Making massage therapy part of your regular wellbeing routine can make a positive difference
The word massage comes from Greek root ‘masso’ meaning ‘to touch’ with its medical benefits advocated by the father of medicine the celebrated Greek physician Hippocrates – in year five BC, he wrote: “anyone wishing to study the art of medicine must study the art of massage”.
The power & benefits of touch have been recorded through history in various formats with evidence of its use dating as far back as the ancient cave dwellers – depicted in wall paintings & drawings of people massaging each other.
The Chinese Nei Jing, which is the oldest recorded medical text dating between c. 200 BC & AD 100, imparts numerous references to the use of massage or ‘somato’ for the purpose of healing. These techniques were adopted by Japanese practitioners around 1,500 years ago and have been used and developed through the centuries into the form – now known as Shiatsu.
It wasn’t, however, until the last century that Europe saw the rise in the popularity of massage and its relation to improving sporting performance become increasingly apparent. This notably can be attributed to runner Paavo Nurmi the ‘flying Finn’, who at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris won five gold medals. These included the 5K and 1.5K titles ran in the same day with only a 30-minute break between events.
Nurmi who took his personal massage therapist to the games, credited his success to a special massage treatment being an important component of his daily training programme.
In modern days, massage is widely accepted in the field of sport and is seen as an integral part of any training schedule for its importance to help the body adapt & recover from the growing physical demands placed upon it.
Massage works with the body by helping to promote physiological processes in order to support its natural balance. Its pumping effect improves circulation increasing the flow of fresh oxygenated & nutrient rich blood to organs and fatigued muscles whilst encouraging the removal of waste products and toxins such as lactic acid which if left can cause severe muscle soreness.
Tightness and tension in a muscle can be reduced by massage as it not only encourages the muscle to relax & lengthen but techniques applied are able to stretch specific localised areas thus increasing the range of movement available and decreasing the possibility of injury such as a muscle strain.
Following injury massage can be used to enhance the rate and quality of soft tissue healing by not only its circularity benefits as previously mentioned but also by serving to reduce the formation of scar tissue and break down adhesions that can be very restrictive to regaining normal movement and function.
Important health benefits can be attributed to the effects of massage as emotional stress caused by the pressures and trappings of modern day living have a negative sensory input on our nervous systems increasing physical symptoms such as headaches, muscle tension, insomnia and digestive problems.
Massage works on a sensory level stimulating the mechano-receptors that respond to pressure, warmth and touch and so on, thus having a positive effect on the nervous system. This allows for the reduction in overall tension throughout the body which in turn helps to combat the negative physical symptoms returning the body to health.
Massage for all
The benefits derived through massage work on so many different levels that whether you’re a keen sports person wanting to improve recovery and performance, a business person looking to reduce stress and occupational aches and pains, or a busy housewife juggling numerous roles in need of rejuvenation; making massage therapy part of your regular wellbeing routine can make that positive difference you’ve been looking for!
Our personal trainers create individual training programmes to help you achieve your goals
We offer personal training at our gym in Beverley and East Yorkshire that is equipped with all the latest equipment. A first consultation will involve a health assessment, followed by a discussion of your aims and targets which together will allow Duncan and his personal trainers to create an individual training programme to reach your goals.
Whether you long to be stronger, slimmer, fitter or more confident, Beverley Wellbeing is the personal touch you are looking for. We work alongside you during one-to-one sessions to increase your strengths and build up your weaknesses to provide you with a full body training solution.
At Beverley Wellbeing, core strengthening is central to our training and rehabilitation philosophy, as we strongly believe a solid core can benefit every sport or activity. With that in mindL, we focus a large portion of our programmes on strengthening and movement techniques for all level of abilities.
We pride ourselves on an exclusive gym membership, which means the often intimidating appearance of a public gym is none existent. And, with a full range of equipment on hand, there is always a machine or tool available no matter what time of day you visit.
Personal training is ideal for those with a specific aim in mind – whether it’s to achieve a long-term goal, such as climbing Mount Everest or running a marathon, or losing weight, or short-term goals, including a bride-to-be who wants to get in shape for their wedding dress.
Our knowledge of effective nutrition helps you to eat for energy balance & health needs
We can help you eat for energy balance and to meet your health needs.
Healthy Diet – the team will share their knowledge of effective nutrition with you, helping you to eat for energy balance and to meet your health needs.
Picked up an injury? Got a niggling pain from many sports activities? A pain while running?
Take advantage of Duncan’s experience at Beverley Wellbeing, knowing you’re in good hands. We will work with you to diagnose, offer treatment and advice to prevent potential future issues.
Duncan and his team work from their own gym and rehabilitation centre, complete with the latest equipment and facilities, including personal consultation rooms.
Duncan is a dab hand at tackling injuries – his work experience includes being head of sports injury at Hull KR for 12 seasons, looking after the Welsh national rugby league side during the 2000 World Cup, and working with Premiership footballers, top-flight golfers, and other professional and semi-professional athletes.
In fact, there can be few sport-related injuries Duncan hasn’t seen in his career. He’s also member of the Rugby League Medical Association, the Sports Massage association and the Northern Institute of Massage and Remedial Massage.
If you have a sports injury, or pain you are looking for help or rehabilitation, get in touch.
Common sports injury and pain we can offer assistance to:
ACL Injury, ACL Injuries and Skiing Achilles Tendonitis, Achilles Tendon Ruptures, Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder), Ankle Sprains, Ankle Fracture, Ankle Injuries, Anterior and Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injury, Arthritis of the Shoulder, Back Pain, Blisters, Blister Treatment and Prevention, Calf Strain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cartilage Injuries and Disorders, Cramping Muscles, Cycling Injuries, Elbow Injuries, Finger Fractures, Foot Anatomy and Physiology, Foot Injuries, Football Injuries, Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis), Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis), Growth Plate Injuries, Hamstring Pulls or Tears, Hamstring Injuries, Heel Spurs, Hip and Groin Injuries, Knee Anatomy and Physiology, Knee (Cartilage Injuries and Disorders), Knee Ligament Injuries, Knee – Meniscus Injuries, Knee – Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, Knee – Plica Syndrome, Knee (Tendon Injuries), Lateral Epicondylitis/Tennis Elbow, Leg Injuries (Hamstring, Quadriceps) Ligament Injuries of the Knee, Low Back Pain, Lower Leg Anatomy and Physiology, Medial and Lateral Collateral Ligament Injury, Muscle Cramps, Muscle Sprains and Strains, Neck Injuries, Neck Strain, Osteoarthritis of the Knee, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Overtraining Syndrome, Overuse Syndrome, PCL Injury, Quadriceps Pulls or Tears, R.I.C.E To Treat Soft Tissue Injuries, Rotator Cuff, Rotator Cuff Injuries, Rowing Injuries, Running Injuries, Side Stitch, Shin Splints, Shoulder Anatomy and Physiology, Shoulder Arthritis, Shoulder Dislocations, Shoulder Separation, Shoulder Fracture, Shoulder Tendinitis, Bursitis, and Impingement Syndrome, Skiing Injuries, Snowboarding Injuries, Sprains and Strains, Stress Fractures, Swimming Injuries, Tendonitis, Tendon Injuries and Disorders of the Knee, Tendinitis of the Shoulder, Tendinitis / Ruptured Tendons of the Knee, Tendinitis of the Wrist, Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis), Tennis Injuries, Torn Rotator Cuff, Whiplash, Wrist and Hand Injuries.
Our elite sports performance knowledge
is second to none
Duncan has elite sports performance knowledge, which has developed from 12 seasons of being head of sports injury at Super League’s Hull KR team, alongside the Welsh national rugby league side during World Cups – as well as looking after Premiership footballers, top-flight golfers, and other professional and semi-professional athletes.
With this experience the Beverley Wellbeing team can fine tune a programme for any type of individual or team sport specifically for you, simply get in touch to find out more.
Beverley Wellbeing has a wealth of experience alongside professional sports stars in rugby league, premier league football, and PGA golfers.
- Running Performance
- Strength Related Performance
- Golf Performance
- Sports Injury
Our personal phased approach is designed to get you leaner, stronger, faster & more flexible
We offer a periodised approach to training where you complete one of three phases of training for a negotiated period of time. Your individual programme will comprise several elements:
Where are you now? Where do you want to be? When do you want to be there? This is how we’ll get you there.
The screening process can be as detailed or as simple as you want it to be. We can record and review your mass (body weight) or we can calculate your percentage of body fat and identify what is lean mass and what is fat mass. Further body composition in terms of girth measurements can be recorded and tracked, as can important health measurements such as blood pressure and resting pulse. Cadiovascular fitness can be assessed and we can give you predicted or maximum estimates of VO2 (the maximum volume of oxygen you can consume and your maximal heart rate).
FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREENING:
This is a series of 7 movement tests to establish movement patterns.
- The deep squat is used to assess bilateral, symmetrical mobility of the hips, knees and ankles. The light dowel held overhead assesses bilateral symmetrical mobility of the shoulders and thoracic spine.
- The hurdle step is used to assess bilateral mobility and stability of the hips, knees and ankles.
- The in line lunge is used to assess bilateral mobility and stability in the ankles and knees.
- The shoulder mobility test assess shoulder range of motion, internal and external rotation, adduction and abduction.
- Active straight leg raise assesses active hamstring, calf flexibility and pelvic stability.
- The trunk stability push up is used to assess trunk stability in the saggital plane (on your front) whilst motion is performed.
- The rotational stability test examines multi planar stability with upper and lower extremity movement
- Blood Pressure
- Resting Pulse
- Body Composition