If you’re in pain or wanting extra help with recovering from an injury, book in a session with Cherie or Emily – our wonderful massage therapists. They’re in a league of their own when it comes to technique, care and in-depth understanding of the human body, and they’re recommended by health and medical professionals up and down the country.
Cherie and Emily work their magic on some of the country’s most renowned athletes, as well as stressed-out business people and those in need of some TLC after an operation.
In addition to the more “standard” techniques on offer at Physio Remedies, our massage therapists often incorporate other massage skills too – such as Somassage® and Myofascial Release Therapy – depending on what your body needs.
Meet our specialists
Cherie Duir Howe
Cherie has over 30 years’ experience as a trained massage therapist, and she combines a number of bodywork therapies – such as SOMA®, Hellerwork®, Rolfing® and Somassage® – to create a slow, cohesive and completely individual session.
Her special interest and focus lies in working with pre- and post-surgery clients, and chronic or acute injury recovery work – especially scar tissue and complicated/complex issues.
Emily gained her Sports Massage qualification in 2014, and then spent a year in Australia working with sports teams and at triathlon events.
Now at Physio Remedies, she specialises in helping injured athletes get back to peak performance through soft tissue release work and Kinesio® taping.
Since good sleep plays a large part in recovery, Emily is always keen to help those suffering from sleeping difficulties. The combination of a slow, flowing massage and breathing exercises can help bring calmness to the mind and body, which encourages restful sleep later on.
OUR STANDARD MASSAGE THERAPIES
Specific massage techniques are used to release deep-seated tension, muscle spasms and trigger points. If there are root causes to any pain or discomfort – such as muscle imbalance, past trauma, biomechanics, trigger points, emotional stress or nutritional factors – we’ll find them and address them.
DEEP TISSUE BODYWORK
Perfect for if you have a specific problem (such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, muscle tension or a sports injury), deep tissue bodywork uses slow strokes and firm pressure to unwind and release muscular spasms and restrictions in the body.
Deep tissue bodywork is sometimes known as “the painful massage”... but not when it comes to our professional therapists. They believe that the correct pressure at the right place – and for the right amount of time – will cause the body to respond more positively and start healing faster than overloading already painful and stressed tissue. The more comfortable you are, the deeper the work can be.
OTHER MASSAGE THERAPIES
(Please call if you’re interested in any other massage therapies not mentioned below: there’s a good chance our therapists are trained in them too.)
STAGE SPORTS MASSAGE
This uses specific treatments for specific sports disciplines. “Preparation”, “prevention”, “maintenance” and “recovery” techniques are all incorporated to benefit the professional sportsperson or weekend amateur.
SCAR TISSUE REDUCTION
Scar tissue reduction is about gently freeing restrictions and restoring ease and range of movement for pre- or post-operative patients. It’s ideal for those recovering from injuries that need a more specialised treatment.
SOMASSAGE® NEUROMUSCULAR DEEP TISSUE BODYWORK
If you’ve never tried Somassage before, prepare for something a little bit different. The practitioner uses a unique system of “body reading” that allows them to develop specific, personalised treatments for each person. Where Somassage differs most significantly from other treatments, however, is that it’s an active session: you’ll be taught certain movements to help you find mobility and flow in your body.
Somassage helps you to release tension, increase flexibility, feel relaxed yet energetic, and have an overall sense of wellbeing.
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE THERAPY
Myo (muscle) and fascia (a continuous band of connective tissue) are fibres that work together to protect our tissues and organs, enabling us to move without restriction or pain. While fascia is normally “wavy” and flexible, physical or emotional trauma can cause it to harden. The effect? Feelings of tightness, pressure and pain in any parts of the body that are affected – such as the hip, shoulder or even head.
Myofascial Release Therapy involves applying pressure to the connective tissue restrictions in order to break down the “hardness” and tension. It’s a safe and gentle technique, and it quickly leads to pain relief and restored motion.