Sports, Deep Tissue, Relaxation
Postural Assessment & Correction
Jon Cooke Dip. SMT
Massage Therapy & Fast Pain Relief
Muscle Solutions -
Massage therapy & fast pain relief in Hertfordshire.
Through a varied range of modalities I provide care, comfort & advice to help ease aches & pains, both acute & chronic.
If you're suffering from sports injuries, looking for pain relief or even just want to de-stress with a relaxing massage and are based in or around Ware, I can help.
I'm Jon Cooke & I run Muscle Solutions, a Mobile Massage Therapy service that provides care, comfort & advice to anyone suffering from chronic or acute aches & pains. I provide a full assessment, take a client history & perform any tests that may be necessary to enable me to tackle the cause of the problem rather than just the symptoms.
I'm trained in Sports Massage. Deft Bowen & Emmett (lighter techniques that can be applied through loose clothes - no jeans!). All three work well together or separately & can provide relief from pain & emotional trauma.
As I am a mobile Massage Therapist you can relax knowing you can be treated in the comfort of your own home. All I ask is if you can provide a couple of towels & a pillow you don't mind getting a little oil or lotion on. Oh, & enough space for me & my couch!
January. We made it. High fives all round!
I've got great news in the form of lovely money saving offers that will go live from February 2015.
Firstly I'd like to introduce a "refer a friend" deal. Nice and simple - you refer someone to me and as long as they book in and pay for a treatment, you will get 10% off your next appointment. Refer as many as you want (I won't complain!), and you get 10% off a single appointment each time a new referral has a paid session.
Let’s see, what else... Oh yes, how about a loyalty scheme? Kind of like a pay-as-you-go type arrangement. For every 60 minute treatment you have, you get a stamp on your brand new shiny loyalty card. Get 11 stamps and receive your 12th appointment for free! This way (unforeseen injuries aside) you can get a year’s worth of monthly MOT treatments to keep you in great shape, loosen tight muscles and avoid unwanted pain or discomfort all at a great discount. It doesn't even have to be just monthly bookings - you can have them 11 days in a row if you want - whatever suits you best.
Buy 5x60 minute treatments in advance and get your 6th for free (a saving of £45).
New clients can save £15 buy booking & paying for their next 2 60 minute treatments at the end of the first appointment.
Stick with me and we'll go far!
(Terms & conditions apply - ask for details and visit www.musclesolutions.co.uk/offers. All prices are correct at the time of this post. Muscle Solutions reserves the right to change prices or withdraw offers at any time.)
So... that's that then. All done for another year. Presents unwrapped, leftover food reincarnated once, twice, three times into more variations of everyday dishes than previously thought possible. Decorations packed away, extended family members waved goodbye to and children suited and booted, ready for a new term at school. Phew... You made it.
Or did you...?
Take a moment to think about all the stressors put on you over the last few weeks. Obviously this is all relative, as what can seem the most daunting of tasks to one person, for someone else, can be the fuel they thrive on. Either way, putting your body and mind under large amounts of pressure can take it's toll and leave you feeling slightly worse for wear.
If you've been going through the last month or so holding increasing tension in your muscles this could spell trouble later down the line. Seemingly small things such as a light throb at the temple or behind the eyes can develop into full blown pain and discomfort that begin to disrupt day to day activities and potentially put any fun you may be having on hold.
This is a common example and one that very often stems from tight, overused muscles that we may not even realise were being used (a clenched jaw for example), which then begin to refer pain to other parts of the body.
It's not restricted just to the head either. This can happen to any muscle and generally promotes a domino effect to specific muscles around the main offender.
So what can be done about it?
First and foremost has to be awareness. Becoming more in tune with what your body and mind are doing at any given moment will give you a big advantage when it comes to combating unwanted aches and pains. Learning to spot tension in your body before it builds up and takes control is a great way to stay one step ahead of unwanted discomfort. Your good health and happiness come pretty high up on the "yes please" list (ie first) - don't let stress eat away at them!
Take time out for yourself. Even just one minute can make a world of difference when it comes to breaking that cycle of stress and tension. Focus on your breath... yes, your mind will wonder, and that's ok. Whenever you catch it doing so, calmly and politely bring your attention back to your breath. In and out. In and out.
A treatment of your preferred bodywork therapy (massage etc) will help promote a calm and relaxed state of mind. If you are in pain, I would personally recommend a session of the Emmett Technique to quickly help lessen any discomfort felt and get you back to enjoying life (and yes, I am an Emmett Practitioner so I'm going to say this, but believe me, I've had some fantastic results with this technique and often in just one session!)
Be mindful if you have joined a gym recently. Make sure there is someone there to show how to use the machines and lift weights both with correct form. This is so important. It may feel as though you are doing yourself good now but months down the line you may well find yourself with increasing aches and pains due to having put way too much unnecessary stress on your muscles and joints. Of course, I'm always here if you need to work those knots out, but, for your sake, I'd much rather you were coming to me to prevent injuries and maintain happy, healthy muscles!
This brings me onto the main reson for writing this. I want to offer everyone the opportunity to experience a pain-free and stress-free start to the new year with a discount on 60 minute treatments throughout January:
Hit like & share and quote this reference to receive £10 off an hours treatment (normally £45):
(Offer is limited to one treatment per person and must be redeemed by 01/03/15. This promotion runs from 07/01/15-31/01/15 and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer)
So... what resolutions have you made with yourself, and have you managed to stick to them so far?
I thought I'd do my bit to help with those last minute presents...
Personalised gift certificates available
Stress can creep up on you and cause unwanted pain and discomfort, very often due to tense, overworked muscles - and no-one wants that!
Here's to a pain-free festive season and an active new year!
Being a Massage Therapist is great! Obviously, I can only speak for myself here but there are so many positive people in the massage world it has to "rub off" on you at some point! I should mention here that really, really bad puns will probably feature in these blogs - please find it in your heart to forgive me!
I was introduced to massage by Anny Cooke, who also happens to be my mum. She has been a Bowen practitioner based in Bexhill & Hastings for over 10 years, and a body worker for at least another 10 on top of that. If you are based in that area, check out her profile to find out how she can help you. Her words of wisdom played a large part in my decision to follow the path of a body worker and I haven't looked back since!
Being a qualified Sports Massage Therapist stands you in good stead for a good all round general knowledge of the body. It is a versatile modality and has enabled me to adapt my style to suit all manner of clientelle. It seems that it's usefulness is pretty common knowledge though, as there are just so many Sports Massage Therapists! Realising this lead me to seek out that special something to separate me from the rest of the crowd and luckly, my sage-like mother came up trumps again by introducing me to a man called Ray Smith, Deft Bowen and a cheeky little number known as Emmett Technique. I can safely say that it was whilst watching Ray relieve the serious discomfort in my other half's calves after she'd pushed herself way to far on a run the previous day, in less than 5 minutes, that I knew I wanted to learn what he knew!