(Sports) Massage Therapist
LSSM Dip, Sports Psychology BSc Honours, BPS Member, Ultra-Trail Runner, Run Talk Run and Berkshire Trail Runners Run Leader, Mental Health First Aid
WHAT…is massage therapy?
Massage therapy is a natural treatment which can provide physical benefits to an individual based on the hands – on manipulation of connective, superficial and deep muscle tissue, otherwise referred to as fascia. With ‘listening touch’ a therapist uses a variety of techniques by applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement to the fascia. These techniques can affect our muscular, skeletal, circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems, promoting the release of muscle tension, painful trigger points, chronic pain, and can help repair sprains and strains.
By receiving ‘touch’, a physical hands-on massage can also release oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine, our happy hormones. These hormones provide mental health benefits such as relaxation and easing of anxiety and depression, whilst lowering levels of our stress hormone cortisol.
So whilst Massage still tends to be thought of either as a luxury activity to pamper yourself or as something sport-specific, it’s now starting to be seen as a valuable element in health care, because it has been shown not only to decrease pain and tightness in muscles, but also to help relieve symptoms of anxiety, stress, and sleeping disorders.
WHO…needs massage therapy?
Massage is for anyone who wants to reach a state of physical and mental well-being that promotes their personal optimal performance and/or everyday functioning.
Professional, elite, and weekend athletes, desk/office bound corporate individuals, persons with a physically/mentally demanding job. The list is infinite.
Massage is increasingly being used for relaxation in certain pathologies such as cancer, and multiple sclerosis.
WHY…choose massage therapy?
- assist with sporting/training recovery
- increase joint mobility and flexibility
- improve soft tissue injuries
- reduce muscle tension
- support good posture
- improve circulation
- stimulate the lymphatic system
- reduce stress hormones
- promote relaxation
- reduce anxiety and depression
Rochelle can help achieve these benefits through the use of:
- Sports Massage
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Myofascial Release
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Relaxation/Swedish Massage
All my years of practicing massage on professional/semi pro athletes to help aid their performance and recovery, as well as CEO’s, business executives and busy individuals for relaxation/de- stressing, has taught me that each person is an individual and no 2 massages are the same for everyone.
I have always enjoyed practicing massage therapy as I enjoy seeing my clients feel physically and mentally better and getting back to the things they love to do. I constantly update my massage skills and knowledge and am one of life’s learners and listeners. Rochelle holds a London School of Sports Massage Diploma and is a practicing therapist since 2004. She also holds a BSc (Hons) Sports Psychology Degree since 2012. She is a member of The British Psychological Society and is a Run Leader with The Run Talk Run mental health community as well as The Berkshire Trail Runners located in Swinley Forest, Bracknell. She is an extreme Ultra Trail Runner with multi day events under her belt such as the 250k Marathon Des Sables through the Sahara Desert, The 160k Trans Atlas Marathon Challenge through the High Atlas Mountains, the 78-mile Atlantic Coast Challenge along the Cornish Coast amongst other challenging sporting events.