My Approach

My remedial work is based on the anatomical understanding that the body is one interconnected unit and that when one part moves the whole body is responding. One of the main structures of the body to facilitate this interconnectedness is the fascia, a type of connective tissue. It’s this tissue that holds absolutely everything in place wrapping around individual muscle fibres, muscles, organs and bones. Where fascia is not able to slide and glide freely, increased tension can be felt in that region and the normal flow of energy is interrupted. Any movement restrictions, aches and pains can often be traced back to changes in our fascia, which over time can become immobile.
My remedial work focuses on those areas where the energy flow is interrupted.
The Fascia and the nervous system respond to mechanical forces when we move and work to integrate the loads placed on the body. This responsiveness can be used intentionally in massage therapy by locking into the identified areas of tissue and waiting for a gradual release, which is triggered by the brain when discomfort or pain is felt.
When the body is stimulated through remedial massage it begins a healing process in areas of soft tissue inflammation, creating another response when the body might be stuck in an inflammatory feedback loop.
The re-introduction of movement and the separation of tissue layers that have become stuck allows for more blood and nutrients to feed the tissues, increasing the flow in the body leading to more movement and less discomfort.
That sense of release and lightness can be felt immediately after a remedial session. Further changes can be experienced up to 3 days after treatment.
These are the first steps in the process of recovery and healing and to sustain any gains, changes in movement and postural habits need to be considered too.