Cardiff Soft Tissue Release
Soft Tissue Therapy Treatments in Cardiff
We offer tailor made soft tissue release massage treatments for many and various injuries and conditions.
Our specialized soft tissue release treatments are suitable for people of all ages and physical conditions.
Aromatherapy essential oils may be blended to ease the effects of the inflammation associated with your particular type of pain or discomfort. Sciatic nerve pain may be addressed with various trigger point therapy treatments and myofascial soft tissue manipulations may best suit the release of the trapped sciatic nerve.
Soft tissue release is suitable for stretching soft tissues, primarily fascia and tendons. Constant ('dull') back pain may also be treated with hot stones therapy. This may drastically improve your lack of mobility, reduced range of motion, shooting pains and 'pins and needles' numbness.
CNHC Registered and fully recognised by most insurance companies
The CNHC is a government sponsored registration body for complementary healthcare practitioners.
The Department of Health advises all GPs to direct patients seeking Massage Therapy to seek out only CNHC (the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council) registered therapists.
Sports massage, Remedial massage, Swedish massage, Shiatsu massage, Hot Stones massage, Reflexology and Aromatherapy massage are all accepted by Health Shield
Sports massage, aromatherapy massage and Acupressure are accepted by Westfield Health
Please see their TCs.
Guidelines published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in 2009 recommends that patients with persistent, non-specific back pain have access to a choice of different treatments, including sports massage. The NICE guidelines state that "The effect of massage in patients with chronic back pain lasted at least a year after the end of treatment". It went on in s1.4.1 to advise GPs to "consider offering a course of manual therapy, including sports massage, comprising up to a maximum of nine sessions over a period of up to 12 weeks".
Shorter versions of the soft tissue release therapy may be performed without oil, over your (light cotton) clothing. This will mainly involve Shiatsu and sports massage trigger pointing. When performed in this way, this soft tissue release routine may be quite deep and invigorating, when needed.
For longer sessions of the soft tissue release therapy treatment, special hot stones therapy massage uses a highly specialised blend of Aromatherapy essential oils that will be tailor made to suit your personal needs (mainly anti-inflammatory oils). The use of the hot volcanic basalt stones deeply relaxes your soft muscle tissue and allows the painless and smooth release of any trapped nerves with minimal side effects. For long term use, aromatherapy products with specially selected aromatherapy essential oils, may best suit soft tissue release massage clients.
Soft tissue release sports massage is recommended at any time of the year, as needed - for neck pain, shoulder pain, lumbago, lumber, lower back pain, sciatica and many other conditions.
Soft Tissue Release massage client testimonials:
"World Class - Olympic standard.. I've visited City Marshall several times. Having ran in two Olympic Games and having a silver medal in one I'd say I've got some very credible knowledge and experience in world class massage therapy. I've had some of the best therapists in the world treat me in the past and I must say that Philip at City Marshall is one of the best therapists I've ever had. You get what you pay for and that's Olympic standard.... The best! I look forward to visiting again soon!"
Jamie Baulch, Welsh Olympic silver medalist 9 July 2015 - TripAdvisor
I just wanted to let you know that my back and neck are so much better. From crying with the pain before seeing you, to enjoying going to the cinema last night, its just fantastic! I bought the pilllow you said about from Argos and it feels good for my neck and back. Thanks to you I am getting to have a normal life and we will never be able to thank you enough.
Julie Timothy, 4 July 2015- via text
"Best massage in Cardiff. The massage and Shiatsu capabilities of Philip are superb and his ability to combine sports science techniques with acupuncture, reflexology with soft tissue work - are second to none. This, by no means, is a 'regular' massage. He first deeply scrutinises your health history and gives you a possibility to express your genuine concerns. He listens attentively and makes suggestions of possible courses of action. He will explain with great patience the different techniques and their possible benefit to you. Although he runs an extremely busy clinic, his consultations are never rushed and you are made to feel the centre of importance. Philip has helped me see the error of my ways and with a sharp eye and intuitive observations, corrected my posture with some great (and practical) tips. He showed me some easy to follow stretches that I now do religiously 3 or 4 times daily and had advised me about improving my nutrition and diet. He even gave me free cultivation kits to make my own kefir yoghurt and kombucha at home, which has made a huge difference for my digestive issues. All in all - YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR - and in Philip's case, this is a real bargain "
Jonathan B Newport, 5 July 2015- on Google
Sciatic pain discomfort - myofascial release. I have enjoyed my visitt to Marshall massage therapy clinic in Cardiff. He appears to have 20 years of great experience in sports injures, and pin-pointed my needs and addresed them within 10 minutes of seeing me. We focussed on myofascial release of my trapped sciatic nerve. It is now two monthes later - and there is still totally no pain! We had two times a full hour session, and both times, I was given an extra 15 minutes of free time when we dicussed diet, nutrition, ways of streching and general well-being. Marshall is an exceptional talent and you should seek him out on your visit to Cardiff
Lyndhurst S London, 15 June 2015- on FreeIndex
"For the last couple of years I've been dealing with lots of tension and pain on my back. Tired of seeing many different GP's and taking painkillers, I called Philip […] My pain has improved a lot and I also feel lighter and able to carry on with my day without issues."
Jennifer Ruiz Cardiff 23 March 2014- on FreeIndex
"Went with an ongoing back issue. Had the best massage therapy I've ever experienced and problem solved. Will definitely go again and recommend to anyone. Maybe a little more expensive than some retail masseurs but you get what you pay for. And for a comparative service and result it's very reasonable."
Karl Roberts, Maesteg 17 March 2014- on FreeIndex
"I have great pleasure in recommending Philip at City Marshall. He made me most welcome and listened to me whilst I explained my problem. I had been in real pain with a sciatic nerve problem in my right leg and after 3 treatments I am feeling the benefit his wonderful care My real aim is to do a lot of walking in the USA in 3 weeks time and I now believe that this will be possible. Thank you Philip"
Sandra Siddall Cardiff 22 August 2013 - on FreeIndex
"Whether you are suffering from pain, want to keep everything in check or simply want to fully relax, I can highly recommend City Marshall. I first attended when suffering from pains in my leg when running. Philip cured me via sports massage but also used acupressure when needed. "
David Lewis Cardiff 24 March 2013
"sports massage with trigger point therapy for lower back pain - Had the specialised back pain massage at city marshall in central Cardiff. The combination of sports trigger point therapy and Philip's deep insight into acupressure was very effective. The muscle tension, even after the first massage, was much reduced. After the third massage treatment we added more elements of yoga stretches and worked on my ROM mobility. Extremely professional and also deeply reassuring. Philip certainly cares and adds aromatherapy blends as well as some elements of reflexology to the over all effect. My back pain is now much reduced and I am much calmer at work. Highly recommend this blend of therapy to anyone with lower back pain or lumbago".
James Baker Cardiff 29 January 2013
My experience with City Marshall was phenomenal. When I first started out I had upper and mid-section back pain. After only a few sessions I started seeing positive changes. In addition to the Shiatsu massage I went for, there was a good mix of Thai and yoga stretches during each session which made a world of difference. Overall I had a great experience here and will continue with them!
Shiv Mand Cardiff University 17 January 2013
"I suffer from constant daily back and hip pain due to osteoarthritis.
And I didnt realise just after the treatment that I was no longer in pain.... This wonderful reprieve lasted approximately 3 weeks. I am so impressed that I have recommended him to family/ friends / work colleagues, and have asked family to not buy presents for Christmas for me, but to able me to attend this exceptional method of pain relief without popping pills."
Teresa Lloyd-Cox Cardiff 9 November 2012
Philip is an outstanding therapist who employs a range of methods along with massage to heal and treat aches and pains. I went to him with a pain in my upper back that I had had constantly for two months. Using hot stones, massage and reflexology he has managed to remove my pain in two to three treatments. I recommend him to you very highly.
Gabrielle Cardiff 25 July 2012
"After years of worsening back tension, a few visits to City Marshall have worked wonders. The stress in my neck, back and shoulders was extreme. Spa therapists had said I was one of the worst cases they had seen! Not only is Philip releasing the tension in my back and shoulder muscles, he also applies an holistic approach to treatment, drawing on his expertise across multiple disciplines. Philip has advised on back support at work; alleviated fluid retention; blended a warming massage oil and suggested targeted exercises to help. His treatments are therapeutic indeed. Philip is calm and considerate and ensures a comfortable environment. I would have no hesitation recommending him to others, I can not praise him highly enough."
Helen Stenton Caerphilly 18 April 2012
"I'm a professional dancer on tour here in Cardiff. I had been suffering with a trapped nerve for 2 months and had treatment by 2 physio's in London. Didn't help me at all. However after one hour treatment with Philip it's completely gone... Really wonderful!"
Jonny Bowles London 31 August 2011
Some techniques that may be used in soft tissue release sports massage therapy are:
- Soft tissue release, myofascial release & gentle kneading
- Active and passive release technique
- Deep tissue manipulation, cross fibre and friction - when needed
- Myofascial tissue release, both soft and deep tissue trigger pointing
Soft tissue therapy benefits may include:
- Mental and physical relaxation
- A true sense of restored well-being & balance
- A positive boost of energy and release of stress / tension
- Maximising the supply of nutrients by increased circulation
- Regulates blood pressure and may help in reducing cholesterol levels
Who can benefit from soft tissue release sports massage?
- Any body of any age regardless of physical condition or fitness
- Stress, tension, anxiety, headaches, migraine and insomnia
- Muscular spasms including stomach or lower body cramps
- Muscular aches and pains: sciatica, shoulder, neck, knee & back pain etc.
- Recovery from injury and from a training session
- Rheumatism, Arthritis & digestive disorders
- Repetitive Strain Injury & Carpal Tunnel
- Tennis / Golfer’s elbow & Tendinitis
Occupational & postural aches
- Hot & cold Stones Therapy – a wonderfully relaxing touch with significant recovery speed
- Essential oils – an Aromatherapy blend to suit your needs – anti inflammatory and anti spasmodic
Aromatherapy products – tailor made soaps, shampoos, creams, gels, facial sprays, after shaves and deodorants – carry the feeling home with you in a jar!
- Reiki chakra Balancing – 10 to 30 minutes achieving an even deeper sense of harmony
Prices are for reference only, as the soft tissue massage therapy will be tailor made:
- VIP soft tissue sports massage with hot stones (90 minute) £ 120
- Premium soft tissue sports massage (60 minutes) £ 80
- Shorter soft tissue sports massage (45 minutes) £ 70
each additional soft tissue UPGRADE* £ 10
KINDLY NOTE – BEST PREPARATION FOR A SOFT TISSUE RELEASE MASSAGE:
- CLOTHING: you may remain wearing your own underwear or receive a disposable one
- MEALS: avoid eating a heavy meal within 2 hours of the planned soft tissue release massage treatment
- DIET: you are respectfully advised to avoid consumption of alcohol, caffeine and nicotine on the day of your soft tissue release therapy treatment, to allow better toxic by-product elimination
- AFTER CARE: as a soft tissue release massage is generally balancing and harmonising, you may return to work or drive home as usual
Kindly note, for those receiving the VIP Hot Stones soft tissue treatments, you are strongly advised to use our kitchen downstairs, and help yourself to a soothing herbal tea, to allow further time to relax prior to returning to work or driving home