"Each technique enhances and reinforces the effects of the others" Fairweather & Mari 2015

A fusion of Eastern and Western techniques that can be refined according to individual needs is the most effective and efficient way to help you move with ease and be pain free.


Clinical assessment

Chronic pain conditions are often more complex than just tissue damage. A thorough clinical assessment is led by you and takes in to consideration a wide range of physical, emotional and social factors involved in your pain. We’ll look at any history of injuries/ pains you may have, palpate areas of tightness, go through Range of Motion testing, discuss what you’re trying to achieve and the lifestyle factors that are possibly influencing your pain. This will inform the treatment plan and give an indication as to the length of massage therapy required. The ultimate aim is to get you moving with ease and pain free in the most efficient manner, we are happy to refer to other trusted healthcare professionals to ensure the best course of action for you if required.


Amma fusion & hot stones

These preparatory techniques help to ease the body into a relaxed state before beginning any deeper tissue work. Drawing inspiration from table shiatsu the deep compression work can be done over the drape to stimulate meridian channels. Holding acupressure points helps to calm and tap in to the parasympathetic nervous system where the body can begin its own healing processes.

Stones are used to efficiently warm the muscle tissues as well as for their relaxing effect. Again, anything that helps the client to relax first will make for deeper and more effective bodywork. The stones can also be used therapeutically to treat stubborn Trigger points as well as for Cryotherapy (cold) in treating acute injuries where there may be swelling.


Muscles do not, as we previously thought, just attach to bones as single units but connect from head to toe in a series of longitundinal myofascial continuities. Since fascia is the 'fibrous soft tissue component of the connective tissue system that permeates the human body' it is logical that tension in one part of the system may cause pain, lack of mobility or another dysfunction elsewhere. Incorporating fascial techniques can release areas of minor trigger point activity before more specific work is carried out. Myofascial techniques require traction on the skin as tissues are slowly and gently pulled, pushed and stretched and therefore no oil/wax is used. Fascial restrictions can take time to release and so patience is required, this is an ideal opportunity for clients to tune in to the subtle sensations during this process and so develop interoceptive awareness.


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forearm & deep tissue

Highly effective in relaxation and clinical massage, the Jing approach to deep tissue work results in more effect for less effort. The therapist can achieve depth and pressure to relieve chronic tension of soft tissue, reduce the impact of previous injuries and the resulting scar tissue or inelasticity that may be impacting on your body’s ability to heal or move properly. Generally we use minimal wax/oil for maximum grip and control to affect the deeper layers of tissue.


Extensive research into Trigger points shows that pain has a characteristic referred pain pattern, meaning that the site of your pain is usually NOT the primary source. With knowledge of Janet Travell's Pain Maps the therapist treats the full length of all the muscles around the affected joint for trigger points. 

Communication is absolutely key to finding and releasing the specific trigger points contributing to your pain. Although these techniques can be intense they should never be painful as this could cause further trauma to the already dysfunctional muscles. Using a pain scale of 1-10 the therapist always works below the client's pain threshold using static compression to release trigger points. Some are certainly to be more stubborn than others so a series of treatments is usually required for lasting results.


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Stretching & self care

Stretching should be part of everyones regular self-care regime. In order to maximally improve and sustain range of motion increases achieved in massage sessions Omnia Bodyworks puts an emphasis on teaching self-care & relevant stretching techniques to clients so that they can actively participate in their own healing. Different methods suit different goals, conditions, and bodies and so your therapist will include any of the below assisted stretching techniques. Expect to be gently moved and held in a range of positions to help you further the stretch and encourage the tension in your muscles to release.


static Stretching

This can be done passively, where the therapist takes the target muscle to the point of a stretching sensation and held in position for a count of 15-60 seconds. Or actively, where the client engages in the movement and uses a band/rope to bring the muscle in to a full stretch.


Proprioceoptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)

The first stage of a PNF stretch is the same as static stretching described on the left. from this point the client is required to perform an isometric contraction (engage the stretching muscle against the therapist's resistance) for approx. 5 seconds. The muscle is then allowed to relax and is extended into a further stretch passively. From this new position the client repeats the process again for up to 5 repetitions. We're essentially reeducating the nervous system into gaining more flexibility by fatiguing the muscle at each contraction.


Active Isolated Stretching (AIS)

This stretch combines strengthening (the antagonist muscle), stretching and a cardiac workout. It involves the client actively moving through a full range of motion to the end range followed by assistance into a short stretch either by the therapist or using a rope/band. 3-5 reps of 10 for best results this is great for pre-event treatment.