Acupuncture | Massage Therapy | Sports Therapy

Mary Coyle NCOSM, HHM, NCEHS – Member of Association of Holistic Therapists


Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is particularly good for chronically tense or contracted areas such as a stiff neck, sore shoulders, tension headaches or lower back pain or tightness. Deep Tissue Massage is concentrated on areas of tension and pain by using slow deep pressure with fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows and forearms.

Sports Massage

Sports massage is used not only by top athletes, but also by most people interested in sports and fitness. The benefits of fitness maintenance and quick recovery from injury can now be taken advantage of at both national and local level. Sports massage is a specialty within the field of massage therapy that focuses on assisting the training process, preventing injury and aiding the healing process when injury occurs. Both the occasional athlete and the serious athlete, through to mums and dads, marathon runners, soccer players and gym goers can benefit from this treatment which is good for reducing soreness and fatigue during the training process.

Remedial Therapy

Remedial Therapy utilises many techniques - including massage - to address a wide range of soft tissue problems. The aim is to reduce pain and tension by releasing pressure of muscles in spasm, and to address tendon and ligament complaints. This treatment can dramatically reduce pain and discomfort and assist the bodys natural healing process and circulation. Whether it is stress, work related or injury from leisure, sports remedial therapy can assist people of all ages. For this treatment focuses on the problem rather than the entire body, example shoulder or calf strain.

On-site chair

On site chair treatment is especially effective with tense areas such as the neck, shoulders and upper back - just the areas which can suffer damage in those who put in a lot of desk and PC time. A special chair is used in the delivery of this non-invasive therapy. Sessions last for half an hour, but if needed can have lower back treatment as well, which would take up to 45 minutes.

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage feels good and is very relaxing and invigorating. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands and circulation, while promoting health and wellbeing. This treatment is recommended for complete wind-down (very relaxing treatment).

Repetitive Strain Injury

  • Back & hip
  • Sciatica pain (Piriformis Syndrome)
  • Shoulder pain & stiffness
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Shin splints
  • Knee pain & lack of mobility
  • Tendonitis
  • Migraine headaches from neck, tightness
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Whiplash
  • Calf strain
  • Achilles tendon pain
  • All muscular stiffness & range of joint motion


What techniques are used?

Muscle energy techniques (MET), it is a manipulative treatment that is used to strengthen the weak muscles, improve musculo skeletal function and mobilise joints in which movement is restricted. METs are most beneficial combined with sports massage for a longer release of pain and range of movement within the joint and tissue.

Neuro Muscular Technique (NMT) is used for hard and dense muscles that are held in shortened tight positions due to postural, occupational or emotional factors.

Soft Tissue Release is a technique used for releasing local areas of severe soft tissue tension. The essence of the approach is a method of applying pressure to a muscle, at the same time as the muscle is being stretched. This coordinated movement has a correcting effect on all muscular imbalances including injured areas where scar tissues have formed.

Effleurage: Gliding strokes with the palms, thumbs and/or fingertips.

Petrissage: Kneeding movements with the hands, thumbs and/or fingers.

Friction: Circular pressures with the palms of hands, thumbs and/or fingers.

Percussion: Brisk hacking or tapping.

Passive and active movements: bending and stretching

Connective tissue manipulation (CTM)


Sports massage therapy and remedial massage has many benefits

  • To reduce stress, tension and anxiety levels;
  • To relieve tired and aching muscles;
  • To promote a general feeling of well-being;
  • To improve muscle balance and postural awareness;
  • To breakdown scar tissue and adhesions, allowing adjacent structures to function properly;
  • To improve circulation and lymphatic flow, speeding up the removal of metabolic waste;
  • To sedate or stimulate nerve receptors, promoting greater muscle relaxation or faster response;
  • To improve muscle flexibility and joint movement;
  • To prevent injury and aid recovery, through the regular monitoring of muscle condition;
  • To assist an athlete with the preparation, participation and completion of an event;
  • To improve recovery time between training sessions by assisting the removal of lactic acid. This alleviates muscular tension, promoting relaxation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who benefits from Sports Massage Therapy?

A person who is trying to recover from an injury or a person who has muscular problems, aches or pains brought about by a daily activity such as lifting large objects, or sitting at a computer or desk all day. Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy is also beneficial to those who just want to experience a general feeling of well being.

How often is treatment required?

This depends on the person. Some people require a few treatments in quick succession to assist in the healing process of a specific injury, while others find that a weekly treatment helps to control their stress levels. Some people find that a maintenance treatment every few weeks works well.

What happens during the treatment?

A quick history is taken prior to the first treatment to insure that the correct treatment is received. Some treatments may require the use of deep tissue techniques. As a result, you may occasionally feel some post-treatment soreness, which should disappear after a day or two. This is usually a sign that the treatment is having a positive effect. Sessions take place in a calm and un-hurried atmosphere. There is time, if necessary, after your treatment to ask Mary any questions that you may have regarding your progress.

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