Michael O'Neill Massage Therapy & Reflexology in Dover, Kent

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Massage Therapy

Soft Tissue Therapy/Sports & Remedial Massage & Injury Rehabilitation


Massage Therapy. Back Pain Folkestone

Soft Tissue Therapy, Deep Tissue & Sports Massage

My treatments draw from a wide range of massage techniques and may include advanced soft tissue techniques, stretches, relaxation work or deep tissue and sports massage, injury specific treatments and rehabilitation These elements combined will be determined by your needs.

Please scroll down to fined out about the different types of massage treatments I offer.

Not sure what treatment is right for you?

This is something we can discuss together in our first session. It often helps to clarify a little what you are hoping to gain from the treatment and your needs and goals. Very often I find that people most benefit from a combination of massage techniques and we will discuss a treatment plan to suit your needs on your first session or please feel free to call or email me.


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Deep Tissue Massage and Sports Massage.

Deep Tissue Massage relieves severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissues. It works on the second and deeper layers of muscles and is a deeper, more focussed treatment.

When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement and inflammation.

Deep tissue massage works by breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles. To help achieve this I will often use a variety of many direct deep pressure techniques to help remind the brain and nervous system there is some kind of dysfunction within the area encourage the body’s natural healing ability.

Deep tissue techniques are focused on areas with problems whilst firm Holistic Massage is used in other areas of the body. Deep Tissue/Sports techniques are not used on the entire body in one session as this is not necessary and can be painful. This is counter-productive as healing requires relaxation.

What are the benefits?

Conditions such as sciatica, repetitive strain injuries, carpal tunnel, chronically tight shoulders, stiff necks, headaches, lower back pain and many more may be eased with a Deep Soft Tissue massage treatment.

  • Improve suppleness and flexibility of muscles and joints;

  • improve circulation

  • Relax stressed and tight muscles

  • Release scar tissue after injury or operations

  • Aid the removal of waste products that build up within the muscle.

    Deeper tissue massage therapy can be used to help treat a wide variety of back pain, headaches, tension and postural problems.Tension and waste products in muscles can often cause pain. Massage helps reduce this in many ways including releasing the body's endorphins.

    Who will benefit from this treatment?

  • Athletes, runners, people who use the gym.

  • Clients with muscle and soft tissue strains and sprains

  • Clients with fatigue in certain areas – Office workers, lorry drivers, builders, etc.


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    Holistic (or Swedish) Massage

    Holistic (or Swedish) Massage involves the manipulation of the body’s soft tissue (the skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments) using the hands in a gentle, flowing massage technique that uses varying degrees of pressure and stretching movements. It is most commonly used for relaxation, improving well-being, lymphatic drainage and by relaxing the muscles and tendons to help improve movement.

    Each session is specifically tailored to your needs and so the treatment you receive will be unique, to you, taking into account much more than just superficial aches and pains.

    My treatments draw from a wide range of massage techniques and may include gentle massage, stretches, relaxation work and deep tissue massage. These elements combined will be determined by your needs.

    As well as understanding the muscular-skeletal structure of the body, we will also take into account key body systems, such as circulatory, lymphatic and respiratory, in order to fully understand the impact of massage on all aspects of the person.

    Massage works by improving circulation and lymphatic drainage aiding the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells whilst at the same time eliminating toxins, releasing muscular tension and boosting the immune system. Relaxing massage will deepen the breath, calm the mind and reduce the effects of physical and emotional stress on the body.

    By carrying out an initial consultation at our first session, I can learn about your medical history, determine how you are feeling and how you would like to feel as a result of the treatment. With this in mind, we’ll create a unique massage to suit your needs. My approach involves working ‘with’ you rather than doing a massage to you.


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