Fully qualified Soft Tissue, Sports Massage and Integrative Oncology Therapist
Serena is always wanting to provide a service to for each client to experience the best treatment and support they can from injury/pain management and rehabilitation.
Within Women's Health and Oncology services Serena focus' on reclaiming. Reclaiming the body after childbirth, after Cancer treatment and after all trauma related to the female body. Using touch to provide a service of support, understanding, growth and reconnection, to the mind, to the body, to exercise and to wherever else it is you want to go.
Soft Tissue Therapy
The Sports Massage Association describes Soft Tissue Therapy as; 'the managment, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues in the body including muscles, tendons and ligaments'. Soft Tissue Therapy uses an array of techniques to treat the body bridging the gap between deep tissue massage and a treatment that you may receive from an Osteopath, Physiotherapist or a Chiropractor. Soft Tissue Therapists can offset the work of other therapists because some injuries may not need Physiotherapy or Osteopathy but would benefit from hands-on-work that is more tailored and specific than a deep tissue massage.
Some techniques you may experience in Soft Tissue Therapy include (but are not limited t0o); massage, acupuncture, cupping, IASTM & manipulation. So you could go to a Soft Tissue Therapist specifically for one of these treatments however, it is good to note that not all Soft Tissue Therapists will have the same skillset. If you know you really want cupping with massage or if you would like dry needling with massage then Soft Tissue Therapy would be great for you. Equally if you have pain and you're not sure what you need you can you can always email and ask or come in to better understand what Soft Tissue Therapy is. Should you require more extensive work involving diagnosis, a Soft Tissue therapist can refer you on to somebody more specialised.
Just like other hands-on-therapists, Soft Tissue Therapists can have an area in which they specialise. Some may prefer to work injury rehabilitation whilst others prefer general body maintenance. Some may have a preference for dancers whilst others may like to work with runners.
SMT hands-on-therapy uses Soft Tissue Therapy to help you reclaim your body after trauma has occurred. What do we understand trauma to be? Physical trauma could be as small as a paper cut or is could be as severe car collision. It could be amputation, it could be childbirth and it could be domestic violence. Truth is, trauma comes in many different forms and the effects don't always occur straight away, they can take years to appear and by the time that they do, they may have changed from their original format and seem unrecognisable to us, disguising itself as a new pain. As we understand in more detail the connection between the mind and the body we are able to understand that it is near impossible to heal one if the other is still experiencing the trauma and we have a tendency to keep going until something makes us stop whether it be fatigue, illness, or pain.
Though I see people for an array of injuries SMT has a focus in Soft Tissue Therapy for Womens Health and Soft Tissue Therapy for Female Oncology.
What does this mean?
Womens Health physiotherapists work specifically with the female body and female health. Trauma to the pelvis can occur after an accident, after childbirth, after an infection, illness, surgery and abuse. Women's health physiotherapists rehabilitate and diagnose conditions that are causing physical pain or physical dysfunction that trace back to, stem from or involve the pelvis and/or the pelvic floor. Oncology Physiotherapists work specifically in the rehabilitation of the body after cancer treatment. Soft tissue work can help facilitate the work of Women's Health and Oncology specialists by working on areas associated with the issue and this may be in relationship too but not always directly connected to the pelvis and the pelvic floor. Soft Tissue Therapy for Women's Health could be experienced during pregnancy, after childbirth and post surgery and because of my understanding in the behaviour of Cancer and the treatment of Cancer I can use Soft Tissue Therapy to help; reduce side effects of cancer treatments, rehabilitate the body after surgery, reduce pain, provide comfort, support and much much more.
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I am not a Psychotherapist and I am not a Doctor but I work with you and your needs with my hands, in a place that holds space for you to heal. I have referrals across all therapeutic fields and am happy to work in collaboration with other professionals for your therapeutic needs. The journey may be short or it may be long but it is yours to explore how you wish and I am here and happy to facilitate that should you need.
Serena is a member of the SMA, CNHC, BSIO and is also in the BAPAM Directory.