Connective Tissue Therapist
Bridget qualified with the LSSM (London School of Sports Massage) in 2004, with a BTEC Level 5 Diploma, and is a full member of the ISRM (Institute of Sport and Remedial Massage).
She also holds an ITEC Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology.
Between 2009 and 2012, she undertook training to become a full KMI Practitioner (Myofascial Integration), to add postural treatment to her deep-tissue skills.
More recently, she has undertaken training in the relatively new area of scarwork.
What is Connective Tissue Therapy?
Connective Tissue (technically described as fascia) supports, connects and separates the organs and tissue in our bodies to give us structure and fluid mobility.
However, because it provides us with our elasticity, it is also a primary cause of physical pain, occurring when connective tissue is under tension, such as through injury, strain, over or underuse or just wear through age.
Connective tissue therapy is an amalgamation of therapeutical skills, including deep tissue acupressure (sports and remedial) massage, structural integration (KMI), neuro-muscular stretching and body reading, each designed to address specific connective tissue problems.
What can Connective Tissue Therapy do for you?
Bad posture is a major cause of anatomical pain, whilst also inhibiting your mobility.
Unfortunately, it is also self-perpetuating, as our connective tissue will adapt to our posture to cope with positions that are not ‘natural’, allowing our posture to degenerate over time.
Structural Integration begins with a body reading to assess physical structure and posture, followed by a series of treatments to adjust our connective tissue back to its optimal condition for pain-free posture.
Short-term physical pain caused by injury, trauma or over-exertion is treated by deep tissue massage.
This will typically involve a few sessions to focus on the specific area needing treatment, correcting the damage to the connective tissue to release pain and accelerate healing.
In most cases, no more than two or three treatments will be required, unless the damage is particularly severe through the nature of the injury or the time elapsed since the pain began.
A more specific component of remedial treatment is scarwork, which involves targeted treatment of scar tissue to help restore its natural elasticity and reduce the visual impact of the scarring.
Whilst specific sports injuries will be dealt with by remedial treatment, where the focus is on a specific area, deep tissue massage is also a highly effective way to improve sporting performance.
For anyone serious about their sport, sessions prior to competition will improve the flexibility and strength of tissue and muscle groups that are most used, and will be varied subject to the sport in question.
Unlike remedial treatment, performance massage will focus on all of the tissue and muscle groups that will be used in competition, rather than just areas affected by strain or injury.