We are currently closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
We are desperate to re-open, especially as we fell through the gaps with the government self-employed furlough scheme. However, after carrying out a risk assessment we have come to the conclusion that it wouldn’t be a safe course of action.
As a population, we are told to social distance, to use contactless payments, and to wash our hands frequently especially after touching shared surfaces. Yet we are told that as masseurs we can have hands-on contact with patients, with limited PPE, in a confined space for up to one hour. The World Health Organisation has now stated that airborne transmission of the virus may take place in a confined space (this is different from droplet transmission from coughs and sneezes and can be produced by talking and simply breathing) the droplets are smaller and stay in the air for longer making cleaning surfaces between patients inadequate protection.
We understand people’s frustration, especially as the individual risk to a patient visiting the clinic is relatively low, and one most people would be willing to take occasionally, especially if in pain. However, the risk to masseurs who, day in day out could be exposed to the virus will be considerably higher. We have calculated, using information from the government website, that 1 in 3600 people are shedding the virus at any one time. With the number of massages we expect to do, over the next six months, we estimate the chances of coming into contact with a carrier of the virus are very high and the risk to be unacceptable.
The health of our patients, ourselves, and our families, and the continued good reputation of our profession is paramount even if it means sacrificing our wage and struggling over the next few months. This has been a difficult and heartbreaking decision to make but we are not alone in drawing this conclusion.
Please contact us for a free telephone consultation to discuss your condition, and we will be able to offer you advice and exercises. Please keep an eye on this page for further updates.
Although we run the clinic with the highest standards of hygiene, we have a duty of care towards our patients, and have to consider the close contact nature of what we do.
We wish all of our clients and their families the best – stay safe and well.
We offer Remedial, Sports and Swedish Massage at our clinic in Plymouth.
We tailor the treatments to your individual needs. If you have any questions about our treatments, what’s best for you, or whether massage can help you, please give us a call, we are happy to have a chat.
For Remedial and Sports massages, we advise you to book at least a one hour session on your first appointment to allow for examination and assessment.
|Block of 3 x 60 Minutes||£105|
Remedial Massage is a form of Deep Tissue Massage. It is a clinical treatment that also integrates techniques not normally associated with other forms of massage. It is also good for general aches, pains and injuries.
Remedial Massage tends to be deeper and is much more targeted than Swedish Massage. However we do use the long, slow and gentle strokes associated with a classic massage to relax the patient and prepare the area to be worked on.
After an examination and assessment, we will identify which tissues and areas of the body are dysfunctional. We will then focus a variety of practical techniques towards resolving the problem. Reduction of muscle tension and release of soft tissue in one area will often produce favourable changes in the body’s overall alignment and balance.
Orthopaedic conditions such as back pain, arthritis, neck stiffness, frozen shoulder, sciatica, postural issues and knee injuries respond well to this treatment.
We use a variety of manual therapy techniques to manage musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, including soft tissue release, trigger point therapy, joint mobilisation and muscle energy techniques. We also use thermal therapy and use ultrasound when appropriate.
Remedial Massage aids recovery and helps increase mobility and reduce pain. Assessment and rehabilitation procedures enable us to understand how the problem started and how it can be avoided in future.
You don’t have to have an injury to benefit from Remedial Massage. Prevention is better than cure and a regular “tune-up” can enhance the performance of sports people and helps anyone achieve optimum health.
Swedish Massage is energising yet relaxing . We use classic strokes and techniques, focusing on the back, neck, shoulders and legs.
This is the most practised form of massage in western culture, and has important physiological benefits. It is very effective in relieving joint stiffness and pain, and promoting suppleness in the muscles. Quality of sleep improves.
A Swedish Massage treatment is an opportunity for you to thoroughly relax. It relieves stress and anxiety, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Sports massage reduces muscle tension and promotes flexibility. This in turn improves performance, helps to prevent sports injury, and aids recovery. It is beneficial to all who play sport, from those who have just taken up exercise, to elite athletes.
The techniques used and the benefits of a sports massage will vary, depending on your needs:
Pre-event massage is brisk and stimulating, to loosen up muscles and prepare the mind and body for sports performance. It can be performed anything from a couple of days to immediately before an event.
Post-event massage is an important way to help your body to calm down and recover from the stress and strain of a sports event. The soft tissue is stretched and relaxed, returning muscle tension to normal. It can decrease inflammation and speed up recovery time considerably.
Maintenance massage is given between training sessions to keep the muscles flexible, and break down minor injuries and lesions that occur from overexertion. This enables you to train with less chance of becoming injured, and can also help with energy levels and motivation.
Rehabilitation If you are suffering from an injury, we use a variety of techniques including massage and joint mobilisation with the purpose of alleviating pain and returning the body back to its normal range of movement.
The Muscle Clinic is located very near to the South West Coast Path. Come and see us if you need a massage to keep you going en route!
We are experienced in Sports and Event Massage, and can provide massage at your race, match, or festival.
We have massaged Championship Footballers, Surfers, Dancers and Actors and have worked at a wide variety of locations including Theatre Royal Plymouth, Country Shows, sports fields with fell runners, and Youth Hostels with walkers and climbers. If you are organising a sports event, festival or show, contact us to find out more.