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Massage and Manual Therapy

Andrew Brown - Westwood Therapies
Andrew Brown - Westwood Therapies

Combining the following advanced bodywork methods ...Advanced Remedial Massage, Sports Massage, Hendrickson Method for Orthopaedic Conditions, Deep Tissue & Fascial Release, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Somatic Movement ...for treatment of general musculoskeletal pain and discomfort as well as helping with general rehabilitation and also sports issues and performance…

1. Who can benefit from 'Massage and Manual Therapy’ ?

Regular clients include...

  • OFFICE WORKERS …neck, shoulder and low back pain and inflammation from working at a computer all day
  • HAIRDRESSERS…neck, shoulder, back pain, frozen shoulder from standing with arms up for long hours
  • LONG DISTANCE DRIVERS…Sciatica and low back pain, disc problems
  • NEW MOTHERS …Muscle strains from carrying youngsters
  • BUILDERS / MANUAL LABOURERS …back pain, hip pain and injury from lifting and carrying
  • PERSONAL TRAINERS …muscle strains and ligament sprains
  • GOLFERS …back and shoulder pain, golfers elbow
  • HORSE RIDERS…low back and shoulder pain and discomfort
  • MASSAGE & BEAUTY THERAPISTS….mid back and low back pain and tension from leaning forward
  • ATHLETES …injury, performance enhancement, rehabilitation
  • ARTHRITIS SUFFERERS…inflammation and pain with restricted movement
  • POST VASER / LIPOSUCTION & Other COSMETIC SURGERY … Vodder Manual Lymphatic Drainage to reduce pain and inflammation and promote even healthy tissue healing


2. How does 'Massage and Manual Therapy differ from other forms of massage?

Andrew Brown - Westwood Therapies

Most people are familiar with the relaxation style massage treatment you have at the spa or home spa; that style of massage is referred to as Swedish or Holistic Massage and might include Aromatherapy Massage and Deep Tissue Massage and is either a level 2 or level 3 massage qualification. This style of massage is really lovely to receive; it is normally based around a pre-set sequence of massage strokes usually applied in a gentle rhythmic manner across part or the whole body. Whilst very relaxing it isn’t designed to address deep muscle tension, joint restriction and muscle imbalance or soft tissue injury resulting in pain and discomfort.

One of the main techniques I use is called The Hendrickson Method of Massage and Manual Therapy for Orthopaedic Conditions...which uses a unique combination of three techniques to bring about optimum results in treating orthopaedic conditions :

  • Wave Mobilisation
  • Joint Mobilisation
  • Muscle Energy Technique

Wave Mobilization therapy features strokes that are rounded, scooping movements performed perpendicular to soft tissue in repeated rhythmic cycles. They are applied at a frequency of approximately 60 cycles per minute, which matches the ideal resting heart rate. Wave Mobilization therapy is extremely relaxing and profoundly healing.

Joint Mobilisation: The joints and their surrounding soft tissue are typically the primary source of pain in a body. Acute injuries often result in swelling, loss of joint motion, and the inhibition of normal muscle function by neurological reflexes. Chronic joint problems, whether due to degeneration or dysfunction, are almost always the result of misaligned and restricted joints, which prevent normal movement. Hendrickson Method includes specific protocols for treating acute and chronic joint problems that are efficient and effective in reducing pain and restoring normal movement.

The third modality used by Hendrickson Method Practitioners is Muscle Energy Technique (MET), which addresses the nervous system. By having clients actively resist gentle, strategic applications of pressure, practitioners promote the rehabilitation of malfunctioning nerves. MET also helps strengthen weak muscles, eliminates trigger points, relaxes chronically tight muscles, and improves the range of motion of joints.

3. Massage and Manual Therapy benefits

Andrew Brown - Westwood Therapies

    When used as a course of treatment or as an on-going management tool the benefits include:

  • Improved range of motion of joints and limbs
  • Acceleration of soft tissue healing
  • Reduction of inflammation across the body, reduction in pain
  • Reduction of muscle spasm which can interfere with normal posture and movement
  • Improvement in overall well-being and enjoyment of life

4. "I’ve never had a Massage / Manual Therapy treatment before and I've got neck and shoulder tension and some low back pain from working at a computer all day …what happens during an appointment?"

Andrew Brown - Westwood Therapies
Andrew Brown - Westwood Therapies

At the first appointment a comprehensive consultation is undertaken to screen out anything which would require medical intervention. This is followed by an assessment of the areas of discomfort and a general postural assessment to help identify areas of imbalance across the body; this information is recorded and used to formulate a treatment plan. The consultation and assessment usually take around 20 minutes…longer for more complex cases. From here hands on treatment is undertaken. Treatment will be a combination of different advanced massage and manual therapy techniques for example wave mobilisation from the Hendrickson Method combined with Advanced Remedial massage. Some techniques such as the Hendrickson Method can be done through clothing, other techniques such as Deep Tissue Massage or Remedial Massage are directly onto the skin using either oil or a massage wax. Gentle Somatic exercises can also be provided to help you with self-management.

Elderly or disabled clients need to be accompanied by a chaperone

5. "How many appointments will I need and how long are they?"

Andrew Brown - Westwood Therapies

This depends on the severity of the problem. The first appointment is usually either 45 or 60 minutes in length and includes consultation/assessment/treatment. Typically chronic neck and shoulder tension with low back pain can ease significantly after three or four 45 or 60 minute treatments. Some clients opt for longer treatments of 90 minutes or 2 hours which are full body...working across the whole body using either deep tissue massage or remedial massage techniques working on the specific problem areas as part of the overall treatment. To make longer treatments more enjoyable I will often include hot-towels for the feet and face/head. 30 minute treatments are good for an intensive back massage or neck shoulders, longer treatments obviously allow a greater area of the body to be worked.

A lot of clients come in for monthly maintenance massage to help with long-term issues and help with general well-being or sports performance.

Elderly or disabled clients need to be accompanied by a chaperone

6. Therapy Room

I work from home and have a light and bright dedicated therapy room with a fully adjustable, heated electric couch with extra thick comfort padding and comfort headrest to allow for extended treatments of 90 minutes and two hours.

7. 2019 Prices and Appointment times for 'Massage & Manual Therapy'

All Therapies are charged at the same rate ...except for Lomi-Lomi which is + £10 as indicated. For all treatments, unless otherwise indicated, the usual appointment length is 45 ...or 60 minutes with the option of follow up treatments of 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes.

30 minutes ….. £35
45 minutes ….. £40
60 minutes ….. £50 (£60 Lomi-Lomi)
90 minutes ….. £70 (£80 Lomi-Lomi)
120 minutes … £90 (£100 Lomi-Lomi)

TERMS & CONDITIONS OF BOOKING : Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice are charged 50% of the appointment fee, missed appointments are charged in full. NEW SATURDAY appointments require a 50% non-refundable deposit; applies to first time clients only. NEW LOMI-LOMI appointments require a non-refundable 50% deposit, applies to first time clients only. Deposits can be paid over the phone by card or by bank transfer.

Monday / Tuesday / Thursday / Friday …… 8am - 6pm
Saturday …… 7.30am until mid afternoon

8. Booking an appointment or making a general enquiry

Text message is the best way to contact me, I can usually reply between appointments.

Text ….or call …(any time)07747 842 748
e-mailwestwoodtherapies@icloud.com

Elderly or disabled clients need to be accompanied by a chaperone

9. Qualifications and Training

Andrew Brown - NAMMT (RMAdv)

Professional Associations - Registered Member Of

  1. NAMMT - National Association of Massage & Manipulative Therapists

Qualifications & Training

Advanced
  1. Hendrickson Method Practitioner (level 5)
  2. Advanced Remedial Massage Diploma - Northern Institute of Massage (level 5)
  3. Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (to Therapy 1)
  4. Level 4 Sports Massage & Sports Injury Management (ITEC)
  5. Advanced Strategies in Deep Tissue Massage & Myofascial Release (Art Riggs)
  6. Provision of Remedial Exercise
  7. Introduction to Strength & Conditioning
  8. Trigger Point Therapy
  9. Somatic Movement Coaching HSE Level 1
  10. Tui Na - CPD
Holistic
  1. Holistic (Swedish) Massage ITEC Level 3
  2. Aromatherapy Pre-blends ITEC Level 3
  3. Onsite Chair Massage
  4. Detox Massage
  5. Thai Massage (Levels 1 & 2)
  6. Hawaiian Facial Massage
  7. Lomi Lomi Hawaiian Massage Diploma
  8. Reiki Level 1 & 2 since 1999 ...Master/Teacher Level since 2006
  9. EFT Advanced Therapist
  10. Traditional Ear Candling