Massage therapists Alison Wilkins and Joe Walls from Oak Tree Therapies worked wonders on the aching limbs of our Brighton Marathon and BM10k runners this week, when they visited our offices in Sayers Common.
The pair used their skills in sports massage, and deep tissue massage to target tight muscles, joint aches and tension, all of which gave our runners a much needed boost as the big day approaches.
“My calves and thighs felt so relaxed after the sports therapy massage, and when I trained that evening it really helped – definitely less leg ache the next day,” said Adam Cox, FMG Product Manager for Infinity who is running the 10k race.
Emilie Whitmore, Product Manager said: “I have been suffering from knee pain in recent weeks and was sure to point this out to Alison for her advice. Not only did she give me a lovely (somewhat painful at times!) massage to my legs she gave me some great advice for my future running exploits! Legs feeling brand new ready for the marathon on Sunday!”
“Joe gave me some great tips on how to cope with weaknesses around the knees which is a bit of a problem area for me,” said Russell Winterburn, Ad Operations Manager, at FMG. “He worked on the muscle groups that will help me get through the 10k, and I certainly felt the benefit immediately after the treatment.”
Why do massages help runners?
“In any sustained training programme, particularly marathon training, the muscles are required to contract repetitively,” said Alison. “The greater the contraction, the greater the force generated. This leads to a shortening of the muscle fibres, which in turn decreases flexibility and circulation within the body of the compressed muscle tissue.”
She explained that massage focuses on restoring flexibility of the muscle by lengthening muscle fibres, improving circulation and helping to remove metabolic by products and waste. “Runners who incorporate a regular sports or deep tissue massage into their training programme effectively help to prevent injuries before they arise.”
Seated chair massage
Alison Wilkins also demonstrated the benefits of a seated chair massage during the visit – something that is proving increasingly popular in businesses across Sussex, helping stressed out workers find a moment of calm in their hectic, high tech lives. Employers are seeing the benefit of incorporating this into their wider wellbeing programmes.
“With so many people now working long hours at computers, and largely desk bound, this is a great way to reduce work stress during the day. Regular massage can be carried out in a quiet room in the workplace, with recipients fully clothed, seated leaning forward on a special chair. We’re seeing amazing results in reducing workplace anxiety and helping relieve and reduce headaches, neck and back pain and RSI.”
Alison Clements, PR and Communications Manager certainly found the benefits. “In 15 minutes the seated chair massage eased tension in my neck and shoulders and left me feeling relaxed and refreshed, ready for the rest of the day. Alison was excellent at explaining the benefits of the treatment, and worked on knotted muscle areas that definitely needed attention.”
About Oak Tree Therapies
Oak Tree Therapies is a Brighton-based company that offers Massage@Work and WellbeingDays@Work to small businesses and corporates. The company also offers massage treatments from Rottingdean and Brighton based treatment rooms.
Cients include: OST Energy, Neilson Holidays, GTR – southern rail/Thameslink and Great Northern trains, 15 below and F10.
Alison trained at London School of Sports Massage in 1997 now offers Sports Massage, Deep tissue Massage, Reiki (qualified Reiki Master 2011) and is currently in her final year of training to become a Zero Balancer. (July 2016)
Joe trained at the College of Classical Massage in Brighton and is a qualified holistic, deep tissue and Myofascial massage therapist.
What should you expect?
Each treatment is tailored to your individual needs and can be injury specific or holistic (a full body treatment). Reiki healing is incorporated, when necessary, to maximise the healing potential of each massage.
Treatments available in Rottingdean , Brighton, and in the workplace.
For more information contact Alison Wilkins on 07721 639 376
Visit the website http://www.oaktreetherapies.com/