Tracy Challis BTEC Level 5 MISRM and Pregnancy Massage
Tracy is a fully qualified soft tissue injury, sports and remedial massage therapist. Tracy trained as a massage therapist 3 years ago after deciding on a change in career. She became interested in complementary therapy after suffering a shoulder injury herself; and following a lengthy rehabilitation period she developed a keen interest in complementary therapies and it was here that her journey to her new career began.
After completing her VTCT qualification in body massage 3 years ago Tracy decided that she would build on her training and undertook her BTEC level 5 in Soft Tissue Therapy with Cambridge School of Sports Massage (CSSM). Tracy is also a full member of the Institute of Sports and Remedial Massage (ISRM) and undertakes yearly continued personal development in order to keep her skills up to date and to further her knowledge in soft tissue work.
During her training with the CSSM Tracy not only perfected and built upon her general massage skills but also learned additional techniques to release muscles and increase ranges of movement. She now uses combined sports and remedial techniques with soft tissue release, neuromuscular technique and muscle energy to deliver comprehensive treatment. In doing this she can alleviate aches and pains from daily life as well as resolve muscular dysfunction and assist in the recovery from injury.
As a keen runner Tracy can relate to the benefits of massage therapy in order to keep muscles in top condition and enjoys working with sporting injuries as much as muscular ailments that have occurred through daily stresses and strains. Additionally massage therapy can help with stress, nervous conditions and depression due to the impact it has on the nervous system.
As a whole soft tissue therapy (or massage therapy) can help to reduce common issues such as; neck and shoulder pain, hip pain, leg pain, lower back pain, frozen shoulder, runners knee, shin splints, protracted shoulders, tension headaches, Strains, Sprains, overuse syndrome, RSI, depression, muscular pain as a result of autoimmune related conditions and Stress.
By working with each individual to establish fully where the issue is causing pain, restricted range of movement and interference in daily life; Tracy focuses treatment to improve this and see results that last.
Tracy has continued her massage journey by gaining her qualification in pregnancy massage and works with expectant mothers in their second and third trimesters. During pregnancy the body is required to go through a lot of changes in order to accommodate the growth of the baby. As the baby develops the expectant mother goes through postural changes that place extra work on the back and neck causing muscular aches and pains. In addition to this they may not be sleeping well, have hormone related headaches, swelling in the arms and legs and be feeling anxious.
Prenatal treatment can significantly improve the mother’s level of comfort, reduce stress and other pregnancy related issues as well as help in the lead up to labour. Regular prenatal massage can help to reduce the impact of pregnancy on the muscles and provide quality ‘me’ time for the mother to be. Following on from this post-natal massage can also greatly improve the body’s ability to bounce back.
By using a combined approach massage therapy can promote overall wellbeing, maintain healthy muscles and improve performance in sporting activities; while reducing the stresses and strains of modern day living.
Sports and Remedial Massage
Remedial massage (or sports massage) uses a combination of deep tissue techniques, Swedish massage, trigger point therapy and soft tissue release techniques to combat a number of muscular issues and injuries.
Specifically this type of massage can be used to enhance sporting performance, reduce the chances of injury, alleviate aches and pains and bring muscles back to their resting state.
Remedial massage isn't simply for sporting people and can be used to support muscular function for all.
Massage treatment should be targeted to the individual so that areas of tension, muscular dysfunction or injury can be improved. Deep tissue, Swedish and soft tissue release techniques can be applied in order to make these improvements.
Benefits of Treatment
Improved range of movement
Reduced recovery after injury
By applying a combination of techniques; recovery from injury, muscular dysfunction or Strains can be quicker.
Trigger point therapy may be used to alleviate areas of hyper-irritable tissue within muscles. By applying a sustained pressure these painful trigger points (knots) can be released. This allows the muscle to relax again and return to its natural state.
Positional release is effective in the relief of overall muscle tension or in cases of muscle spasm.
Muscular energy techniques use the bodies natural relaxation and inhibition of a muscle to re-set the tone of tight muscle tissues. This allows muscles to stretch and lengthen. It is a techniques that can be used to gently reduce restrictive tissues following surgery, injury or muscular Strains and ligament Sprains.
What to Expect
Consultation - this allows Tracy to gain an understanding of the muscular issues that have been causing pain, discomfort or reduced flexibility. It also gives the client an opportunity to discuss what they would like to achieve from their treatment.
Assessment - A postural and range of movement assessment will be carried out to identify areas of restriction, discomfort and dysfunction within the muscular system.
Treatment - Massage treatment will be individual to the client; this will include various techniques all aimed to target the issues or restrictions found during the assessment.
Reassessment - The same range of movement tests and postural assessments will be carried out to note improvements made during the treatment session.
Aftercare Advice - Each client will be advised on any stretches and exercises that will compliment their treatment.
How to Book an Appointment
Tracy works from two established clinics in March, Chatteris and Ely as well as from the clients home.
To book an appointment to see Tracy at March Podiatry Practice please call 01354 651200
To Book an appointment to see Tracy at Ely Complementary Health Centre please call 01353 664476
To book an appointment at Chatteris Osteopaths please call 01354 694050
or to arrange an appointment with Tracy at your own home please call 07580 435109 or use the contact function.