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“friendly, approachable and professional”
Working with Michelle is a real pleasure, she's a real people person. Friendly, approachable and professional in her work. Her personality and expertise have ensured the highest of standards with many of our corporate clients, including London City Airport and Newham Council. If you are looking for a therapist with whom you can feel at ease and trust in their ability, you should book Michelle.
thorough and holistic approach
I meet Michelle through Twitter when I commented that I was having issues with a frozen shoulder. When I met Michelle she did a very detailed assessment and asked lots of questions about my pain and movement - I really liked her thorough and holistic approach. She listened to me throughout the treatment and had a good balance between administering the treatment and making sure she wasn't hurting me. My shoulder felt a lot better after the first session - I was seeing her once a month before lock-down and my shoulder felt almost back to normal. With the exercises she gave me to do at home throughout lock-down my shoulder is much more mobile and with a lot less pain. If you are looking for a professional and top quality sports massage therapist I would absolutely recommend her.
knowledgeable and friendly
Michelle is knowledgeable, friendly and always listens to me. I will be back!
patient and understanding
I have always found Michelle to be patient and understanding whenever I see her for personal training and sports massage. She always goes the extra mile to ensure my concerns are put to rest and motivates me to continue with my training. I always feel brighter physically and mentally after a session with her.
helped my marathon running
I've been having regular sports massage with Michelle for a couple of months. In that time she has helped me by identifying problems and helping me overcome them, including IT band releases, tendon problems, and general stiffness from running. Michelle also gave me advice on the best stretches to minimise the impact of marathon running on my body. Michelle is so professional and is always ready to research a pain or muscle group to get to the route of the issue. I'd recommend (and have!) Michelle to anyone for sports therapy and will be seeing her again soon.
What is Functional Fitness?
As someone who has just entered her 50’s I understand perfectly how fitness levels and health can change with age. A good level of fitness is achievable at any age – we’ve all seen 90 year old marathon runners who put us to shame – but as is the case for many of us – including myself, health conditions often materialise as we get older and the ageing process can start to slow us down which can make movement more challenging. With this in mind, Fit for Longer is geared towards ‘functional training’ which basically means focusing on improving the movements you do every day: bending. lifting, twisting, pushing, pulling and loading, with the aim of keeping you fit and mobile for longer.
What does a session involve?
Before you lift a weight your movement, stability and flexibility levels will be assessed and improved to ensure you can move efficiently and support your own bodyweight. This will be achieved by a program of stretching, massage, postural corrections, core stability training and unstable surface training. This is something that is often missed in personal training programmes but is an integral part of training to help avoid injury. Once your upper and lower body strength has reached a level where you can manage your own weight (think push ups, chin ups etc), we will progress to external weights to further increase your muscular strength and cardiovascular fitness levels.
Whether you are a regular keep fitter, occasional gym goer an office worker or a busy mum, a niggling injury or pain can often make everyday movement difficult, uncomfortable, or stop you doing things you enjoy. General wear and tear due to the ageing process can also inhibit flexibility and movement which is why a regular sports massage should be a part of your fitness and health regime to help identify and correct postural issues and aid faster recovery from injuries. If you book a functional fitness session sports massage is included as part of your functional fitness program or they can be booked as an add on to your own fitness program. A sports massage is the perfect way to keep you in tip top condition and ahead of the game with muscular skeletal issues.