A typical treatment session usually lasts around 40-45 minutes.

My new client protocol consists of:

• Initial interview
• Examination
• Neuromuscular Massage
• Additional therapies (when appropriate)
• Client advice

Initial Interview

I will ask the client about their presenting problem/s and relevant details - causative factors, duration, aggravating/relieving factors etc.

A general health history is taken, including current and past illness, surgeries, medications and injuries.

I will ask about lifestyle factors such as occupation, sports and hobbies, exercise, diet, hydration, stress, and sleep patterns.


Neuromuscular Massage to the neck and upper back requires the client to undress to their underwear.

(Please note: A changing screen is provided. Areas of the client's body not being treated are kept covered with towels. Female clients are welcome, if they wish, to bring a chaperone to sit with them during treatment.)

I examine the client's posture and range of movement. I may use some basic orthopedic and neurological tests such as testing reflexes.

With the client on the treatment table, I palpate (feel gently and carefully) for muscle trigger points.

The treatment itself consists of firm but gentle pressure applied to the trigger points, in order to deactivate them. This is combined with general massage to induce client relaxation.

The degree of pressure I use is quite moderate and should never be painful. (And please be reassured that I will NOT "crack" your back!)

Additional Therapies 

These are used as appropriate to individual cases:

Cupping - plastic suction cups are applied to the muscle, to provide a powerful localized stimulus to circulation, or to break down tissue adhesions.

Gua Sha (tissue scraping) - a blunt-edged massage tool is used to help break down scar tissue within muscles.

Vibracussion Therapy - a percussion massage device is used to gently mobilise joints or to treat very deep layers of tissue. (I always use this for foot pain; it feels fantastic!)

Lifestyle Advice 

I may advise the client on ergonomics, activities and exercise, diet, hydration, sleep hygiene, stress management etc.

On occasion I may recommend reading material relevant to the client's self-help, or I may recommend that they consult a specialist in one of the above areas, such as a dietician, counsellor, or exercise therapist.