Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release

Myo - muscle and fascia surrounds, infuses and protects every tissue, tendon, muscle,
bone, ligament and organ of the body.
“Is it the muscle that is tight and restricted or the fascia surrounding the muscle which is prohibiting
the muscle to release?"
Myofascial release is a highly effective form of structural bodywork which seeks to create good function by undoing fascial restrictions which may have occurred from injury, inflammation, over time from poor postural habits or repetitive motion. Therapists work using slow, steady pressure with minimal oil or lotion, locking into the restricted tissue until release occurs. Myofascial therapists may use subtle or indirect work or deep and direct work, active or passive client movement. Myofascial release creates greater mobility and function, relieving pain, giving new freedom to movement and a sense of ease and space within the body. I have been fortunate to have studied with the worlds leading authorities on Fascia including Tom Myers, James Earls, Til Luchau, Robert Schleip, George Kousaleos and Noah Karrasch.

Sports Massage

Sports massage is not just for athletes, it can help anyone with injury or dysfunction. A sports massage session will involve techniques such as soft tissue release, neuromuscular and muscle energy techniques and PNF stretching.
For athletes sports massage can be pre and post event, enabling you to properly train for and prepare for an event and to recover from it afterwards.
Sports massage is historically focused on the area of injury; I will generally incorporate sports massage techniques and K-Tape in with my Myofascial work.
As a teenager I was champion BMX racer and played American Football (running back) for the Windsor Monarchs. I rowed at school and also studied Karate and Judo. As an adult I trained for many years under Shifu Shi Yanzi at the Shaolin Temple UK and represented them at national level (full contact). In the past I have trained Muay Thai (and taught yoga at) at the famous Tiger Muay Thai in Thailand. I have spent many years studying Thai Boxing at the world famous KO Gym in East London and also spent four years training in MMA at LondonShootfighters. I have spent two years power lifting and once I reached my goals with that switched to Olympic lifting so I know what it means to train and compete seriously a variety of sports and all the injuries that come with that!

Medical Acupuncture

Medical Acupuncture is the western approach to traditional acupuncture whereby needles are used to stimulate the nervous system and treat musculoskeletal and myofascial trigger point pain.

Excellent for stubborn knots which refuse to budge even after lots of soft tissue work, fantastic for joint pain especially in areas too small for manual manipulation. Medical acupuncture is something I use within my Myofascial/Sports Massage treatments so I may for example massage a clients back and then after needle an area which still seems constricted and then work on the legs whilst the needles do their thing. I have been trained to an advanced level by Osteon Manual Training (OMT) in London.

Kinesiology taping.

Kinesiology tape is the brightly coloured, flexible tape which you see many athletes wearing. K-taping has many applications and uses, I often use it to help consolidate my soft tissue work especially for postural issues as it can help to remind clients to continue to hold better alignment for up to seven days after a session. I also use it to enable people with injuries that have an event coming up to have enough support so that they can compete or to remind them that an area is delicate and not to overuse it. If you have poor posture, a sprained ankle or painful knee or long term niggling injury, come and see how Kinesio tape can help you. I only use RockTape which is the best that money can buy and trained with the excellent John Gibbons at Oxford University.

Spinal Manipulation
I trained in grade 5 HVT (high velocity thrust) spinal manipulations with Sports Osteopath John Gibbons at Oxford University. This is the 'cracking' that Osteopaths or Chirpractors do and I add this to my myofascial treatments where appropriate.