Recovery is important.
At EBC Therapies we offer a wide range of proactive and preventative solutions to our members. The prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries to people who have the common goal of staying fit and active and have a keen interest in their health and wellbeing.
Natalie Whipps Director and Lead Therapist of EBC Therapies.
BTEC Dip 5, MFHT, iMFT, RockDoc, IASTM
Sport & Remedial Massage & Injury Treatment Therapist
Natalie graduated from Essentials for Health with a Diploma in Swedish/Holistic Body Massage in July 2011 and immediately went on to achieve a Level 5 Sport & Remedial Massage & Treatments Diploma in April 2012.
This was quickly followed by a Pregnancy Massage Diploma and in April 2013, she achieved a Level 3 qualification in Integrated Myofascial Release Therapy. More recently, Natalie has gained a qualification in Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM).
She is also a RockTape certified professional (RockDoc) having completed full training in the application of kinesiology tape to help with symptom reduction, edema control, muscle fatigue delay, injury support and muscle stimulation.
Natalie is a member of The Federation of Holistic Therapists which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority and she works full time at Phoenix Place for Health. www.phoenixplaceforhealth.co.uk
She joined Essex Boot Camp as a member in 2012 and is affectionately known as Ginge or Whipps! She is a firm believer that “The Body Achieves What The Mind Believes”.
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EBC Therapies Services
Sport & Remedial Massage
Sport & Remedial Massage is a very deep tissue massage which uses a range of therapeutic techniques for the prevention, recognition and treatment of injuries. In addition it can also be used to provide support for people wanting to maintain and improve fitness.
There is often a misconception that Sport & Remedial Massage is reserved for elite athletes; this is not the case. Regardless of your sporting level, physical fitness or strength, massage can be beneficial and aid the maintenance and health of the body’s soft tissues.
Sport & Remedial Massage can be combined with Swedish Massage, Trigger Point Therapy and other techniques like assisted stretching and Myofascial Release to enhance power, endurance and flexibility and aid with the mobilisation of joints.
Due to the nature of this deep tissue manipulation it can sometimes be an uncomfortable treatment but your body will respond as muscle stiffness and tension reduces.
The Therapist uses hands, fingers, forearms and elbows to achieve results. Typically the aim is to relax the muscles and other soft tissues, increase delivery of blood and oxygen to the massaged areas, warm them and decrease pain.
Sport & Remedial Massage is the management, rehabilitation, articulation and manipulation of the bodies soft tissues including muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. The techniques applied during a Sports Massage can be used on anyone whether you’re a professional sports person or if you exercise socially, anyone experiencing pain, postural problems, limited range or quality of movement and stress can benefit.
Reported benefits include:
- Improved circulation and lymphatic flow
- Aids elimination of toxins and waste products within soft tissues
- Improved movement and function
- Improved relaxation of body and mind
- Helps manage stress
- Normalises muscle length, tone or imbalances
- Assists with pain relief
- Event preparation
- Increase flexibility
- Injury prevention
- Speed recovery from injury
- Aids reduction of in scar tissue
- Stimulate or sedate nerve endings
Myofascial Release (MFR) is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunction (impaired or altered function of related components of the bodies systems) and accompanying pain and restriction of motion.
Fascia is a 3D continuous web that extends without interruption from the top of the head to the tips of the toes. Fascia surrounds, infuses and protects every other tissue, tendon, muscle, bone, ligament and organ of the body.
In healthy conditions the facial system is relaxed and wavy in configuration. Following all physical and emotional traumas and through poor posture fascia scars and hardens and this causes internal structures to be pulled out of alignment causing abnormal pressure on nerves, blood, organs etc
MFR is mostly a very gentle and relaxing technique which can result in some incredible changes. Sometimes a Therapist will integrate MFR techniques into a Sport & Remedial Massage.
ROCKTAPE is a premium brand of kinesiology tape. It is used by a wide variety of health professionals throughout the world to treat injuries and pain.
ROCKTAPE can be used in a variety of ways to achieve different benefits:
- Fluid effect
- Mechanical effect
- Neurological effect
When applied properly, ROCKTAPE lifts the skin away from the muscle, which promotes positive changes in the body’s fluid, mechanical and neurological systems.
Commonly people wearing Rocktape report less pain, swelling and tightness, greater awareness of the area and later onset of fatigue.
ROCKTAPE is commonly used by athletes and health professionals to help with a wide variety of musculo-skeletal and sports injuries and to achieve the following:
- Reduce swelling, pain, tightness and stiffness
- Delay onset of muscle fatigue and cramp
- A therapist may use taping as a single treatment or on the end of any of the other treatments listed.
POSTURAL ASSESSMENTS AND, WHERE RELEVANT, ORTHOPEADIC TESTS WILL BE CONDUCTED ON ALL OF THE ABOVE TREATMENTS
Swedish Body Massage
The Swedish Massage is an excellent way to relax the entire body. It is beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins and easing tension and stress. Research has also shown that volunteers who had regular Swedish Massage had increased lymphocytes (white blood cells) that are part of the immune system and a boost in immune cells.
Swedish Massage is a system of long strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration and shaking motions that apply pressure between muscles and bones. Therapists use long gliding and kneading strokes to achieve beneficial results.
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is a tight area within a muscle that causes pain in other parts of the body. The pain can feel sharp and stabbing or dull and achy.
Trigger Point Therapy is designed to alleviate the source of the pain with isolated pressure and release. This is often integrated into a Sport & Remedial Massage.
(From the Second Trimester or after your 12 week scan and as long as there are no current complications or in previous pregnancies)
As your baby grows you may start feeling the strain!
Massage during pregnancy has many of the same aims and goals as regular massage; to relax tense muscles, relieve headaches, ease sore spots, reduce anxiety, manage swollen joints, stimulant circulation, ease an aching back and legs and may assist with a good nights sleep!
Pregnancy massage is specifically tailored to the needs of pregnant woman and their changing bodies. You will lie on your side with pillows for support and your Therapist will work with you to ensure your comfort is maintained at all times. Pregnancy is a time of great change, your centre of gravity will alter and this can put additional stresses on your back, neck, shoulders and abdomen. Pregnancy Massage may be able to provide some relief.