I am very experienced, having worked for almost a decade on professional athletes and non athletes. I have a lot of anatomy and pathology training and will help your body heal. ( This massage is the real deal, if you encounter a therapist who doesn't do what they say they do, please remember it is your right as customer to say something - this keeps the profession working well and discourages charlatans.)
What a typical session with me looks like :
We start with a 5 minute consultation to find out about your injuries and your previous medical history, also what you do for a job, what sports you play and what is your dominant hand
, etc. All of this tells us about the stresses your body deals with on a daily basis and gives clues as to how it might be stressed to cope with them.
I encourage my clients to communicate with me so that we can figure out where the source of the pain is - often where the pain is manifesting is not the origin. This a large part of our work together, we are trying to find the origin, this involves systematically working through different muscles.
I starting with gentle warming and kneading strokes and gradually work deeper, accessing which muscles are tight or overstretched. Using very deep strokes, Tapotement (tapping), Trigger point (finding a knot and placing pressure on it and then working the tension out of the fibres of the muscle). I use a technique called Myofascial Release which involves stretching the limbs and muscles to stretch the fascia (fascia is connective tissue that binds everything together in the body), reducing tension and restoring balance.
Communicating with the client I use a number scale to access the intensity of the pressure, there is nothing worse than a massage that is not deep enough or else one that is painful! (too much pressure is counter-productive because the body tenses to endure painful pressure as it struggles to protect itself and this also makes my work a lot more difficult. Ideally we want our work to be as relaxing as possible!
Part of what I do is help the muscle come back into alignment (they migrate during the course of our life, over-stretching opposing muscles). I use a method called Structural Integration, where using a fair bit of relaxed pressured I 'iron' the muscles back into place with pressure and very gradual movement, using either a soft fist or the forearm, its an unusual feeling, but really quite pleasant.
Post massage I spend 5 minutes showing you what muscles I believe are affected and why, so you can visualise what is happening. Finally I show you a few stretches or strengthening exercises to help you continue your recovery.
( Please note that if you would like a comprehensive fully body massage I recommend booking 90min or 2hrs. This is especially true if you have dense musculature .i.e are strong and are over 6 foot tall! )
Sports, Russian Sports and Deep Tissue Massage all improve the removal of metabolic waste, increases general mobility, reduces anxiety, improves blood flow and promotes muscle recovery and tone.
Price, as with experience can vary greatly.
£20 -£35 is reasonable for a spa massage, some clinics even charge £40 or £50 for 50 minutes.
£40 -£45 is reasonable for a 50 minute Sports Massage by an accomplished therapist. I personally am dubious of those charging £25 and £30.
I currently charging £45 for an 50 minute massage, 5 minute consultation and 5 - 10 minutes of post massage stretching education. Total time 65 min.
£65 for 80 minutes of table time (coupled with the consultation and post massage education. Total Time 95min).
£90 for 2 hrs - ( 110 min table time coupled with the consultation and post massage education. Total Time 125min).
If you would like a Russian Sports Massage and are unsure what this looks like please check out my wee video on Youtube- keystonetherapies Russian Sports Massage.
£75 for 90 min. £140 for 2 hrs. (RSM is vigorous and your immune system needs to be healthy else it can be detrimental. If you have cancer or any auto immune disease or are on your period I would recommend against receiving it.) This massage is very technical and very labour intense.
Confidentiality and Boundaries
I treat all the information gathered in the name of your treatment with confidence and integrity.
As my client I respect your physical and emotional boundaries.
Please note this is a therapeutic massage service and not a sexual, sensual or tantric one. I also don't offer trades with my clients.
Please don't contact me with requests for this kind of service.
To avoid disappointment give me a few days notice to secure an appointment. Please give me 48 hours notice if you wish to cancel or postpone an appointment.
Cancellations without more than 48 hrs notice incur a £20 cancellation fee. Given the nature of this site, some degree of trust is involved in this matter, please behave with integrity.
What type of massage is best for you?
Broadly speaking, I think body manipulation falls into 2 categories Spa and Clinical. (Bowen, Cranial Sacral and Reiki I consider more subtle energy work).
Spa massage is soothing, medium to gentle pressure, with long flowing strokes and rhythmic movements, causing breathing to become deeper and heart rate to slow, the body to soften and relax. This effect typically lasts for the course of the treatment and maybe a few hours afterwards, maybe the entire day.
The second type of massage is very different, the client is more responsive, present in a different way, the work is deeper, Not painful, but certainly more intense. This is typically what I do. Release happens as I apply pressure and communicate with the client. I use a number scale to access how much tension is being felt by the client. This allows them to be in control, and gives the confidence to relax, controlling the depth of pressure while I am able to accurately access the possible causes of injury and discomfort.
The relaxation derived from this type of work last much longer, a week or maybe more.
The difference between Deep Tissue and Sports Massage.
Deep tissue is as the name suggest deep work. It is more generalised than Sports, by this I mean that the therapist is not typically accessing the possible origins of an injury and working with the client to alleviate them. A Sports massage is a deep Tissue Massage that is more technical, at it's best, encouraging the body to heal itself.
Trained at Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan Centre for 8 Years, 3 years as a Novice Tibetan Buddhist monk.
Graduated as a LMT from Utah College of Massage Therapy- Nov 2009.
Trained in The Work of Byron Katie in Salt Lake City, facilitator accredited - Oct 2008.
Studied with Zen Master Genpo Roshi in Big Mind gestalt based meditation process from 2007 to 2011.
Completed 1 year Mindfullness training with Mindfullness Association in Dec 2013.
I hope we get to work together,
Please contact me if you have any concerns or queries
Mike McGovern LMT
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