Closed Until Further Notice

I am very sad to say that I have had to stop all trade due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The safety of my clients is the most important thing to me and it would not be fair to risk spreading the virus if I was to continue massaging at this time.

For those of you who don’t know, I set my business up when I left University nearly 4 years ago now. I worked very hard to build the amazing client base I now have and I cannot thank them enough for their continues support and well wishes at this time. This is not the end for Molly Sports Massage, if anything I am viewing it as a time to reflect and grow my business so that I can come back stronger than ever once all of this has passed.

What can you do to help small businesses?

  1. Buy Gift Vouchers to use when this is over – please email me and I will explain how to purchase one of mine (mollysportsmassage@gmail.com)
  2. If you can afford it keep paying your memberships to Gyms etc.
  3. Like and Share their posts on social media – help them grow their following
  4. Write a review on Google or Facebook
  5. Share your experience with the business on your Social Media – e.g. try my stretches / exercises and share the results on your instagram stories

 

Stay safe everyone, I cannot wait to see you all on the other side!

Coronavirus Update

Dear All,

At the moment I am still very much OPEN to clients both at the Clinic (Locker 27) and Home Visits.

In the clinic I am doing everything I can to ensure the couch in particular and other furniture is throughly cleaned in between each client. Every client must was their hands before receiving any treatment and I am asking all clients to provide their own towel, a small had size is a necessity and then a larger one if you wish to bring one. For home visits I am asking clients to provide ALL towels.

At this time, please use your common sense. If you or someone in your household is self-isolating and/or displaying symptoms, please do not come to the clinic or request a home visit. I need to be able to work as long as I am allowed so must remain fit and healthy.

I do have gift vouchers for Pregnancy and Sports Massage available for Mothers day or Birthday presents for anyone that wishes to purchase one.

Thank you for your constant support and understanding, I will do everything to keep you updated on any changes.

Molly

Tech Neck

What is Tech Neck?

Tech Neck is the pain and stiffness in the neck area caused by constantly using your Smart Phone and other devices. On average we spend 3 hours 23minutes per day on our devices with 16-24yr olds spending closer to 4 hours! Most of us don’t even realise how often we check our devices until this pain occurs.

What is the cause of Tech Neck?

 Our necks are designed to support the average 10-12 pound head, this weight becomes significantly heavier when tiled forward and is no longer supported by the rest of the body. In fact, the amount of force exerted on the cervical (upper) spine as a result of this downward head tilt can reach up to 60 pounds of downward force. It is no wonder that the muscles in the neck supporting the head begin to ache and hurt.

Symptoms include:

  • Stiff neck: soreness and difficulty moving the neck in particular after long periods on a device.
  • Pain: it can be localised in one spot or spread over a larger area. The pain can be a dull ache or a sharp stabbing pain
  • Radiating pain: the pain can travel down into the shoulder or down the arm
  • Headaches: sub-occipital muscles tightness can cause tension headaches
  • Muscular weakness: mainly in the shoulders; traps, rhomboids and into the rotator cuff muscles.

How to treat Tech Neck

  • Massage – regular massage is a brilliant tool to help relax the muscles either side of the neck and into the shoulders to relieve the pain you are feeling
  • Regular neck movements: rotations, side bending and chin tuck exercises (see my Instagram: mollysportsmassage for exercises)
  • Ice pack on the spine – this will help to reduce any inflammation in the cervical spine and heat packs on the muscles to help them to relax

How to prevent Tech Neck

Cut the time on your devices is the key to prevent tech neck. I understand that people rely on devices to do their jobs, but you must take regular breaks and make sure that your desk set up is correct. When using Smart Phones try to position the device higher up close to eye level to reduce the stress on the neck.

Devices have become such an integral part of our lives and as they are relatively new it is hard to say exactly what the long-term effects on our bodies will be. However, by using preventative measures it is possible to keep that pain in the neck away.

Pregnancy Massage

I am so excited to announce that I am officially qualified in Pregnancy Massages. I recently went on a short course at St Mary’s to learn everything I needed to know about this new treatment. I learnt about the hormonal, physiological and emotional changes the body goes through during pregnancy and how massage can be incorporated to support each stage.

Some people worry about massage during pregnancy but it is perfectly safe from 12 weeks right up until baby arrives. A lady who was on my course told me she had a massage on her due date and said it was the best way she could have prepared for the birth! If your pregnancy is deemed ‘high risk’ then you must seek your midwifes advice before getting a massage, most therapists will ask for a letter of consent before doing the treatment if you’re in this category. If you are ‘low risk’ you do not need a letter.

To see all the benefits of Pregnancy massage please have a look on my treatments page.

The treatment will be available at Locker 27 and Home Visits from Monday 2nd December just in time for you to de stress before the busy Christmas Period.

I will also be releasing Pregnancy Massage vouchers – a perfect Gift for any Mum to be.  

Christmas Vouchers

It’s that time of year again when we are all starting to think about what to get people for Christmas. Why not give them something they really want and give the gift of massage!

To make it even more appealing, YOU get 10% off your next massage with every Christmas voucher you purchase for a friend or loved one. Definitely a win win gift.

To purchase a Christmas Voucher please email me at mollysportsmassage@gmail.com – you will then be sent the voucher via email OR you can come in and pick it up from Locker 27.

Vouchers are not refundable, cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers and must be used by the expiry date.

New Logo

I would like to take this opportunity to launch my new logo – it has taken me 3 years to change my original standard Vistaprint one and I keep wondering why?!

I think that it is because when you set up a business you are your harshest critic and maybe I felt that I did not want to jinx it! But, I can honestly say I am SO proud of my new design. I chose to incorporate elements of anatomy and sports as that sums me up. I am a hockey player; I love sport and I am fascinated by the human body and how it functions (hence the degree in Sports Science). The purple is because it is my favourite colour – and if you’ve been in my room at Locker 27 then that is pretty obvious!

I have been at Locker 27 for 2 years now and JUST working there for about 16 months. I can honestly say that although it has been tough at times, it has been such a fun experience building my client base, designing the logo, going to local events and working with the most amazing team of people.

On that note – I would like to invite you all to come and see me at my stall at the Girl Power Fit Fest in Walton, Surrey (instagram – @girlpowerfitfest). I will be offering 10 minute massages for £5, also at the event there is food, drinks and fitness classes! It will be so much fun and I cannot wait.

I would also like to tell you about my amazing prize draw. Head over to my instagram account throughout this week for a chance to win the different prizes that I will be announcing every day. Each prize has a different set of t&c’s so keep an eye on those as you do not want to miss out!

Thank you for the support for the last 3 years and hopefully your continued support in the future.

Ice VS Heat – what to use and when

When my clients get injuries or niggles, they often ask what should I do? Should I ice it? Should I heat it? And How long for? Well in this blog I will be answering these questions.

It is important to note that these treatments have mostly been ignored by science: the benefits are far from proven, and obviously it’s not a miracle cure that fixes your injury. However, they have been known to relive symptoms, they are a cheap, drugless way of taking the edge off a variety of common painful problems.

Basics:

Ice is for recent injuries — calming down damaged superficial tissues that are inflamed, red, hot and swollen.
Examples: a freshly pulled muscle, a flare up of Tennis Elbow

Heat is for muscles, chronic pain, and stress — taking the edge off symptoms like muscle aching and stiffness
Examples – Muscular back pain

 

Ice Treatment

Ice is most commonly used when the injury is acute. If the injury has occurred recently (within the last 48 hours) then your main objective is to reduce the swelling, then you need to ice. Ice helps to minimise swelling around the injury, reduce bleeding into the tissues, and can even reduce pain.

Ice can also be used for chronic conditions, such as overuse injuries in athletes e.g. tennis elbow. I recommend that ice be used on the injured area after activity to help control inflammation and reduce the chances of a flare up. DO NOT ice a chronic condition prior to exercise/sport.

My favourite “ice pack” of choice is Frozen peas as it moulds around the injury site. Never place ice directly on the skin – use a damp tea towel and keep the pack moving to avoid ice burns. You should ice for 10-20 minutes.
I have recently read that you shouldn’t use ice packs on your left shoulder if you have a heart condition – so please be careful if this applies to you.

How ice works – the cold causes blood vessels to constrict (get smaller), this can help to minimise the damage and thereby reduce the amount of repair

Heat Treatment

Heat treatments are used for chronic conditions, the heat helps to relax and loosen the tissues and stimulates blood flow to the area. Heat can be used before exercise for over-use injuries.

Heat should not be used straight after activity, and do not use heat after an acute injury (occurred in the last 48hr). Never use heat where there is any swelling, swelling is caused by bleeding in the tissue and heat will draw more blood to the area causing the swelling to get worse.

Heating tissues can be accomplished using heating pads, hot water bottles and wheat bags. When using heat treatments, be very careful to use a moderate heat for a limited time to avoid burns. Never leave heating pads or towels on for extended periods of time or while sleeping.

How heat works – increases blood flow to the area, this provides oxygen and nutrients to aid the healing process and restore movement

When not to use cold or heat treatments:

  • On areas of skin that are in poor condition (e.g. cuts/rash)
  • On areas of skin with poor sensation to heat or cold
  • In the presence of an infection