Penny Monger 'Sportswise'
Penny qualified in sports massage ten years ago, but feels that the word ‘sports’ is not always helpful when considering what she does!
Sportsmen/women do suffer injuries through asking so much of their bodies, but we all put different stresses and strains on our bodies through everyday life. It can be helpful to think of the body as a tent with lots of guy ropes. If some of the guy ropes (muscles) are too tight, it will pull the tent (body/skeleton) out of shape. This can result in pain, loss of range of movement or injury. Scar tissue and adhesions between the muscles layers can also result in pain and loss of movement. Sports massage can help to break down these adhesions, release the tight muscles, speed recovery from injury and surgery and maintain a balance within the body’s muscular system allowing the body to work as freely as possible.
Penny was first drawn to sports massage therapy not through sport, but through seeing the huge benefits of deep tissue massage in increasing and maintaining range of movement for her daughter who has cerebral palsy. Since qualifying, Penny has treated people with conditions ranging from sports injuries to physical disabilities, lower back pain to post-operative knee and hip problems, headaches to sciatica and aching shoulders to aching legs. Penny has had success in helping people for whom the GPs only response is painkillers.
What is Sports Massage?
Sports massage is the manipulation of soft tissue in which individual muscles are worked and problems can be diagnosed and treated.
Massage will improve blood circulation bringing oxygen and nutrients to the muscles. It will speed up recovery by removing waste and toxins. It will aid in relaxation, ease nervous and muscular tension and improve the immune system and digestion. It loosens up tight muscles and usually relieves pain.
At your initial consultation, Penny will discuss your problem and assess what treatment is necessary (if she feels a sports massage is not the appropriate treatment, you will not be charged for this appointment). A treatment generally lasts 30 minutes and in most cases you will expect to see some improvement straight away. If further treatments are felt to be necessary this will be discussed at the time. If you have several problems, or if Penny feels a longer treatment is necessary, you may be advised that a 60 minute treatment will be better.
Cost per Session
30 minute treatment - £20
60 minute treatment - £38