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Waiting List

I have started a waiting list for people wanting to book in for their massages once I am allowed to open up fully.

If you would like to be added then please contact me via one of the following:

  • Email : mollysportsmassage@gmail.com
  • Phone: 07908588096
  • Instagram: mollysportsmassage

I am hoping to know more after the next announcement on the 22nd when the Government has said they will be setting out a roadmap for reopening the country again.

Massage and your Immune System

I recently got tagged on Facebook by a friend telling me to watch a video showing and immune response following massage. I have always known that one of the many benefits of massage includes boosting your immune system, but this blog will give you all a little insight.

Massage and Immune response

A study covered by the BBC shows that compared to baseline results, after a massage the participants showed a 70% boost in white blood cells.

“The immune system is complex, and it’s not simply the case that increasing the white blood cell count in a person who already has healthy levels will improve their health. However T-lymphocytes do perform a wide array of functions in the body involved with growth and repair, which could in part explain why massage has been reported to help with so many conditions.”

This is one study, but that is a significant increase in white blood cells, even if you’re health it is important to keep your immune system strong and healthy. Massage is a simple way to help you stay fit and healthy.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5J0WJKFqPT3VCN9KwzbQCFd/could-massage-boost-your-immune-system

Massage and Stress

It’s a fact that high level of stress makes you more prone to injury and illness. Reduction of stress, is another benefit of massage. Stress increases your heart rate, you create more stress hormone cortisol, which leads increased blood pressure, headaches, lack of focus and sleep issues (I could name more). These all effect our immune system and make you physically ill.

Research has shown that receiving regular massage therapy helps boost our immune system and increase blood flow throughout the body. Massage increases the activity of white blood cells that help our body fight diseases and may help with reduction of cortisol.

Massage is a complementary therapy to conventional health care. It’s not meant to take place of, or stop you seeing, a health care provider for any medical or mental issues. Here are a few tips for reducing stress and boosting your immune system.

Massage and the Cancer

This is an area I am really interested in, can massage help cancer patients?

This study consisted of 34 post-surgery breast cancer patients, diagnosed with stage 1 or 2 breast cancer. They were divided into a massage therapy group receiving 30-minute massages three times per week for five weeks and a control group.

On the first and last day of the study, participants were assessed for both their psychological state and levels of immune system markers in their urine samples. The study found that immediate effects of massage therapy included reduced anxiety levels, depression and anger, while longer-term benefits showed direct impact on the body’s immune markers — such as increased dopamine, improved serotonin values and better lymphocyte levels.

They concluded that breast cancer patients experience significantly improved immune, NK-cells (natural killer cell) and neuroendocrine function after receiving massage therapy. Therefore, it could be argued that massage does in fact help – it could be psychological help but at the end of the day if it makes a patient feel better then why not give it a go?

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0022399903005002?via%3Dihub

Massage and COVID

“There is still so much unknown about the coronavirus, but having a healthy, functioning immune system will always be helpful in reducing the effects of the virus, if contracted, and, could possibly be helpful in prevention of even contracting the virus at all. Because massage therapy aids in improving the immune system, it is generally assumed that it could help reduce the risk of coronavirus infection,” said Vicky Karr LMT, a CE provider and owner of Spa Success.

My Thoughts

Okay, so this is some studies I am sure there are hundreds out there that contradict what I have said but most of the time they all do say there is some evidence of a positive immune response.

I am NOT starting a debate about COVID and massage – but surely if massage helps to keep the population healthy then why are so many spas, massage therapy clinics etc all not allowed to work? I know we need to limit the contact with others, but if we are in full PPE, purchase tests etc then why can’t we continue? (Okay I will stop now)

I for one know that I feel less stressed, more relaxed and generally feel better post massage. It is a holistic approach to your health, even 1 massage has huge benefits so why not give it a go?

I will be opening a waiting list again for when I am allowed to reopen for everyone – keep an eye on my social media to be added to the list.

Christmas Vouchers

Wow, I cannot believe its nearly NOVEMBER! Where has this year gone?

I feel incredible lucky to still be able to work and help people again. Since coming back post lockdown I cannot thank everyone who has booked appointments, likes my posts and sent lovely messages of support! You are why I love doing what I do 🙂

SO – some of you have been asking already (super organised) if I am selling vouchers for Christmas and the answer is YES!

I am selling both Pregnancy and Sports/Deep Tissue Massage vouchers, all the prices are the same as clinic prices and will all be available to purchase up until 24th December 2020.

To purchase a voucher please email: mollysportsmassage@gmail.com and I will explain prices and how to pay.

Open Monday 13th

I am so pleased to announce that I will be reopening from Monday 13th July 2020!

It is a very exciting time for me and I have been inundated with clients messaging me asking for appointments. Everyone on my waiting list has now been contacted so the online system is open to everyone now so please feel free to book yourself in. The rules that must be followed can be found on my last blog post so please read that before you attend the appointment. Sadly this will be the new ‘normal’ for a while now until we are told otherwise.

I want to say a HUGE thank you to all of my amazing clients who have messaged me, liked my posts and stories, purchased vouchers etc. I honestly cannot tell you how much that all meant to me and how needed it was to keep me going over what was the most difficult time for my little business.

I also want to mention my amazing boyfriend, Ben, and my supportive family who have put up with me, hugged me when I cried and told me that I would get through it even when I thought I couldn’t. They truly are the best and I do not think I will ever be able to say thank you enough!

Okay, enough of the soppy stuff!

I cannot wait to see you all and thank you all for your patience.

Molly xxx

COVID-19 Rules

Dear Clients,

Thank you all for your love and support throughout this time. It has not been easy for anyone and I cannot thank you enough for the lovely messages I have received throughout Lockdown.

Sadly, I cannot give you a specific opening date yet, but it is coming! I just wanted to let you all know the protocol that I will be following when the Clinic does reopen. Things may change as we go along to adapt to the situation so I would ask you to be as patient as possible.

What I have done:

  • Completed two online COVID-19 training courses
  • Learnt about PPE, how to use it and ordered stock

What I will be doing:

  • Deep clean the treatment room (when I can gain access before I reopen)
  • Remove all soft furnishings – no towels will be provided
  • Wearing PPE – I will be wearing a mask and visor.
  • Washing my hands before and after each client
  • Leaving 30-minute gaps between client to allow me to clean the room and prevent clients coming into contact with others on the way out/in. NEW clinic hours will be published soon to allow for this.
  • Cleaning the room thoroughly between clients with Anti-bacterial sprays and wipes
  • Deep cleaning the room at the end of the day on top of the above

What I need you to do:

  • Arrive on time, if you are early please wait in the car and message me you are here, if you are late despite the 30-minute gap I cannot go over your treatment time, this will have a knock on for my cleaning routine and could impact other clients
  • Please wear a face mask
  • As I cannot provide towels to cover you at this time, please wear appropriate clothing for a massage and to protect the surfaces for others e.g. sports shorts, lose fitting clothing 
  • I will be asking you to wash your hands when you arrive and there will be hand sanitisers available to use too
  • Contactless payment is preferable. When you book appointments, I will send you my bank details or you can pay via Contactless pay at the clinic. I will accept card or cash, but the other methods are preferred.

Illness:

  • If you or anyone in your household is unwell, please cancel your appointment and follow the Governments Guidelines
  • If you become unwell after seeing me, please let me know as soon as possible

I am sorry that there is such a long list, but it is mandatory that we all play our part in preventing the spread of the virus as best we can. Things may change before I reopen as the guidelines seem to be constantly updating so please keep that in mind, I will communicate this to you as best as I can.
Please keep an eye on my Instagram, Facebook and Website as these will be where most of the updates will go first.

I cannot wait to see you all again soon! I do have a waiting list open, so if you wish to be added then please let me know.

Many thanks,

Molly