Sports & Remedial Massage

Soft tissue therapy (enhanced sports massage / deep tissue massage) is a manual treatment performed by a qualified sports massage therapist that aims to reduce or eliminate pain, increase joint range of motion and maintains the overall health and elasticity of your musculoskeletal system.

Soft tissue in the body includes your muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia (fibrous sheets of connective tissue that encase other soft and hard tissue in our body). Soft tissue therapy can be used to treat both acute and chronic injuries / conditions.

The overall aim of soft tissue therapy is to assess, treat and manage the injury or condition (whether caused by sport or other lifestyle factors) using remedial sports massage and various other advanced techniques such as muscular energy techniques (MET), myofascial release, soft tissue release (STR) and trigger point therapy for example. The therapist will aim to identify the underlying causes of an injury through discussion with the client and assessment of the soft tissue in order to establish a client’s individual treatment needs and offer long-term improvements in their physical wellbeing and future injury prevention

Becs Stanlake Soft TissueTherapist

Becs is a qualified Soft Tissue Therapist and experienced secondary Physical Education Teacher with a level 5 BTEC Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy.

Based in Teignmouth at Essence, she also works at ‘The Clinic’ in Exmouth as part of a multidisciplinary team of soft tissue therapists. 

Mobile massage is available to clients in the local area on request.


Benefits of Sports Massage

  • Reduces pain
  • Promotes recovery
  • Enhances sports performance
  • Improves range of movement, posture & flexibility
  • Relieves stress & aids relaxation
  • Improves health & wellbeing
  • Tissue strength and endurance

Soft tissue treatments include

  • Range of motion assessment
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Muscular energy techniques
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Myofascial release
  • Mobility work & rehab advice
  • Rocktaping is available on request

How are sports injuries caused?

Injuries can be caused by sport (impact or overuse), trauma, general activity, work, postural dysfunctions or a combination of more than one.

Acute injuries are those that occur suddenly, such as a bad landing (leading to a sprained ankle).

Chronic injuries occur over a longer period of time and are generally caused by repeated overuse of a muscle, group of muscles or a joint (for example shin splints or runner’s knee). Incorrect / poor technique and structural abnormalities can contribute to the development of chronic injuries.

Soft tissue treatment is good for you if:

  • You are a physically active person and want to maintain your fitness / perform at your best
  • Your muscles feel tight and stiff after exercise
  • You have a minor injury and would like to speed up recovery and promote healing
  • You have a chronic injury or condition that you would like to address to improve your overall lifestyle and sense of physical and mental wellbeing
  • You are recovering from an acute injury and would like to maintain / increase joint mobility and improve muscular strength
  • You require an effective sports and remedial massage in order to compliment your training regime prior to a specific sporting event / competition

Level 5 BTEC Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy

Level 1 & 2 certified Rocktaping treatment