stiffness, pain and fatigue, increasing flexibility and range of movement.

Also reducing blood pressure, sports massage can remove metabolic waste products and increase the rate of healing and tissue repair.

Massage can affect your mental state, either stimulating alertness ready for activity or reducing anxiety, enhancing relaxation and providing feelings of well-being.

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For everyday-life.

Are you working on a computer all day and have tense shoulders, maybe a headache from time to time? Or do you have aches from gardening or picking up the children/shopping/washing? If so, a sports massage treatment can help to identify the problem and reduce the tension, which could improve your posture and movement.

A constant build-up of tension in the muscles from regular activity may lead to stresses on joints, ligaments and tendons, as well as the muscles themselves. These muscular imbalances often go undiagnosed until they are serious enough to cause discomfort or impede performance. Massage is a great preventative.

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Benefits of massage

Massage can:

  • reduce fatigue, stress and tension
  • help improve the quality of your sleep
  • soothe aching, tired and over-worked muscles, encouraging relaxation and repair
  • work out tension in the muscles, breaking down “knots” and enabling weak muscles to be stimulated
  • improve circulation and tissue elasticity by encouraging the flow of oxygenated blood, bringing nutrients to the area and removing waste products in the lymphatic system
  • reduce the effects of scar tissue
  • stretch the muscles, helping to elongate the muscle fibres
  • invigorate muscles prior to activity

A maintenance programme is recommended after any initial problems have been resolved, helping to keep them to a minimum and help prevent re-occurrence.

As well as sports massage, I offer relaxing massage, massage to help people with cancer, and scar tissue massage.

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The initial session

Your initial session will comprise of taking a short medical history, and a discussion of the signs and symptoms for which you are seeking help.

What shall I wear?

During the session you will be covered with a towel, which is removed only to allow access to the area of the body that is being worked on. Usually clients wear underwear and shorts.

The most important thing is that you feel comfortable, and your permission will always be sought before working on any areas of your body.

You will be actively encouraged to take part in your own treatment – including giving frequent feedback as to whether the techniques being used/areas being worked on feel helpful, relevant and not too painful.

Post-treatment care and advice

Firstly, take it easy. You have totally relaxed during your treatment and hopefully you are feeling much better. Try not to have too many things in your diary after leaving your treatment.

Drink plenty of still water. Massage stimulates the circulatory system which encourages blood flow – especially to the treated areas. This in turn stimulates the lymphatic system which removes all the waste materials and requires hydration.

Each one-hour session costs £45.

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About Julie

After taking a career break in 2007 after 12 years working in design and advertising, I retrained as a Sports Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer with Premier Training International.

I have been qualified in Swedish Massage for many years.

I am continually adding and updating my skills and since 2010, I have attended career development courses at the Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork.

I live in Bristol and can often be seen rushing about on my bicycle. I work in Bristol and the surrounding area.

I have been working at Birdwell Clinic since 2008.

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