Orchid Fitness Massage Therapy and Pilates
Suffolk, Norfolk & Hertfordshire

Frequently Asked Questions

Massage from Orchid Fitness

Benefits of Massage

Both Sport,Remedial and Seated massage may help to:
•Reduce muscle fatigue and soreness
•Increase blood flow (circulation)
•Lower blood pressure
•Improve posture
•Improve lymphatic drainage
•Remove waste products and toxins
•Improve joint flexibility and range of motion
•Strengthen immune and nervous system function
•Help you to relax
•Relieve stress

What is Sport & Remedial Massage?

Remedial massage therapy simply means using manual therapy techniques to try to "remedy" a problem. To offer a remedy I aim to do more than just relieve pain. I use a range of techniques including Soft tissue release, Neuro muscular release, Muscle energy techniques, muscle length and function tests to help remedy the problem. I also try to help you understand how the problem came about and how it can be avoided in the future.

In addition to the above benefits this type of massage can also:
•help with the recovery of injuries
•keep muscles mobile so they are less vulnerable to injury

It isn't just for Sports people, why not give it a try.


What happens during a treatment?

Sport and remedial Massage

After the initial screening and feedback discussion an assessment of your posture is undertaken, usually in your underwear. This will help to determine the areas of your body which need work and to gain a fuller picture of the reasons why your injury /pain occurred.

The therapist will work on specific areas agreed on by you both. This may not include the whole body. The treatment is more interactive and will sometimes require you to work with the therapist.

Screening information

You will be asked to answer some questions about your health, lifestyle and why you want the treatment. Certain conditions are contraindicated for massage. These are listed below:
•Cancer
•Thrombosis
•Heart condition Stroke
•Diabetes
•Kidney problems
•Thyroid problems
•Oesteoarthritis
•Epilepsy

I would need to decide if massage would be appropriate if you have any of these conditions. We would need you to obtain written consent from your doctor, before making a decision

Seated Acupressure Massage

Seated acupressure massage (sometimes also called on-site massage) is based on the traditional Japanese acupressure technique called anma. Anma is Japanese for 'press and rub'’ and this therapy aims to stimulate the acupressure points in the head, neck, shoulders, spine and lower back.

Unlike acupuncture, seated acupressure massage does not use needles. Instead we use our hands to stimulate the energy points which can be found all along the meridians, or energy lines, of the body. The massage involves a specific sequence of movements, which are designed to improve the flow of energy throughout the body and balance and strengthen the body's muscular, circulatory and nervous systems.

The treatment takes place in aspecially adapted chair which supports you in an upright position.The treatment takes place fully clothed.


What to look for in a Pilates class

As a new client you are asked to complete a questionnaire regarding health, well-being and injury. If needed a referral from your doctor or practitioner may be required.

Classes with 12 or fewer participants for improver and above; 10 or fewer for beginners.

Individual attention, help and correction offered in 1-2-1 sessions; to a lesser intensity within the group classes.

Constant observation and communication with both the group and individually.

Classes run on a course basis to allow me to get to know you individually, develop specific exercises or adaptations and change exercises each term.

Classes which use a variety of teaching aids, full length mats, blocks, bands, knobbly balls and various support methods for individual use. Equipment such as blocks and supports to enable me to offer adaptations where appropriate.

Pre and post natal clients are catered for on a one to one basis or within the group classes.

Group Classes, are run as courses; usually in conjunction with the school terms. I do run classes during the school summer holidays. Costs vary depending on the class that you are attending.

Pilates Courses

Classes run on a course basis to allow me to get to know you individually, develop specific exercises or adaptations and change exercises each term. The classes use a variety of teaching aids, full length mats, blocks, bands, knobbly balls and various support methods for individual use. Equipment such as blocks and supports enable me to offer adaptations where appropriate.



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