By way of introduction, my name is Danny and I run Stillpoint Massage at the Pilates Foundry in Guildford. I am a sports massage therapist and also an advanced myofascial release practitioner.
I am passionate about helping people improve the quality of their lives. My aim is always to work with the body and not against it. I try to dispel the ‘no pain, no gain’ philosophy as I don’t believe this theory. The exception, (isn't there always one!) is for Trigger Point Therapy. A trigger point can be a particularly irritable muscle knot that can refer pain across the body. I always work within the boundaries of what my client can tolerate. No two people are alike so open communication is essential.
Often I see people after they have tried, the physio, the chiropractor, the osteopath, the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker eventually when they hear about what massage therapy offers they turn to me. I have had really good success helping people overcome both chronic, (pain which persists over 12 weeks) and acute, (more immediate pain).
Most people come to me with sore shoulders and stiff necks after spending endless hours desk bound starring screens. I do treat a wide range of conditions in my clinic, including:
It’s not uncommon to have someone tell me “I think I have Sciatica” and it could well be they have but in my experience, their first port of call is to Dr. Google who sometimes can be wrong. One way to determine sciatic pain is to ask if there is heat associated with the discomfort. Sciatic pain often presents as a sharp hot pain something like a nerve pain.
My treatment plan includes specific trigger point work around the hips and glutes. Moving you, my client into different positions on the couch can help to identify the real source of the problem. Add in some focused specific stretching and the results have proved that often it’s not a sciatic problem. A tight piriformis, (internal hip rotator) is often a more likely culprit and a referral pain pattern mimicking sciatica is discovered.
Now Fibromyalgia is a condition which affects up to 4% of the UK population. That’s a large number of people who are forced to live with the condition and unfortunately rely on prescription drugs to ease the symptoms. There is currently no cure. I was contacted by a client to see whether I could help her manage the condition.
My treatment has helped her to lift the lethargy and associated ‘brain fog’ and it has given her back the all-important quality of life. The techniques I used were light massage, cranial sacral work and Myofascial Release (MFR).
Myofascial release is a non-invasive technique, which treats the fascia. So now, what is fascia?
The anatomist Tom Myers uses this visual explanation, "The body is constructed like a building. The skeleton and bones are the bricks piled on top of each other that keep the body upright. Muscles move the bones and fascia fills the gaps".
Myofascial release consists of light movements, focused intention and slow stretches to encourage the fascia to move so it feels different to more traditional massage. This change is slow but by freeing the fascia, it can help clients to move more freely to feel lighter and less restricted.
“I like my holidays but if I had to choose between them and massage then I'm afraid the holidays would have to go”.
“For the first time in months I went for a walk and had no hip pain. I didn't know if it was the sunshine or your treatment” (I said probably a bit of both).
If you would like more information on anything mentioned here or would like to make a booking, please get in touch.
Currently, we offer these treatments at The Pilates Foundry:
- Sports Massage
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Myofascial Release
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Hot Stone Massage
And we run clinics on:
- Thursday evenings
- all day Saturday