Massage Therapies in Southend-on-Sea & Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

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Massage Therapies

We offer several different types of massage therapies in Southend at The Body Matters. Massage treatments are available from our clinic based in Leigh-on-Sea. Home visits are also available.

Massage Therapies

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.

Sports Massage

Why Choose Sports Massage?

Sports Massage is a form of massage that involves the manipulation of soft tissue (skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia). Sports Massage is sometimes also known as a ‘’Deep Tissue’’ massage, "Manual Therapy" or "Body Work".

Sports Massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in the soft tissue that can be caused by repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma. Specialised techniques are used to enhance movement and increase the range of motion.   

Sports Massage was originally developed with Athletes in mind, to keep them at their peak performance. During and after exercise, the body’s systems adapt to cope with the increased stresses placed on them. Manipulation of soft tissue pre and post-exercise can promote physical, physiological, neurological and psychological changes that will aid performance and recovery.

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.

Sports Massage and Stress

The benefits of bodywork, with the use of Sports Massage are immense.  We live in a fast paced world; massage can be powerful ally to incorporate in a healthcare regime.

Muscle tension or pain can be linked to what is going on around us that may be causing us to feel stressed.  The aim of the treatment is to target those areas that you are holding onto, to help reduce the stress you are experiencing.  Appropriate techniques and advice may be given, in the form of stretches to help with your wellbeing.

Massage can help manage stress:

  • Decrease anxiety
  • Improve sleep
  • Greater energy
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased circulation
  • Reduce fatigue 

Sports Massage in Southend at The Body Matters

Do I need to be a sports person to have a Sports Massage?   

Put simply the answer is ‘No’. Everyone has the potential to benefit from a Sports Massage, especially someone who engages in physical activity, irrespective of age.

How many sessions will I need?

It depends, at The Body Matters, we will not sign you up for a specific number of sessions, everyone is different, we all heal at different rates and of course, it depends on the reason why you have booked for a treatment.  

Our aim is always to get you pain-free, or injury free as soon as possible. Sometimes, all you need is one session; however, you may need more than one. If you engage in regular physical activity it might be advisable to have regular (possibly monthly) treatments for you to reap the long-term benefits from massage. Regular self-care can help immensely in your wellbeing and health. 
What are the benefits of Sports Massage?

  • Relieve muscular tension and tightness (weak, tight or atrophied muscles)
  • 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

What is the difference between using a Foam Roller and Sports Massage?

Foam Rolling is sometimes known as myofascial release (MFR), or self MFR, or self-massage or Self-administered myofascial release (SMR.)  More details on MFR are here.  The purpose of foam rollering is to eliminate scar tissue and soft tissue adhesion by rolling (literally) on a roller, the pressure is created from your body weight.   Clearly there is a place for using a foam roller but it clearly would not replace to skill and expertise of a qualified professional Sports Massage therapist.

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Call 01702 714968 for more information about sports massage in Southend-on-Sea. Home visits are available at an extra cost of ONLY £10. 

Deep Tissue Massage

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
  • Sciatica
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Muscle tension

Remedial Massage

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

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Call 01702 714968 for more information about deep tissue massage in Southend-on-Sea. Home visits are available at an extra cost of ONLY £10. 

Orthopaedic Massage

Medical & Orthopaedic Massage

Medical and Orthopaedic Massage is performed by a therapist who has been specifically trained to treat medical conditions. They may also be known as a clinical massage or treatment massage. 
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 are 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.

Orthopaedic massage uses anatomical science and various body manipulation techniques.  It can be used as a complementary treatment with surgical care and physical therapy to aid recovery from injuries and surgery.

Therapists who are trained in these techniques provide a ‘more physical than emotional’ massage style.  The approach is more evidence-based: pain in one area of the body can be caused by a misalignment or adhesion in a seemingly unrelated area. Orthopaedic or Medical massage practitioners find the origins or pain and misalignment in the physical connections between muscles, soft tissues, tendons, bones, and fascia.

A treatment may consist of: 

  • Massage 
  • Myofascial Release (MFR) 
  • Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
  • Nerve Mobilisation techniques (neural mobilisation or neurodynamics)
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Positional Release. 

This type of massage can help with: 

  • Back pain and spasms
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Knee pain 
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Golfers and Tennis Elbow
  • Whiplash
  • Carpel Tunnel

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Call 01702 714968 for more information about medical and orthopaedic massage in Southend-on-Sea. Home visits are available at an extra cost of ONLY £10. 

Pregnancy Massage

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).

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Call 01702 714968 for more information about pregnancy massage in Southend-on-Sea. Home visits are available at an extra cost of ONLY £10. 

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

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
  • Trauma
  • Surgery 
  • 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 
  • Fibromyalgia

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. (

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Call 01702 714968 for more information about manual lymphatic drainage in Southend-on-Sea. Home visits are available at an extra cost of ONLY £10. 

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy

Are you experiencing Chronic pain? Have you tried all sorts of treatments to get help? And the pain keeps coming back? Does nothing seem to get to the bottom of your problem? You may be experiencing the results of a Trigger point. 

Trigger Points are not acupressure points (Acupressure is used in Ancient Chinese medicine) and neither are they a muscle spasm. 

Trigger Points can be felt with fingers: although they emit distinctive electrical signals that can be measured by sensitive electronic equipment.  They can even be photographed in muscle tissue with the aid of an electron microscope. 

A Trigger Point is a hyper irritable spot located in a taught band of skeletal muscle or Fascia.  A hyper irritable trigger point will sometimes produce local but will almost always send pain to another part of the body from where they are located.   Which is why treating the site of the pain is not ideal because you are not getting to the root cause of the issue.  Each point is known to refer in its own known (predictable) pattern.  

Sometimes a Trigger Point is called to referred to as a ‘knot’ in a muscle, which can be muscle fibres contracting, never relaxing.  You may not even be aware that you have one, until it is touched.  There is a specific way of treating a Trigger Point which will release the contracted muscle tissue.  

Sometimes significant relief can be achieved in minutes, most problems; even chronic conditions can be cleared up in as little as 6 weeks. 

Trigger point treatment: 

  • Breaks the chemical and neurological feedback loop that maintains muscle contraction
  • Increase circulation to the area at the location of the contracted tissue  
  • Stretches the Trigger Points knotted muscle fibres. 

Trigger Points are known to cause headaches, neck and jaw pain, low back pain, sciatica and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome: they can cause problems diverse as earaches, dizziness, nausea, heart burn and tennis elbow.  They may be the cause of sinus pain and congestion and may play a part in chronic fatigue. 

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Call 01702 714968 for more information about trigger point therapy in Southend-on-Sea. Home visits are available at an extra cost of ONLY £10. 

Myofascial Release

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.  It has been described as the largest system in the human body because it touches all other structures. 

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.  Fascia can shorten, solidify and thicken in response to trauma, albeit anything physical or emotional; this, in turn, will affect the body, causing inflammation and possible poor posture with the body losing its physiological adaptive capacity.   Overtime fascial restrictions can insidiously spread like a pull in a sweater, causing flexibility and spontaneity of movement to be lost or at least restricted. The fascia will hold onto these restrictions until they are released.

The treatment uses gentle pressure to allow the fascia to release thus allowing the fascial matrix to reorganise, heal itself, enabling it to restore balance within the body.  The treatment is not forceful; time is allowed for the body to release, which means the releases are not painful.  MFR may be used in conjunction with massage.  

The treatment promotes the philosophy that the mind and body work together to maintain health, effectively supporting the understanding that the mind and body are one and the same. 
It is an ideal treatment for clients experiencing chronic pain or who are injured: it is also excellent if you have postural issues.

MFR works on the entire body, not just muscles, it works on the restrictions that can cause pain anywhere in the body.  Fascial restrictions can cause digestive problems, fertility problems, circulatory problems, neurological and cellular problems etc.  The list is endless.   
The benefits: increased body function, decrease pain, increase blood flow and nutrition to the body, an overall health down to cellular level treatment.  

It is a full-body, hands on technique.  MFR does not require oils or lotions; it is performed dry so that the therapist can feel deeper into the tissue. 

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Call 01702 714968 for more information about Myofascial Release in Southend-on-Sea. Home visits are available at an extra cost of ONLY £10. 

Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic Massage

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.

Indian Head Massage

This treatment is offered by Jennie Chew, Keeley Beech and Maria Louise. It can be performed with or without oils, making it an excellent stress buster.

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.

Aromatherapy Massage

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.

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Call 01702 714968 for more information about therapeutic massage in Southend-on-Sea. Home visits are available at an extra cost of ONLY £10. 

Please contact us to discuss which massage treatment is best for you. 
Home visits are available at an extra cost of ONLY £10.

Which Massage is Best for You?

Before you decide which type of massage might be best for you, you may need to ask yourself some questions. For instance:

  • Do you want a relaxing massage for stress relief?
  • Are you looking to prevent and/or treat an injury, or enhance athletic performance?
  • Do you need relief from pain caused by a health condition?

Before booking a massage at The Body Matters, please let us know what it is that you feel you're looking for. Our massage therapists use many different massage styles and some of our massage therapists practice more than one style. The therapist may customize your massage, depending on your age or any special needs or personal goals you may have.

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