Massage1st, Thornton Heath
I am an experienced therapist of over 15 years, specialising in Swedish, Deep Tissue and Sports Massage, providing the very best in professional, corrective and therapeutic massage therapy. Fitness Trainer and Instructor in the Internal Martial Art of Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu, I am also ITEC and APNT qualified, a Premier Training Graduate and fully insured, continuously updating my professional knowledge and skills, whilst treating many people suffering from chronic ailments to stress related conditions. Each session is tailored to a clients specific needs and quality assured. Massage provides a natural way to improve wellness and relaxation, making it a must for maintaining and increasing physical and mental well being.
"The physician must be experienced in many things, but most assuredly in rubbing, for rubbing can bind a joint that is loose and loosen a joint that is bound"…Hippocrates often regarded as the father of modern medicine.
Swedish massage is designed to relax muscles using oil to facilitate long, gliding strokes, kneading and friction techniques, helping to improve circulation, relieve muscle tension and promote relaxation. Deep Tissue Massage focuses on the deeper layers of the muscles. It's aim is to "unstick" the fibres of a muscle while releasing chronic patterns of muscular tension, using slow firm strokes, using fingers, thumbs elbows and forearms, either by following or going across the fibre's of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. This type of massage can cause some soreness during and after the treatment, as it usually focuses on more specific problem areas. However, you should feel more alleviated within a day or two.
This is a very beneficial treatment for chronic conditions. Sports Massage uses aspects of Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage that can help alleviate tension and stress which builds up in the body's soft tissues during physical and mental activity and can help heal minor injuries and scar tissue, caused by overuse and overexertion. Sports massage therapy is more adapted for athletes to deal with the effects of athletic performance on the body. It is generally used, before, during and after athletic events, to prepare for peak performance, reduce muscle tension, relieve swelling, promote flexibility and prevent injuries.
Sports massage can also help prevent the nuisances of injuries that can so often get in the way of performance and achievement irrespective of whether a person is an athlete or a couch potato. Chow Gar Praying Mantis Kung Fu is a very powerful and direct "internal" system. It develops incredible power (gen), that is very flowing and explosive, power that is heavy, fast and penetrating, especially when using the famous "gou choi" (circular fist). The power developed is through "internal" training concepts, which relies on body mechanics, tendons and "intention, " rather than on an "external" one, which relies on large muscles and momentum.
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