We offer several different types of massage therapy in Southend at The Body Matters. Massage treatments are available from our clinic based in Leigh-on-Sea. Home visits are also available.
We believe we work in a different way to other massage therapists, we treat the cause and not just the symptom. Providing self help advice to reduce the risk of aches and pains reoccurring. Click on a massage therapy below to learn more.
Please contact us to discuss which massage treatment is best for you.
Home visits are available at an extra cost of ONLY £10.
The aim of sports massage is to ensure that, whatever the individual sport or activity, the body is raised to and maintained at the peak of its performance. This form of massage therapy manipulates and stretches muscles and connective tissues, using specialised techniques that enhance movement and can increase range of motion. It is often used before, during and after sports events to:
- Relieve muscular tension and tightness
- Promote healing after an injury
- Reduce swelling
- Alleviate fatigue
- Promote flexibility and mobility
- Aid in the prevention of injuries
- Encourage confidence, a great way to prepare for competitions
- Regular massage will prevent musculoskeletal imbalances which can contribute to poor performance, changes in strength/power and reflex actions, muscle wasting or discomfort and pain
However, you don’t have to be participating in regular sport to reap the benefits of a sports massage. It can help people from all walks of life who suffer from muscle tension, stress and fatigue. This type of massage can be used for everyone with different levels of stresses and strains on the body; caused by digging in the gardening, lifting heavy bags, sitting at a computer all day, carrying babies, or individuals whose muscles are tight or have a restricted range of joint movement caused by inactivity or injury.
Dancing can also cause different stresses on the body, from neck, arms and shoulders to lower back and the legs.
Deep Tissue Massage
We use Deep Tissue Massage techniques when clients are experiencing chronic muscle tension or have an injury, sports related or not. Deep Tissue Massage works to break down adhesions to relieve pain, to help improve mobility and movement. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain and inflammation and can be found in muscles, tendons and ligaments.
This type of massage is ideal if you are experiencing:
- Lower back pain
- Chronic pain
- Limited mobility
- Postural problems
- Repetitive strain injury (such as Carpel Tunnel Syndrome)
- Piriformis syndrome
- Muscle tension
Medical & Orthopaedic Massage
Medical and Orthopaedic Massage is performed by a therapist who has been specifically trained to treat medical conditions.
Both medical massage and orthopaedic massage are a type of treatment made up of a variety of soft tissue manipulative techniques. Despite the difference in techniques there are several underlying principles that are essential to any treatment.
Assessment and evaluation of the complaint is important in order to determine if massage is appropriate, and what kind of massage, if any, should be done. When working with soft tissue pain and injury the practitioner should have prior knowledge of, or be able to diagnose, the nature of the condition and understand the physiology.
The aim of this treatment is to release soft tissue tension to keep the client fit and healthy. When working in this manner it is important that the therapist has prior knowledge, or be able to diagnose the nature of the condition and understand the physiology so that the appropriate treatment is applied.
Deeper massage techniques and trigger point release provide a more intense massage treatment than that offered with relaxation massage. Remedial massage is often applied to help alleviate pain and discomfort in joints, including hands and wrists, elbow, neck, shoulders and back. It can also be used to help symptoms of rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.
Do you do any of the following? If so, you would benefit from a remedial massage to alleviate the potential muscle imbalance;
- Spend long hours each day sitting behind a wheel of a car or at a desk
- Carry a bag over one shoulder
- Spend long hours on the telephone with the handset perched on your shoulder;
- Slouch in your chair watching TV
- Wear high heels
This versatile therapy invigorates the mind and body, causing it to 'wake up', and become refreshed. It can also be very relaxing, and is a perfect way to loosen off tense muscles and unwind. Therapeutic massage is widely acknowledged as helping to reduce stress and tension and promote feelings of well-being. It can help increase circulation, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and promote better sleep, thus reducing the likelihood of insomnia.
Individuals who suffer from stress would almost immediately feel the benefit from this type of massage. We all suffer from various levels of stress at some time in our lives, invariably we have no idea how much stress can affect our body. Emotional stress often translates to tight muscles and postural problems. Persistent stress can also lead to weakness and problems in other body systems, often resulting in some form of illness.
Anyone who endured even a short period of bed rest due to illness may be left feeling fatigued, muscles may have weakened or become stiff. A therapeutic massage will aid recovery by improving the blood flow around the body, thus allowing an increased flow of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles.
Massage in Pregnancy
The changes in a woman’s body during pregnancy can cause her to experience both physical and psychological stress. The added weight a woman carries puts strain on the entire body, with areas such as the lower back, area between the shoulder blades, neck, legs and feet getting a lot of extra strain and pressure. This can be exacerbated by worries about the baby’s health, as can difficulty in getting to sleep.
During pregnancy, as at other times, a massage can be a real treat. It’s relaxing and helps to take the mind off the worries of the day. A pregnancy pillow allows the mum-to-be to safely lie face down.
Jennie Chew qualified in 2003 with an 'Advanced Certificate in Massage in Pregnancy' with The Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy.
Alison Bartram holds a 'Practitioner Certificate in Pregnancy Massage' recognised by The Guild of Holistic therapists &CThA (Embody).
Keeley Beech is a qualified teacher of 'Pregnancy Massage' and holds a 'Practitioner Certificate in Pregnancy Massage' recognised by The Guild of Holistic therapists &CThA (Embody).
Trigger Point Therapy / Trigger Point Dry Needling
A Trigger Point is a hyper irritable spot located in a taught band of skeletal muscle or Fascia A hyper irritable trigger point will produce local pain and sometimes pain in a referred pattern, which is distant from the Trigger Point.
Common issues from Trigger Points are headaches, jaw pain, sciatica and lower back pain.
Soft Tissue Therapy (STT) / Myofascial Release (MFR)
Soft tissue therapy (STT) is the assessment, treatment and management of soft tissue injury and pain. Myo’ means muscle and ‘fascia’ means band. Fascia is a connective tissue; a living matrix throughout the whole body which supports and protects every tissue, muscle, tendon, ligament, bone and organ of the body. Under healthy conditions the fascial system is relaxed, and provides cushioning and support, to allow us to move without restriction and pain.
Research has proven that fascia, like muscle has the ability to contract and relax and plays a major role in the mobility and stability of joints. However following all physical and emotional trauma the fascia can scar and harden which can result in decreased mobility, discomfort and pain. The injury ‘binds’ the fascia creating a pull throughout the body. The fascia will hold onto this trauma until it is released.
The treatment uses gentle pressure to release the trauma to allow the fascial matrix to reorganise, heal itself, enabling it to restore balance within the body. The treatment promotes the philosophy that the mind and body work together to maintain health, effectively supporting the understanding tha the mind and body are one and the same. It is an ideal treatment for clients equally for clients experiencing chronic pain or are injured: it is also excellent if you have postural issues.
Indian Head Massage
Indian head massage is a fantastic treatment for stress and tension, which will leave you feeling revitalised and re-energised. It promotes a calm mind and stress free body, excellent for maintaining optimum health.
This type of massage is a gentle relaxing massage using natural essential oils to help balance mind, body and spirit.
All Aromatherapy massages at The Body Matters use oil that is blended specifically for each individual client. The oil is applied via the massage so it is adsorbed by the skin and inhaled through your breathing.
Aromatherapy can help with many conditions on an emotional and physical level, which will help improve your general wellbeing.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a very light massage that is very effective for those suffering from Lymphoedema or a general oedema, lack of energy, or a sluggish immune system.
A sluggish immune system can also be a result of:
- Cancer, resulting in the blockage of the lymph system
- An infection that has reduced the lymph function
- Venous insufficiency
Manual lymphatic drainage can be an extremely effect treatment for:
- Post-surgical swelling
- Post Traumatic oedema such as Sports Injuries
- Migraine headaches
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Manual lymphatic drainage is a profound technique where specific techniques are used to aid the lymph flow within the body. When the lymphatic system becomes blocked, it can cause stagnation and retention of fluid, which can create problems for the entire body system.
Regular applications of lymphatic drainage, whilst healing, can also help enhance with tissue regeneration and support the immune system by keeping the tissue as healthy as possible.
MLD is extremely pleasant, rhythmical and relaxing with no side effects. It can also help relieve stress and tension as it has a calming effect on the nervous system.
Specialist training is required for practitioners who administer Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), also known as Medical Lymphatic Drainage. Our practitioner Jennie Chew has completed the course and is also trained in FG-MLD, a new treatment for lymphoedema.
Jennie Chew is recognised by MLD UK, which is the Professional Association of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Practitioners UK. (www.mlduk.org.uk)