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  • How are you different to a physiotherapist?
    I cannot diagnose any injuries or conditions. ​ What I can do is use massage techniques to release tension that might have caused an injury, or that might have resulted from an injury, and that might be preventing you from doing your physio rehab exercises comfortably. ​ I can also help you do your rehab in between your physio check-ups - checking you are doing your exercises correctly, whilst keeping the rest of your body strong and mobile, so that one injury doesn't lead to another!
  • How are you different to an osteopath?
    I cannot diagnose any injuries or conditions. ​ Many of the techniques I use will be similar to those used in osteopathy, including myofascial release and dry needling. However, I do not currently perform manipulations nor visceral manipulation. Clinical massage can support your osteopathy treatment by spending more time relieving soft tissue tension, so that your osteopathy treatment can focus on diagnostics and assessment as well as targeted manipulations. Also, not all osteopaths are trained in exercise prescription or technique, and many working in an osteopathy practice will not have the time or space to teach you to exercise correctly or supervise you, so I can help support your course of osteopathy with movement coaching, building on the advice and observations of your osteopath.
  • What is clinical massage?
    Clinical massage is a fusion of holistic and specific massage techniques, inspired by Eastern and Western approaches, developed to help treat chronic and acute pain. ​ Most treatments will include myofascial release (direct and/or indirect), Swedish massage techniques, trigger point therapy, acupressure, stretching (passive and/or active) and self-care advice. ​ Clinical massage is both relaxing and targeted. It can be used to treat acute injuries such as sports injuries, chronic pain such as lower back pain or arthritis, and can help manage symptoms of systemic conditions like fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis.
  • Can I exercise after having a massage?
    A lot depends on how your body responds to massage, and what sort of exercise you are doing.​ In general, I would avoid scheduling your massage within 2-3 days of any intense sessions or competitions - although, many people benefit from a short, light treatment pre-event. This won't be the time to be addressing any niggles or injuries though! If possible, dedicate the rest of your day post-treatment to absorbing the effects of treatment, and ideally plan a lower-intensity session for the day after. Those are great times to be working on the mobility and stretching, and anything else you never normally have time for!
  • Do I have to take my clothes off?
    Short answer: no! I can use many techniques that can be performed through clothing, so you can remain entirely clothed if you are more comfortable that way. I do recommend removing clothing if possible, as this will allow me to use the greatest range of techniques including myofascial release techniques. Usually, clients remove everything except their underwear, but I will always drape you carefully and only expose the area I am working on, with your consent. I will also leave the room before and after your treatment, in order to give you privacy while you undress and dress. Your safety and comfort are my greatest priority so if there is anything you are concerned about, please do not hesitate to contact me prior to booking or attending your appointment, or to raise it at any time during a treatment. *Please note that deliberately exposing yourself to your therapist is an offence and will result in your treatment being immediately terminated.
  • How are you different to a personal trainer?
    Typically, a personal trainer is someone who gets you to sweat and burn calories. A strength & conditioning coach delivers focussed sessions based on your specific longer-term needs, such as developing agility in a particular sport.​ A coach of any kind focusses on teaching you the theory behind a technique or method, rather than simply asking you to copy and repeat a movement or skill. I watch how you move and identify areas that aren't doing as much as they could, then I help you target that area and understand how you can activate it, so that it starts to happen even without me telling you.
  • Can you help me lose weight?
    Technically, yes. Maybe. Also, no. ​Over years of working with people and studying the science of nutrition and physical exercise, I believe that focussing on weight loss sets us up to fail. I believe that health and fitness are possible at every size, and the longer I spend in the fitness and wellbeing industry, the more passionate I am about the importance of enjoying being in our bodies - an approach totally at odds with driving a person's weight down at all costs. Over time, being comfortable in our bodies leads us to being more active - and being at peace in our minds leads us to make more mindful food choices - which can ultimately result in weight loss in the longer term. ​ There are plenty of trainers who specialise in rapid fat loss programmes, so if that is something you feel you need, you will be in better hands with them!
  • Why do you call it "movement" and not "training"?
    Not quite. I changed my terminology because I realised many of my clients weren't "training" towards a particular goal, nor did I believe they needed to. Most, if not all, of my clients, just came to move. Sport-specific training is important, and I enjoy delivering targeted sessions to help clients improve in their specific activities (which don't have to be sport; maybe we are working towards being able to perform at your best as a musician, or pick up your grandkids without pain). However, I love unscripted, improvisational, intuitive movement, and I believe we need it. It can be playful, it can be meditative, it can be exploratory; all attitudes we know are linked to lower stress levels and higher cognitive performance. It can have a profound effect on our emotional well-being, energy levels, as well as injury prevention. But it can't quite be called "training", because it's unstructured and non-specific. The word "movement" gives us room to play and explore, which is what the fitness and wellbeing industry so desperately needs more of.
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