Massage – the “feel-good” foundation.

January 25th, 2019 by Phil Brown

My initial training was at the London School of Sports Massage. There, I learned to use my hands – my whole body really – to improve the well being of the people I worked with. That training remains, 10 years on, the strong foundation of how I work in my clinic today.

Massage forms the basis of all of my treatment sessions; whether there is a lot of time spent with it or a little; it is the therapeutic tool that provides the environment for promoting well being and recovery from injury.

What makes massage such an effective basis for manual therapy? In the simplest terms I can think of right now, massage makes us feel really good and feeling really good is a powerful ground for recovery from injury and for general well being.

Even if you are not currently nursing an injury or struggling with some kind of chronic pain pattern, book in for a deep massage. If the therapist knows their stuff, you won’t leave feeling the same way you did when you arrived. A good massage session can make you remember what it feels like to feel better, to feel good. Then, you can take that feeling out into your daily life. Massage can be a deeply relaxing experience. Hands-on work on the body can have a direct and profound effect on the nervous system. As muscles are worked and relax, breathing can relax to into its more natural rhythm. Blood pressure can lower and the mind slows down from its usual constant chatter. All of these effects are healthful, beneficial.

There are times when the effects above are the central reason for a treatment session. A sense of well being is restored as the body is relaxed and enlivened by deep tissue massage. When the client gets up and moves, they often feel of lighter and freer in their movement. When the body is relaxed and moving more naturally, the mind and emotions are also affected positively and some balance is restored where before there may have been tension and stress holding sway.

Often, I have worked with patients who have injured a joint or area of the body through overuse or accident in sport or training. Here, massage and soft tissue manipulation techniques can be very effective in restoring range of motion quickly to a stiff and sore joint. If the level of pain free movement can be restored initially by sports massage techniques, this is a very hopeful sign that rehabilitation will be successful and that the injury is not too serious. Using massage in this way is a great indicator of the likelihood of recovery through movement and exercise. Obviously this gives great encouragement to the patient and they are more likely to engage positively with their exercise programme of rehabilitation.

In both types of treatment – massage for overall well being and massage as part of a treatment plan and programme for rehabilitation – massage brings the very definite effect of making us feel better, feel good. To feel relaxed and calm is a wonderful feeling. To feel increased freedom in the body can be a relieving and liberating feeling. The massage techniques that I was trained in 10 years ago achieve these feelings in the people I work with. That is why they are such a powerful ground for the therapeutic and rehabilitative work I do.

Soft tissue therapy and joint mobilising clinic at Ogwen Mountain Rescue Base

April 10th, 2011 by Phil Brown

Phil Brown will be holding a clinic at base for members of the Ogwen Mountain Rescue Team on Saturday April 30th from 10.30 – 15.30.

Members of the team who need a bit of MOT or are needing treatment for injury or advice on training can spend some time working with Phil and benefiting from a mixture of deep tissue massage and myofascial release.

These clinics have been a semi regular event at the team base just opposite the mountain of Tryfan in Snowdonia. Phil started working with the team following his involvement in the yearly Oggie 8 challenge providing sports and remedial massage for the brave competitors.

Phil will be providing treatment and advice on keeping joints free and using soft tissue techniques to decompress and free up movement in rusty hips, ankles, knees and shoulders!

if you are a member of the team you can jump onto the event calendar and add your name to the list. See you on the 30th.



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