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Massage and Manual Therapy

Andrew Brown - Westwood Therapies
Andrew Brown - Westwood Therapies

This can be a combination of …or …just one of the following depending upon your preferences or requirements :

  • TUI-NA (Chinese Medical Massage)
  • DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE - and fascial release
  • SOMATIC MOVEMENT exercises

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

Regular clients include amongst others …

  • OFFICE WORKERS ..neck, shoulders and low back pain, headaches / migranes
  • FARMERS ... back back, shoulders, neck pain
  • HAIRDRESSERS ...beck, shoulders, back pain, frozen shoulder
  • LONG DISTANCE DRIVERS ...Sciatica and low back pain, disc problems
  • NEW PARENTS ...Muscle strains from carrying youngster
  • BUILDERS / MANUAL LABOURERS ...back pain, hip pain and injury
  • MASSAGE & BEAUTY THERAPISTS ...mid back and low back pain and tension
  • ARTHRITIS SUFFERS ...inflammation and pain with restricted movement...hands, back, neck
  • ATHLETES …from runners, golfers through to horseriders and triathletes
  • SOLDIERS ... muscle strains

2. How does this type of bodywork differ from other forms of massage?

Andrew Brown - Westwood Therapies

This is much more than a relaxation / spa style massage. An orthopaedic style assessment process is used to rule out anything which may require medical attention or a different type of therapy such as Physiotherapy. This information is used to create a specific treatment plan which is reviewed according to your needs as the treatments progress over time.

Here is a brief overview of each type of therapy I use …

  • ADVANCED REMEDIAL MASSAGE … utilises focused, deep, soft tissue massage and joint mobilisation techniques to help ‘remedy’ a musculoskeletal problem.
  • SPORTS MASSAGE …a version of remedial massage which has a sports specific focus such as pre-event, inter-event, post-event and associated injuries and support of.
  • HENDRICKSON METHOD… of Massage and Manual Therapy for Orthopaedic conditions…a unique and highly effective system that combines joint mobilisation, muscle energy techniques and soft tissue massage into one.
  • TUI-NA / Chinese Medical Massage … a system of massage and manual therapy which includes working on acupuncture points with a kneading pressure to create a more specific and deeper release of tension and imbalance.
  • DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE .. and fascial release … a very slow deep massage, typically uses a massage wax for greater grip and slower glide. Works the deeper connective tissue (fascia).
  • SOMATIC MOVEMENT ...gentle and very safe home exercise movements for quickly and easily releasing muscle tension.
  • REMEDIAL EXERCISE … simple home stretching and strengthening exercises, sometimes using resistance bands.

3. Massage and Manual Therapy benefits

Andrew Brown - Westwood Therapies
  • Improved range of motion of joints and limbs
  • Catching and resolving minor musculoskeletal issues before they develop into something more
  • Acceleration of soft tissue healing
  • Reduction of inflammation
  • Reduction of pain
  • Reduction of muscle spasm which can interfere with normal posture and movement
  • Improvement in overall well-being and enjoyment of life

4. What happens during an appointment ?

Andrew Brown - Westwood Therapies
Andrew Brown - Westwood Therapies

At the first appointment a consultation is undertaken to screen out anything which may require medical intervention or a different type of therapy such as physiotherapy, acupuncture etc. This is followed by an assessment of the areas of discomfort and a general postural assessment, orthopaedic / special tests can be used to further help identify areas of imbalance across the body. The information is recorded and used to formulate the treatment plan; this usually takes 20 minutes. This is followed by hands on treatment using one or a combination of the above mentioned massage techniques.

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 60 minutes in length and includes consultation / assessment / treatment…this can be 90 minutes if preferred. Chronic neck and shoulder tightness / pain with tension headaches can often ease significantly after one or two treatments. A lot of clients come in for maintenance massage to help with long-term issues and for general well-being, this varies from every couple of weeks up to 6 week intervals.

Regular maintenance massage significantly helps with the management of long-term issues of musculoskeletal discomfort and tension …giving an overall improvement in well-being.

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 up to 90 minutes.

7. Booking an appointment

Message - Text 07747 842 748 or e-mail – - (or call) with your name and best contact details, include potential times and dates you would like an appointment, the type of massage treatment you are looking for and for how long (60 or 90 minutes); give a brief description what you are looking for help with. I will do my best to respond as quickly as possible.

Appointment Times...(varies)
Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday
...9am / 11am / 1pm / 3pm / 4.30pm

COVID-19 - if you have any symptoms or have been in contact with anyone with symptoms then please postpone your appointment. Please wear a mask to your appointment.

All therapies charged at the same rate :

60 minutes ….. £55
90 minutes ….. £75

Payments Accepted
All major cards, Apple Pay, Bank Transfer, Cash

Payments taken via: Visa, Visa Debit, Visa Credit, AMEX & Mastercard


  • Cancellation Charges
  • Less than 48 hours notice / 50%
  • Less than 24 hours notice / 100%
  • Missed appointments 100%

Elderly or disabled clients need to be accompanied by a chaperone

8. Qualifications and Training

Andrew Brown - NAMMT (RMAdv), Dip. Tui Na F BH®

Professional Associations - Registered Member Of

  1. NAMMT - National Association of Massage & Manipulative Therapists
  2. CNHC - Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council

Qualifications & Training

  1. Tui-Na / Chinese Massage and Manual Therapy Foundation Diploma (Body Harmonics)
  2. Hendrickson Method Practitioner (level 5)
  3. Advanced Remedial Massage Diploma - Northern Institute of Massage (level 5)
  4. Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (to Therapy 1)
  5. Level 4 Sports Massage & Sports Injury Management (ITEC)
  6. Advanced Strategies in Deep Tissue Massage & Myofascial Release (Art Riggs)
  7. Provision of Remedial Exercise
  8. Introduction to Strength & Conditioning
  9. Trigger Point Therapy
  10. Somatic Movement Coaching HSE Level 1
  11. Tui Na - CPD introduction (Gateway)
  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
  11. ‘Pregnancy Massage’ gateway