The relaxing and rehabilitative effects of massage have been long established. At Summertown Clinic we have fantastic massage therapists with a range of different skills.
Apart from their regular clients, who they often help with stress and muscular tension, they also help provide rehabilitative and preventative care for the clinic’s osteopathic and chiropractic patients as part of their longer term care plan.
Massage for you…
We have a wide range of massage types on offer; Sports, Aromatherapy, Thai Yoga Massage, and Deep Tissue
Our massage clients really enjoy the caring yet professional manner of our massage therapists, helping to create a nice relaxing environment where you can relax and feel yourself unwind.
Our massage therapists are great at easing your muscular aches and strains, reducing tension and stress, and helping rehabilitate achey muscles.
What is massage?
Therapeutic massage is a treatment which aims to relax, revive, and rehabilitate the body. Using manual hands-on movements and manipulation of the soft tissues and muscles in the body.
Who can benefit from it?
From an indulgent opportunity to relax, to giving your muscles a chance to recover from hard training, massage can benefit anyone.
What research is there?
Despite massage being a part of human social history since we first began, there is a paucity of quality research. Studies do show it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
Our massage therapists are Oxford’s best, as part of a community of practice they share ideas (and often clients/patients) with other practitioners which helps their professional development.
Massage at Summertown Clinic
We try and provide a range of massage varieties as we understand that everyone has their own preference when it comes to a “perfect massage”. As a result our massage therapists are trained in different modalities, these are:
– Sports Massage – often but not always a relatively deep or hard massage that is aimed at helping specific muscle groups relax and ease before or after hard training or an event. This can apply to the weekend warrior and the elite athlete.
– Deep Tissue Massage – this massage is aimed at getting into the deeper tissues in your body, often through applying more force (so it’s stronger). The reason for this is that muscles are thick and can lie fairly deep under the skin so often stronger and more precise manipulation is needed to try and get to those deeper muscles and fibres.
– Aromatherapy Massage – a gentler and lighter style of massage aimed more at reducing stress and tension using perfumed oils that help relax the mind and body.
– Thai Yoga Massage – Treatments are given on a firm futon on the floor with the client wearing soft comfortable clothing that allows movement. The practitioner uses his or her thumbs, palms, elbows and feet to apply a mixture of acupressure, gentle twisting, joint and spine mobilisations and assisted yoga stretching. The therapist uses their own bodyweight instead of strength, and works with a meditative pace.
Our Team of Masseurs:
All our massage therapists are experienced and have skills that complement each other. No matter what intensity of massage you're looking for we can help. From the lighter touch of aromatherapy, to the more heavy duty elbow work of deep tissue massage, there's something for everyone. (note we are still awaiting details from Claire Cecil and Kate Layton)
Sophie trained in London, as a Massage Therapist in 2006 and soon saw the impact of stress and lifestyle on injury recovery and wellbeing. Her aim with each treatment is for clients to walk out feeling cared for and have an action plan going forward.
Sophia qualified as an Iyengar Yoga teacher in 2011, & a Thai Yoga Massage therapist in 2014. She is dedicated and passionate, and continues to study deeply in both of these disciplines.