With Mother’s Day on the horizon, why not treat mum or a mum-to-be to one of our Pregnancy, Post-natal, Sports or Relaxation massages. A great way to show you care. Vouchers can be posted to you. For more information or to book, call 07881 630 060 or email email@example.com
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Natasha Back Sports Massage in West Hampstead, NW6, is offering a London Marathon Super Deal.
To reinforce the importance of pre and post-event massage, we will be offering the following special deal to coincide with the upcoming 2016 London Marathon and all other running events
10 sessions for the price of 7
Don’t forget to get in early and book your post-event massages too
For more information or to book, call us on 07881 630 060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This Christmas, Natasha Back Sports Massage is offering 20% off all Sports & Pregnancy massage packages. Treat yourself or someone special. Vouchers for single treatments and packages are available.
Offer valid when packages are purchased before 25th December. Vouchers will be sent 1st Class
07881 630 060
These past few months have been really busy on the sports massage front, seeing a range of athletes including american footballers, boxers, footballers, cyclists, martial artists, a mountaineer, polo players, rugby players, runners, swimmers and triathletes who’ve all been training hard for various different leagues, events and distances. All of my clients have found that having regular sports massage has given them a great boost to their training, preventing injury, speeding up recovery and keeping them in all round good condition. It’s always great to get good feedback from clients and here are a few recent testimonials……
I have raced triathlons competitively for the last couple of years but have stepped up to national level races this season. I came to Natasha as the hardest aspect of my training was taking ‘the foot off the pedal’ and fully recovering before my big races. I have been getting a sports massage a few days before each race and I have found this has been the primary factor in allowing me to fully recover from my intensive training blocks and going 100% for the full race, an aspect I was struggling to achieve.
Since having sports massage pre and post competition this season my results have really improved to the next level. To date my results have been 47th out of 855 (7th overall in age group) at the Ripon Olympic Triathlon, 1st out of 123 people in the Gladstone 5km race which I set a personal best time of 17:18 and 2nd out of 377 in the Castle Howard Sprint Triathlon, my best ever triathlon result.
Getting a pre and post sports massage has not only aided me in being able to go harder and faster on race day but also in allowing me to recover and race again at 100% in a very short period of time
Having seen all the therapists in West Hampstead and Hampstead, I can vouch that Natasha is the best therapist by a mile. Having a strong background in sport, she can really understand the biomechanics of your body and uses this knowledge in her treatment. She is very willing to adapt techniques to specifically cater to your needs. She will go all out to ensure that you meet your goals. She is truly a big asset to West Hampstead
Arun – Climbing Everest in August/September 2015
I’ve had a great experience with Natasha, she’s really helped me with some long term back and neck pain. Always professional and flexible with scheduling, she took her time to enquire about details of my condition, explained medical details and gave good recommendations. Definite recommendation for anyone looking for a quality treatment
I’ve been coming to see Natasha regularly for the past 18 months as part of my training schedule while prepping for Muay Thai ring competition. My daily training is demanding and intense and I find that my dominant side gets very tight and my body takes a lot of punishment. The regular soft tissue manipulation combined with a strengthening and stretching regime has really improved my flexibility and range of movement, especially when kicking. I see sports massage as an essential part of my training now and feel that I get more out of my training sessions after seeing Natasha. Natasha’s always very supportive, encouraging and she takes a real interest in my progress
I started having regular sports massages with Natasha leading up to this year’s London marathon. 2015 began with me picking up a knee injury which was a real concern and meant I couldn’t stick to my desired training programme. I’d got into London with a good for age time and was desperate to get a PB; this set back had me thinking it wouldn’t be possible. My physio suggested I went to see Natasha to address muscular tightness and within 3 sessions I’d noticed a big improvement. My knee pain had reduced dramatically and both legs felt fantastic. Natasha was training for London too, so she understood how important it was for me to get to the start line. On marathon day itself, I ran a great race, taking 4 minutes of my previous PB and I had no issues with my knee either! I now come to see Natasha monthly for maintenance which I find really helpful. I’d recommend anyone training for a marathon to have regular sports massage
Based in NW6, West Hampstead, we also cover North West London and can offer home visits.
The importance of Pre and Post-event massage
When you give blood, sweat and tears all year, training for a big event like The London Marathon, the last thing you want is to injure yourself prior to the big day. Many athletes neglect to book in for pre-event massage due to last minute training.
Pre-event massage plays an important role in your training and preparation for a sports event or competition. Pre-event massage can be performed from two days to just before the event. Neither first time nor deep tissue massage is recommended as both can take a couple of days or more to recover.
Your masseuse will tailor all treatments to your specific needs at all times and pre-event massage is no different. All athletes handle competition differently, some will need a relaxing massage to calm their nerves; others will want a short, invigorating rub-down simply to assist in warming up their muscles, increase circulation and prevent injury. The emphasis here is on the main muscle groups that will be used during the event.
Post-event massage is equally as important as pre-event massage. Many athletes neglect to do a proper cool down after competition due to exhaustion, celebration or disappointment. The aim of post-event massage is to reduce muscle tension, soreness, and inflammation and to assist with overall recovery. This massage generally takes 15-20 minutes and should be performed right after the event to reduce the amount of recovery time needed by the athlete. It is recommended that you book in for a longer massage treatment in the 1-2 days following the event as well.
So if you are based in the NW6 area and fancy a consultation then please let me know on: 07881 630 060
Pregnancy is a time of many changes: physical, social, and emotional. Massage is a wonderful way to relax, increase your energy and relieve discomfort. The benefits of massage during pregnancy are huge and more and more midwives and GP’s are recommending massage during pregnancy.
Massage during pregnancy
• reduces stress on weight-bearing joints
• increases flexibility
• eases constipation, gas and heartburn
• reduces excess fluid retention
• slows the process of varicose veins
• relieves common discomforts
• reduces stress hormones which cause anxiety
Studies have shown that women who receive regular massages during pregnancy have lower rates of premature birth, fewer obstetrical problems and their babies are less likely to have postnatal complications.
My pregnant clients feel confident and reassured by my experience and background as a remedial massage therapist, certified in pregnancy massage. They also feel relaxed, knowing I am aware when massage is not appropriate, know what precautions to take and pressures to use, when to contact their GP and how to position them comfortably and safely.
If you’d like to book an appointment either at the clinic or in the comfort of your own home, call 07881 630 060. We’re currently offering a great deal on pregnancy and postnatal massage packages – 10 for the price of 8
Natasha Back Sports Massage in West Hampstead, NW6, is offering a London Marathon 2015 Super Deal.
To reinforce the importance of pre and post-event massage, we will be offering the following special deal to coincide with the upcoming 2015 London Marathon and all other running events
10 sessions for the price of 8 - This offer is only valid if purchased before the London Marathon, 26 April 2015
Don’t forget to get in early and book your post-event massages too
For more information or to book, call us on 07881 630 060
With Mother’s Day on the horizon, take advantage of our 20% discount on Pregnancy, Post-natal, Sports & Relaxation massages and treat your mum or mum-to-be. This offer is valid throughout March. Vouchers can be posted to you. For more information or to book, call us on 07881 630 060.
Good foot care is essential for any runner, especially those covering long distances. Failure to look after your feet can result in painful conditions that inhibit your running. Below is a guide to foot care prepared for me by a very experienced marathon runner and client of mine, Max O’Kane.
I’ve been treating Max for 2 seasons now, giving him regular sports massages to facilitate his training. Max runs for The Serpentine Running Club and will be running this years London Marathon in the Mens 60 age category after a 19 year break! He has a marathon PB of 2 hours 32 minutes! Pretty quick! Max takes excellent care of his feet and has prepared this guide to foot care for other runners to benefit from………..
A GUIDE TO FOOT CARE FOR RUNNERS
Runners know the pleasure their sport can deliver. Unfortunately there can be a downside: Calloused, blistered feet often result from miles of foot pounding. Below are some handy hints on foot care that will make your running more comfortable, and daily wearing of shoes more relaxing.
Firstly, some advice on how to tidy up the damage to feet……
Gem Blades are a single edged blade. Take care they are sharp. Using a Gem Blade carefully, you can make thin, shallow slices in a stroking style to remove calluses and dried up old blisters back to skin level. Particularly useful for along the side of big toes (neck of toe) and inner big toe mound (big joint), and toe tips.
Once this is done you should use a Foot Polisher rubbing across the trouble areas to smooth away any remaining hard or dead skin, leaving feet feeling noticeably smoother. It is recommended you do this in the shower the day following your weekend long run, as the feet will be a bit tender immediately after a run. Once you have done the Gem Blade procedure this can become your regular maintenance to keep feet in great shape, preventing build up. Even just twice a week with the second the day after your mid-week long run will really help.
The most organic Foot Polisher is a Pumice stone found on the sea shore. But, of course, there are commercial versions. The Salveped Foot Polisher comes in two coloured sides, blue and white, with one a coarser grain and one finer. Commercial foot polishers come in all shapes and sizes.
With your feet back to a nice comfortable feel there are ways to prevent further damage.
2nd Skin Adhesive Knit is fantastic way to prevent calluses, blisters and black toe (blood under nail). Cut the sheets into appropriate size strips and apply. To keep on during a run it’s a good idea to apply to the big toe once around the toe from the outside, then apply a second strip from the inside, back overlapping the first. For toe tips place over the toe tip back along toe length, top and bottom, and a second strip around the toe. Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline) is OK across Adhesive Knit and makes a good lubricant on all feet areas.
Spenco 2nd Skin is very good for treating blisters. It is a ‘gel’ like pad that comes between two sheets of plastic liner. Just cut to size to cover blister and apply Adhesive Knit over it. Both Adhesive Knit and 2nd Skin can be bought together in one pack.
Products mentioned above can be bought at pharmacies, particularly the big chains, and certainly all can be bought online
These are general hints for self tidy up of your running feet. It is important that if you have, or develop, real foot issues or problems that you consult a podiatrist. You may feel comfortable seeing a podiatrist, or chiropodist, to do the initial cleaning up of calluses