Massage, Fascia & Beauty2023-04-02T07:59:34+01:00

Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic Massage is the use of massage techniques, oil and hot stones to heal your body and make you feel better. It is applicable for everything from relaxation to back pain, sports injuries to pregnancy.

How Massage Works

We all know how much better we feel after Massage, not only more relaxed but looser and our aches and pains are less. It has been long established that Massage increases blood flow to the treated muscles, speeding up the delivery of the nutrients they need to function properly and facilitating the removal of metabolic waste that can cause pain and delay recovery.

Research is now showing us that it has deeper benefits in helping the body to heal. Studies before and after workouts have shown that Massage not only seems to ‘turn off’ genes associated with inflammation, but also stimulates a gene responsible for Mitochondrial development. The Mitochondria play a huge role in cell growth and energy production.

Of course, the skill of the practitioner plays an enormous part in this, knowing which muscles, joints, and fascial systems to target and having the experience to be sympathetic to the tissues. The right hands though can be incredibly effective at helping with relaxation, Joint and back pain, head and neck problems and many other issues. Let Sarah-Jane have a chance to show you how she works.

Your Massage Therapist

Sarah Jane Goulding


Sarah Jane Goulding


Sarah-Jane initially trained in massage as part of her Beauty therapist course, but developed Therapeutic Massage as a specialty, eventually training at the Jing training institute in Brighton, the country’s leading developer of massage techniques. Her specialist dissertation was a pilot study on the benefit of Therapeutic Massage to Asthmatics and was very successful. She has developed her own synthesis of a wide range of techniques, specialising in Myo-fascial work that is able to gently heal and rebalance the body, including helping with scar tissue. The fusion of hands-on techniques that she uses include, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, Hot Stones and sports stretching; as well as functional exercises and education to help facilitate her clients’ healing process and relief from pain.

She is also a practitioner and teacher of MELT, ‘Myofascial Energetic Length Technique’ a self-treatment system to manipulate and rehydrate the connective tissue. MELT uses body weight, resistance bands and MELT soft body rollers to activate the deep muscles of the body to improve Core stability as well as re-educate the body out of pain.

What she treats

  • Chronic pain conditions

  • Back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Frozen shoulders

  • RSI (Repetitive Strain Injuries)

  • Headaches
  • TMJ (Problems with jaw)
  • RSI (Repetitive Strain Injuries)

  • Whiplash

  • Sports Injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Pain from pregnancy

  • Stress related conditions

The Sarah Jane Experience

You may be visiting Sarah-Jane with a painful shoulder or knee; you may be pregnant or just need help with relaxing. She will take a full Medical history and look thoroughly at your structure and posture. Having diagnosed and decided what needs to be done, she will lie you comfortably face down on the treatment couch.

Mostly she works gently, using Myo-fascial techniques that release the deep tissues and start to unwind your body, you will find yourself relaxing and sinking into the couch. From here she might introduce a hot stone, intuitively understanding your bodies need. Some techniques may be stronger, she may discover trigger points (small contraction in the muscles that aggravate the body and cause inflammation) and apply pressure.

Continuing to work intuitively and with a great understanding of the muscles and anatomy of the body, she will tailor the treatment to your needs. The treatment may be a one off or it might be part of a series of treatments to alleviate a particular problem, Sarah-Jane will talk you through what she has done and let you get dressed. She may give you exercises amongst other advice. You will always leave feeling better than when you arrived.

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What is Fascia

Fascia is a thin casing of connective tissue that surrounds and holds every organ, blood vessel, bone, nerve fibre and muscle in place. This tissue does more than provide internal structure; fascia has nerves that make it almost as sensitive as skin. When stressed, it tightens up.

Although fascia looks like one sheet of tissue, it is made up of multiple layers with liquid in between called hyaluronan. It is designed to stretch as you move. But there are certain things that cause fascia to thicken and become sticky. When it dries up and tightens around muscles, it can limit mobility and cause painful knots to develop.

Healthy fascia is smooth and slippery, but our lifestyle, including too little physical movement, or repetitive movement that overworks part of the body, can cause the fascia to become thickened and dehydrated, to create ‘adhesions’ within the fascia. Trauma and surgery can also have profound effects.

These adhesions tend to feel better with movement, they also respond well to heat therapy, which helps bring back the tissue’s elasticity. For some people, they can worsen over time, causing the fascia to compress and contort the muscles it surrounds. This can result in hard, tender knots in the muscles, called trigger points. Myofascial pain syndrome is a condition in which those trigger points cause pain to occur.

Working to restore the health of the fascia is working to restore the health of your body.

What our customers say

I have consulted Sarah-Jane for treatment for many years now for problems ranging from neck and shoulder pain, loss of spinal mobility due to tightening of muscles, and other associated ageing difficulties, and she has always managed to put me right!  But she has really shown her versatility in the past year when I started to have treatment from her following a crushing fall from a horse which resulted in multiple fractures – including my spine and neck.  Quite a daunting set of difficulties, really, but one which she set about with utter professionalism and confidence.  She uses a range of treatments to relax and repair the muscle and tissue damage, and in my case she started with hot stones and cupping to release the tension, ease the pain and increase mobility.  Over the weeks she then proceeded to use other soft tissue techniques to promote healing, all of which are soothing and gentle and helps to alleviate pain and discomfort.  She is my first point of call if I have any pain, stiffness or mobility problems and I can say with complete confidence that she has the breadth of knowledge and the skill set to work alongside physiotherapists and doctors as an equal. 

Irene Purse

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