” So relaxing. Amazing massages from Kate and a really excellent range of treatments available. Little oasis of calm and peace. ”
” Kate is a brilliant therapist who tailors each session to your needs each visit. The treatment for TMJ, in my case for a clicky and sore jaw, is well worth the short term pain as it brings relief for weeks, months at a time! I can also really recommend the head, neck and back massages as the best I have had. ”
” Over the years I have been coming to CNH (can’t remember how many years now) I’ve had various problems and seen Tracey for reflexology, Hannah for osteopathy, Christine for physiotherapy and Kate for massages. I can’t praise any of them highly enough and their professionalism is of a very high standard, they are all very knowledgeable, friendly and caring people. There is a lovely calm atmosphere to the whole place and being one of their clients it is like being part of a big, happy family. I know how hard Tracey works to maintain this happy, relaxed atmosphere and the degree of professionalism that goes with it. CNH has become a very important part of my life and even if I had no physical problems at all (I wish!) I would still want to come for reflexology and the occasional massage as both these treatments are so relaxing – a necessity given the pace of life and modern living I believe. A heartfelt thank you to all of you. ”
” I came to see Laura in a state of desperation. After 3 major hip operations, I have been left with extensive, internal scar tissue which was causing considerable problems with pain and mobility. I initially had 1 hour treatments every 3 weeks and then progressed to my current state of Sports Massage every other month, interspersed with reflexology on the alternate month. I now have my life back and that is no exaggeration. I am playing badminton again, I can tolerate long car journeys comfortably, I can walk without a limp and I am no longer on daily anti-inflammatory medication. Family, friends and colleagues have all noticed a significant change in me. Laura is a very skilled and diligent practitioner. This is no easy, relaxing massage but a truly effective treatment for musculoskeletal problems. Persevere with the first few sessions which are uncomfortable – it is definitely worth it. I can highly recommend Laura’s Sports Massage – worth every penny.
Kind regards ”
Sports massage was originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. Sports massage assists in injury prevention and aids the healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons. You do not need to be a sports performer to benefit from a sports massage. The benefits above can also help relieve the many day to day problems; repetitive strain injury, sprains, tension, fatigue, which everyone experiences. My clients range from professional athletes to a wide cross section of the general public. Sports massage differs from other types of massage by focussing on a specific problem area(s) as opposed to the whole body. A firmer pressure is needed to work deeper into the muscle layers, but still within the client’s pain threshold.
There are four types of sports massages: Pre-event this is a short, stimulating massage 15 – 45 minutes before the event; it is directed toward the parts of the body that will be involved in the exertion. Post-event which is given within an hour or two of the event, to normalize the body’s tissues. Restorative is given during training to allow the athlete to train harder and with less injury. Rehabilitative is aimed at alleviating pain due to injury and returning the body to health.
Benefits of Sports Massage:
- Enhance body awareness
- Identify problem areas before they develop into injuries
- Relax and stretch muscles
- Improve range of movement
- Restore suppleness and elasticity
- Relieve pain and stress
- Free muscle adhesions and soften scar tissue caused by injury or overuse
- Improve circulation
- Flush out toxins that cause muscle stiffness and soreness (DOMS)
- Relax the body and mind
- Speed up the recovery and healing process
Sports Massage techniques may differ as you have different needs at different times.
Laura originally studied Equine Science at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, specialising in veterinary science, nutrition, coaching of the mind and body, and rehabilitative care. Learning about how the human body becomes more efficient in the saddle led her to a course in Swedish massage, which in turn provided the path toward clinical sports massage, injury rehabilitation and pre and post-natal massage. She is now a Sports massage therapist ITEC4 having trained with Active Health in Manchester and is affiliated to STO (Sports Therapy Organisation).
Laura employs a wide range of treatment techniques from soft tissue massage and manipulation to gentle joint mobilisation, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and the use of Alpha-Stim microcurrent therapy. She has a very keen interest in lymphatic function and treatment, having completed a course with the renowned Perry Nicklestonfrom Stop Chasing Pain. In addition, she is also working to deepen her understanding of biomechanics. Laura looks at the body as a whole, rather than compartmentalising issues. As such her treatments may include exercises to take home or a look at lifestyle changes that may have been contributing to the problem a client presents.
Ever the student, Laura constantly undertakes new training to further her knowledge and skill set. This year she is hoping to finish her training and qualify as a health coach and is also currently completing a course in trauma and the effect it has on the body and mind. In addition she is looking at adding Myofascial cupping to her treatment techniques.
Laura has treated a huge range of clients at Body Works Cheshire from young athletes, those spending long periods in front of a desk or behind the wheel, through to those with age related complaints. Laura also has a keen interest in equestrians and the issue they face as riders, having ridden all her life and worked in the industry for over a decade, before transferring over to sports therapy. She also has in depth experience of treatment of combat sports fighters, both pre and post fight, as well as maintenance during training, having worked with SuperGymMMA Thai boxers and MMA fighters. As a competitive body builder, she understands the rigors of weight lifting and the difficulties that can arise from posing if the body is not flexible enough. If you are looking for someone who understands the particular difficulties that can arise in these sports and how to fix them, Laura can help.
The ethos of Body Works Cheshire is that everybody who wishes to be treated whatever the complaint, receives the care they are entitled to and deserve. Sports therapy isn’t just for athletes, it is for anyone who needs it.
Our sports massage clinic is ideally located in South Warrington, Cheshire, just 1 minute from J10 on the M56 (View Map) Cheshire Natural Health’s fully trained clinical sports massage practitioners treat clients who travel from various locations to use our services, not just the local Warrington & Cheshire areas, including Chester | Manchester | Liverpool | Wirral | Bolton | Northwich | Winsford | Stockport | Wilmslow | Hale | Altrincham | Sale | Macclesfield | Buxton | Wigan | Southport & across the Cheshire & North West region.
Sports Massage Warrington | The benefits of Sports Massage include Relax and stretch muscles, Improve range of movement, Restore suppleness and elasticity, Relieve pain and stress, Free muscle adhesions and soften scar tissue caused by injury or overuse, Improve circulation, Flush out toxins that cause muscle stiffness and soreness (DOMS), Relax the body and mind and Speed up the recovery and healing process.