The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Massage helps flush the tissues of harmful deposits such as lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes – improving recovery time from muscular strain. Swedish massage also stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable, and stimulates the skin and sooth the nervous system at the same time.
If however the massage is feeling too deep, please let your massage practitioner know.
Swedish massage therapy is the most well-known and widely practiced type of therapeutic massage—and for good reason.
Swedish massage not only feels exceptionally good, but is relaxing and invigorating. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, circulation, and promotes our general health and wellbeing.
As a treatment it helps reduce stress, both emotional and physical, and is often suggested in a program for stress management.
The Swedish massage treatment is very sensitive to pressure and takes into account the delicate or tender areas of your body, so it should be comfortable and soothing, in contrast to the deeper sports massage.
Coco Oye does sports massage and deep tissue massage.
She has been practicing at the Central London Osteopathy & Sports Injury Clinic and in Peru for the past 10 years.
She has a vast experience working with athletes as well as with non-athletes, encouraging physical fitness and muscle balance to her clients.
Coco keeps herself in perfect shape with bodybuilding and mixed martial arts – and absolutely loves what she does.
Anna Markee, LSSMhndip, sports massage therapist and teacher of sports massage
Anna has over 16 years experience as a Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist (Soft Tissue Therapist )
On your first appointment it is advised that you book an hour. This is so that Anna can assess you properly. The aim is to determine that soft tissue treatment is appropriate, and then to devise a treatment plan specific to each individual. Anna can also offer advice on a range of remedial exercises and lifestyle factors aimed at speeding up recovery, preventing injury recurrence as well as improving posture, performance and function. During a treatment clients may not just lie flat, but may be asked to change position sit or stand and functional movement can also be used to enhance treatment.
With a background as an ex-professional contemporary dancer Anna is particularly interested in movement and this knowledge informs and feeds into her treatments. She is passionate about the fact that stretching needs to be tau
Anna does not believe in the old school ‘no pain no gain’ reputation of sports massage and believes this attitude is outdated.She works with her clients , only using deeper techniques where absolutely necessary. Her clients come from all walks of life and include triathletes, office workers, runners, cyclists, dancers, surgeons , taxi drivers, and photographers to name just a few!
Anna has a busy client list , so early booking is advisable. She enjoys the diversity of the people she meets , and looks forward to meeting you.
Rita has been practicing Massage Therapy – Performance, Prevention, Recovery and Rehabilitation for over 15 years.
During this time she has had the privilege of working with a vast range of Clients, these include Members of the GB Athletics and Weightlifting Team, People with Spinal Cord Injury and Endurance Athletes.
Rita enjoys working with new Clients and the challenges this can involve.
Rita has experience of working in Football and spent a number of years as a therapist at a Premiership Rugby Club, traveling with them to away matches Domestic and European, as well as Pre-season training overseas.
Rita also works with young people and older people.
A member of the 2012 Unit in Hackney, Rita continues to work as a Coach/ Instructor for the Borough.
Our Swedish masseur, Katherina Zur started as a complementary and beauty therapist in 2001.
She has worked in many well known 5* hotels including The Sanderson, One Aldwych and Sofitel Hotels.
She is fully qualified in Anatomy, Physiology, Body Massage, Indian Head Massage, Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Reflexology.
She is fully insured with ITPI.
She is a fully qualified therapist with a Level 4 Diploma in Sport & Remedial Massage, and aims to use all her skills acquired in providing a first-class service to clients.
Stephanie is also registered with the Sports Massage Association (the leading independent professional body for Sports Massage in the UK) and fully insured.
“I know the body is organised in muscular chains. During a massage, the main focus is on the posterior one, as this is the chain causing the most suffering.
Ultimately, my treatment aim to untie knots, soothe and lengthen this particular chain but also to create balance, symmetry and harmony.”
Martin Buschman has been working as a Sports & Remedial Therapist since October 2004 and in addition completed his Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy with the Active Health Group in July 2005. He is also a qualified Personal Trainer and Circuit Instructor and is passionate about helping clients to regain their Fitness and Strength.
His training is based on Compound Moves to enhance mobility, flexibility and functionality, regardless of age and fitness levels.
He has many years of 5* luxury hotel hotel experience, working near Buckingham Palace, allowing him to be close to the finishing line of some major sporting events, offering Pre & Post Event Sports Massage.
His Sports Massage approach is based on the Maintenance Massage, including MyoFascial Release, Muscle Stripping, Proprioceptive Muscular Facilitation, Active Isolated Stretching, Drainage, Relaxation & Breathing techniques.
The Pain/Pleasure touch approach allows Martin to work deeper and slower in areas that are in need of more attention, bearing in mind that healthy tissue doesn’t hurt.
He passionately promotes that Sports Massage is suitable for each and everyone and that the results of regular massages will elicit balance, wellbeing, increased functionally, concentration and better sleep.
Martin is registered with the Register of Exercise Professionals UK.
Alexander Jovanovski, Sports massage therapist.
Alex qualified in 2011 as a Level 5 Sports Massage Therapist at the North London School of Sports Massage.
Since then he has offered his services to a wide range of people from elite athletes to the general public, working with sporting teams and individual athletes training for World championships in both private and clinical roles.
Alex has experience in varying sports such as Swimming, Triathlon, Football and Rugby Union, and is currently working within the medical team at Premiership Rugby Union club, European Champions, Saracens FC.
Since qualifying in 2011, he has also gained a Bsc degree is Sports and Exercise Rehabilitation, graduating with first class honours.
With an understanding of Injury types, treatments and rehabilitation, Alex likes to bring all of this together to provide the best possible chance for you to recover and gain the most from a treatment session.
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