It is my belief that every aspect of a person; body, mind and spirit can benefit from receiving Advanced Clinical & Sports Massage Therapy.
My mission as a Clinical & Sports Therapist is to treat every individual according to their specific needs. Each session is customized to meet those needs by integrating various massage treatments and specific techniques (such as; Myofascial Release, Swedish Massage, Clinical Therapy, Soft Tissue manipulation, MET or PNF Stretching) into each session.
I am committed to my personal development and continuing education as a Clinical and Sports Therapist and working together with my clients to promote their health, in this process.
Who I Work with and How I Help You:
Our work is with both men and women covering both preventative and remedial massage therapies.
Preventative massage assists you in maintaining a healthy body and mind.
Remedial therapy is to help you recover from fatigued, tense, painful or damage muscles, release stress from your body and mind and assist you to recover from injuries.
I Specialise With:
Back, Neck & Shoulders problems, Sports Injuries, Jaw problems (jaw tensions or pain, teeth clenching or grinding), TMJ Dysfunction
1. Advanced Clinical/ Remedial Massage Therapy
Clinical Massage Therapy, also called a Remedial Massage uses a variety of soft tissue techniques to identify the problem and stimulate body healing. It contains a combination of bodywork techniques, fascial release, work along trigger points patterns, muscle mobilisation and PNF stretching.
It can be used during therapeutic treatments to treat medical conditions, muscular pain and injuries, chronic pain and increase the recovery in rehabilitation process.
Clinical Massage Therapy in a bigger picture can be a preventative therapy and is part of building a great foundation for a conditioning maintenance program.
Benefits: Decrease level of pain, release muscular tensions, improve circulation, enhance lymphatic drainage, increase range of movement and mobility, enhance the healing process, balancing the body and muscles, improving posture, speed-up recovery in rehabilitation.
Common Conditions Treated:
– low back pain
– hip problems
– ankle or knee pain
– migraines and headaches
– neck stiffness
– rotator cuff injury
– shoulder pain
– carpal tunnel syndrome
2. Sports Massage Therapy
The main purpose of Sports Massage Therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. It also enhances muscles repair, pain relief, preventing injury and maintaining physical health.
Sports Massage Therapy uses a combination of soft tissue techniques to release muscular and myofascial tensions and mobilises and manipulate muscles and joints. In some cases we apply Kinesio Tape to support the joints or muscles to speed up the recovery.
Sports Massage Therapy will help you to drain away fatigue, improve circulation, reduce swelling, enhance lymphatic drainage to help remove lactic acid, relieve muscle tension, promote flexibility, prevent injuries and in the case of sports people assisting them to achieve peak performance.
Common injuries treated: Hamstring or quads strain, ankle ligament sprain, twisted knee, rotator cuff injury, tennis / golfers elbow.
3. Swedish Massage
Swedish Massage is one of the most popular massage for treating general muscle tension and stress release. It can be used as a form of a relaxing massage. Rather than working on specific areas or “knots”, this type of treatment focuses on the whole body and often includes head, face, hands and feet massage.
Benefits: helps with headaches and migraines, depression, poor circulation, stress or anxiety, minimising general tensions, increases relaxation, improves quality of sleep, rebalances the entire body.
4. Specific Treatments:
MET (Muscle Energy Techniques) and PNF stretching
MET (Muscle Energy Techniques) are a type of manual therapy techniques used to lengthen, strengthen and improve the range of movement of muscles.
MET can be used by healthy individuals to maintain muscle flexibility and to prevent injury. This can be beneficial for sporting activities to improve the body’s ability to perform.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) stretching. This method relies on reflexes to produce deeper stretches that increase flexibility. Using these principles your therapist aims to help muscular strengthening, stability, neuromuscular control, as well as mobility and coordination.
PNF stretching is an extremely effective, time-efficient way to implement mobility training after your workouts and an effective way of using reflexes to assist muscular relaxation.
Benefits of MET and PNF Stretching :
Restoring normal tone in hypertonic muscles
Strengthen weak muscles
Increase recovery from muscle damage as part of the treatment
Preparing muscle for subsequent stretching
Improve joint mobility
Increase range of movement
Advanced Clinical Therapy for Jaw pain, TMJ Dysfunction and Headaches.
TMJ dysfunction is the name for a group of symptoms that involve the temporomandibular joints.
If you experience a jaw pain, muscle bracing, clenching or grinding teeth, jaw popping, limited jaw movement, ringing in the ears, dizziness, headaches, tense face muscles or pain and limited range of motion in the neck and shoulders – this treatment may help you relief these symptoms.
Clinical Massage Therapy can relieve myofascial pain by releasing muscle tensions and stretching contracted fascia of the muscles that control the jaw, neck and shoulders.
By targeting specific muscles and Trigger Points – pain is relieved; headache strength and frequency are often reduced. Range of motion in the jaw, neck and shoulders improves, allowing a return to a more natural posture. Clinical Massage Therapy for TMJ dysfunction can also be a powerful support to your dental treatment.
you might sleep better
be more alert and productive at work
decrease stress level
tensions and pain relief
stop clenching or grinding your teeth
generally be more happier and more energetic
All treatments are available to our members and non-member clients. I look forward to helping you.
“I saw Joanna for my general tightness and soreness; back ache and other underlying pain. On my first visit, I was nervous as I always am with a new therapist because so many of them (90%) are a waste of time. After that first session, when I realised how good she is at what she does and how caring she is as well, and so professional at the same time. I always looked forward to every session, and wished – and still wish – I could see her more often. I have to admit it was one of the best experiences of my life. Joanna has unique approach to the human body and always looking beyond that. She did stretched me in some new ways, and shown me different stretches, that target my problem areas which made a big difference to me. I have learned a lot from her and feel I have a deeper / different understanding and appreciation of many things and she push me to do new things that are good for me.” Mike
“I saw Joanna as I was suffering with pain and tension in my jaw, neck & shoulders. This was due to clenching teeth during sleep, a dental brace and a few to many press ups! The treatment I received was very beneficial and was amazed that massaging the inside of the mouth and around the jaw area could relieve my symptoms so much.” – Kate B.
“Jo I just wanted to thank you for finding time for me today. You`re always so positive at making the effort when I`m under the pressure and I cannot thank you enough. You really make the world of difference and after years of different therapists your ability and knowledge far out ways so many. You really changed my life and undoubtedly so many others and hope you know what a difference you make. Always kind, knowledgeable and friendly despite your work load. Thank you!” – Vanessa, busy Mum
“I have seen Joanna for my regular massage treatments for over 7 years now. She is so good at what she does. Her knowledge of the body, her understanding of the causes of the pain, and her ability to hone right in on the problem is unique.
No – one I have seen before or since – massage therapist or physio – can do what she can… . She is the only one who has pushed so deep into my hips and released my back by doing so. That is just about the sorest part of me with the running.
Her ability is about more than just the work she does on the muscles – there is something else going with her massages that I think comes from her heart with all commitment, dedication and passion. I cannot find anyone who does that”.- Michael, Company Director”
“I have had the pleasure of receiving massage treatments from Joanna for the last 5 years. She brings to this a sophisticated array of talents. She cares about what she does; she is insightful about the body. She motivates me to exercise and practice.
She has an intuitive sense about what the body needs, and uses that to propose exercises. I can highly recommend her.”- Paul. Business Consultant
“I suffered a lot of rotational problems with my shoulder it wasn’t anything that stopped me working out but I needed to improve the movement the physio only helped me so much but I found that the dead tissue was still stopping me moving in certain plans. I gave Joanna a brief description and let her work out where the problems where after she explained the areas that’s was tight and stopping me we worked on a weekly basis and I saw great improvement, my back wasn`t stiffening up and I had a greater range from my chest press and the weight resting on my shoulder without any pain. I have seen great improvement but what matter the most for me was she told me areas and muscles just by feeling that was causing problems the knowledge and help I received is why I see her each week.” – Jason. PT