Soft Tissue Therapy, 121 Coaching, Women's Health
Massage, soft tissue therapy treatments and 121 coaching sessions aimed at restoring optimal physical and emotional health during pregnancy, Motherhood and beyond.
Treatments at the Willow Clinic
Please take a look through my range of treatments and 121 sessions available.
Not sure which appointment you need to book? Don't worry, please get in touch if you're not sure or book the session that applies to you most and I'll be in touch before your appointment for more information.
Massage, Advanced Soft Tissue Therapy & Rehab
This 1 hour treatment session is suitable if you're experiencing any pain, tightness, tension, aches and lack of mobility anywhere in the body or recovering from injury or even surgery following injury or joint replacement. Utilising advanced techniques like Soft Tissue Release (STR), Muscle Energy Techniques (METs), Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy, these treatments help gently to loosen restricted connected tissue and fascia, encourage lengthening of overactive muscles, carefully untangle congested muscle fibres, and smoothly release points of tenderness in muscles and fascia caused by repetitive movements, poor postural alignment, tissue trauma/damage, overload as well as emotional stress.
Some common issues I see clients for include:
Back pain including sciatica,
Neck and shoulder pain,
Repetitive strain disorder (RSI),
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome,
Frozen shoulder or general shoulder pain,
Sporting injuries (Achilles Tendonitis, knee complaints etc.),
Mysterious pain which is persistent but has no diagnosis despite testing.
Please note, if you are experiencing pain, it is very uncommon for issues to be fully resolved in one session. Reducing/eliminating pain is a process and therefore I do recommend my Pain Protocol package or at least 4 treatments over a period of 4-8 weeks depending on the severity of your pain.
If your focus is more on PREVENTING pain/injury, x1 monthly sessions are recommended.
Women's Wellness Massage
This 1 hour treatment is my "less is sometimes more" treatment. The main objective being relaxation and restoration. Conversation is kept to a minimum during these sessions (I'll let you lead the way here), so you can focus purely on switching off and enjoying techniques used to unwind tension from the body and mind. No further description required!
C-Section Scar Therapy
This treatment is for women with a c-section or any other scar which has recently healed or is years old. Scars can cause pain, internal pulling, tightness and numbness over and around the scar tissue. Scar therapy (including massage therapy, soft tissue techniques and movement) helps to improve the mobility and look of the scar itself and the function of the tissues surrounding the scar.
A Scar Therapy session can be booked as a one-off session initially although I may recommend a short course of sessions for more troublesome scars.
Core Restore sessions are designed for women who would like to improve the functioning of their core and pelvic floor, reduce pelvic floor related pain and/or achieve a flatter tummy. The "core" contains a whole system of muscles and after pregnancy into Motherhood and beyond, this system can become imbalanced leading to pelvic floor issues, an "empty inside" feeling, and the inability to achieve a better looking, stronger tummy, which your current programme of crunches, planks and other abdominal/core/Pilates training is not achieving. Core Restore sessions can be booked like regular personal training sessions, but an initial one-off session is advised at first for a thorough consultation and assessment.
Diastasis Recti Recovery
100% of women have a Diastasis Rectus Abdominus (DRA) by the end of pregnancy, which is a stretching of the tissue that lays between the six-pack muscles. Dependant on various different factors, including genetics, nutrition, hydration, breathing pattern, exercise choices and posture, the healing of DRA can require specific intervention. This treatment includes an assessment of DRA as well as treatment including massage therapy, individualised exercise, and healing nutrition advice.
Myofascial Release for Pelvic Health and Prolapse
This 121 session is for any woman looking to improve core and pelvic floor function including reducing pelvic pain, treating symptoms associated with incontinence, and prolapse/heavy feeling in the pelvis.
This session will involve an advanced soft tissue massage therapy technique called myofascial release as well as appropriate movement/exercises. Myofascial release is a very slow soft tissue technique designed to "unwind" tightness and reduce sensitivity in the the body's fascial tissues which surrounds and supports the body's muscles. It's a hands on session so I will manually correct technique and positioning to support restoring optimal function of the body. As a Sports Therapist and specialist in Women's Wellness, together we can work to treat injuries, dysfunctions and improve issues like pain and tightness that may currently be limiting your current exercise regime and/or daily life. Please note, I do not cover any internal work for the pelvic floor, but I'm happy to refer to a local Women's Health Physiotherapist if I feel you would benefit from this.
Postnatal Health Check
This postnatal health check is all about YOU. It involves an in-depth assessment on muscle imbalances which can contribute to postnatal aches pains, and dysfunction, posture, core and pelvic floor functioning, c-section scar assessment (if relevant), nutrition to support healing and some non-judgemental emotional support following the birth of your baby. This check does not include any interval pelvic floor assessment, although I can refer you to a pelvic floor physiotherapists should this be recommended.
A Postnatal Health Check can be booked as a one-off session below. You may like to take a look at my other New Mum services.
My postnatal massage offering reduces aches and pains associated with your new role as Mum. Extended periods of time sitting feeding and new repetitive movements related to caring for your new baby can commonly lead to back, shoulder and neck pain. Postnatal massage also helps to induce relaxation and provide you with an opportunity for some much needed 'me-time' to improve emotional as well as physical wellbeing. There is no minimum of maximum time after delivery that you "qualify" for a postnatal massage, so take this time whenever you can!
Mum On The Run
Mum on the Run are comprehensive 121 sessions to support you in your quest to returning to running after having a baby.
These sessions are also suitable for women who are already running but feel their technique and training can be more pelvic floor friendly. Maybe you are picking up injuries or experiencing some pelvic floor dysfunction or pain during or after running?
Fix Your PMS Programme
As many as 3 in 4 women experience PMS symptoms each month with symptoms varying from bloating, cramping, tender breasts, headaches, clumsiness, low tolerance for noise or light, irritability, tiredness, sleep problems, anxiety, depression, mood swings, low libido, poor concentration, and food cravings. These symptoms are not just a part of being a women and whilst they are common, they most definitely are not normal.
Your body is trying to tell you something. Are you ready to listen?
Women's Health Personal Training
Transform your health and fitness from struggling with tiredness, anxiety, body confidence, hormonal health and lack of motivation to getting back to your life feeling in control and confident physically and emotionally.
My role here is a personal fitness and wellness coach rather than an instructor or therapist - a role to fully support you in optimising your root core foundations of health, nutrition, sleep, exercise and stress management.
I will use my expertise in women's health and fitness to not only guide you through personalised exercise sessions, but also help you make evidence-based decisions on your physical and emotional health for long-lasting change.
Antenatal Private Coaching
If you need the extra accountability of working our with a personal trainer live and face to face/virtually to prepare for late pregnancy, labour and birth, then these sessions are for you. Sessions are bespoke to your needs and I can work with you through any pregnancy related aches, pains and conditions to keep you active through your pregnancy. I recommend that sessions take place regularly in order to establish the adherence and consistency. You can book sessions one at a time below, or click here to book a discounted block of 10.
Postnatal Recovery Coaching
If you need the extra accountability of working 121 live and face to face/virtually to restore your alignment, core and pelvic floor, replete (not deplete) your energy further, and reduce new Mum aches and pains, then these coaching sessions are for you. Sessions are bespoke to your needs and I can work with you through any postnatal related aches, pains and conditions to help you return to movement and activity, and reconnect with your body safely.
Therapeutic Pregnancy Massage
Your body undergoes many changes during pregnancy and it is common to experience discomfort such as pelvic girdle pain, low back and specific issues such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. My pregnancy massages take a remedial and corrective approach in order to improve alignment, offset excessive postural changes, reduce swelling, ease aches and pains, support emotional health, reduce stress and promote relaxation.
Pause are bespoke sessions for women navigating peri-menopause or starting to notice changes in their monthly cycle and/or experiencing new symptoms. Sessions will include, as appropriate, exercise, movement, soft tissue therapy, discussions on lifestyle change. Advice is individualised and based around the stage of hormonal change you are currently experiencing. As a Sports Therapist and specialist in Women's Wellness, together we can work to treat any injuries or dysfunctions, and offset current or future health concerns associated with the hormonal shifts during menopause including bone, heart, pelvic floor and mental health.