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  1. Mindfulness for Massage Therapists Workshops – read the reviews here!


    Learning how Mindfulness for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers can help your practice.

    Learning how Mindfulness for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers can help your practice.

    Mindfulness for Massage Therapists Workshops – The testimonials

    As you may have read in our previous post, Jon Gee’s Mindfulness for Massage Therapists – with Myofascial Release 2 day CPD Workshops have just been launched to external practitioners, i.e. those outside of the City Sports Massage team. It is these 2 day workshops that have formed the bedrock of what has made City Sports Massage successful so far!

    Later this year Jon will be launching further workshops open only to those who have completed the 2 day Mindfulness for Massage Therapists. These workshops are open to Massage therapists, Yoga Teachers, Pilates Instructors, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors – and any bodyworkers with a qualification in Anatomy & Physiotherapy.

    You’ll find here a selection of quotes from those who’ve attended Jon’s 90 minute workshops at Earl’s Court Camexpo last November, as well as a couple of more lengthy quotes from a current, and a previous CSM therapist who have both attended the two day (previously in house only) Mindfulness for Massage Therapists workshops.

    Testimonials from CAMEXPO at Earls Court – 90 minute Introduction to Mindfulness for Clinical Practitioners

    Via Facebook

    Two attendees found the City Sports Massage Facebook page and left lovely comments; They are referring to Jon’s fabulous assistant on the Saturday workshop, Jacky.

    “Just wanted to say a massive thank you to Jon Gee and Jacky Sayers for the inspiring workshop yesterday at the CAM expo! Thoroughly enjoyed it and hope that you will succeed in developing a course, would love to attend. Thank you again!” Merel Keuning

    “I agree thank u so very much Jon Gee and Jacky Sayers. Really fab workshop.” Chris Blondell

    Via Email

    “It was a wonderful workshop and thought provoking in the best sort of way…I would love to learn more about the sort of workshops you might carry out…I liked your calm manner and approach.” KB

    Via Practitioners’ Feedback forms

    “I really enjoyed the practical elements and the very clear, concise explanations and examples of mindfulness practice.”

    “Jon is a great speaker and communicator.”

    “Well organised, clear presentation.”

    “Enjoyed considering the implications for practice.”

    “Gained a clear understanding of mindfulness with examples – loved the raisin exercise.”

    “Enjoyed relating the practice of mindfulness to clients.”

    “Raised awareness of importance of self care for practitioners and for clients.”

    “It made me more aware, and a lot more sensitive.”

    Testimonials from City Sports Massage Therapists

    “Jon’s CPD workshops have provided me with an expansive and yet stable framework for the implementation of more integrated overview of health. The principles I’ve taken away with me have since become an integral part of my own practice.

    Jon’s use of language and simple analogies relating to the structure and function of the body made the concepts explored during the workshops easily applicable to practice.

    Working with mindfulness, breath and movement meant that I really embodied the subjects we covered, which in turn made me a better teacher when it came to integrating this style of body work into my own practice.

    Jon’s teaching methods are insightful, engaging and comprehensive. I would recommend to anyone wishing to enhance their practice and/or business…
    Fuchsia Farrow (Senior CSM Therapist)

    “The training at CSM is unlike any you’ll ever go through as a massage therapist. It’s not about learning sparkling new hands-on techniques, although that does form part of it – It will teach you to read the atmosphere of a room and tune in to what your client is going through so that you can deliver a treatment incredibly personal to that client. Building the principles of mindfulness into bodywork gives you the confidence to trust your instincts, trust what your hands are telling you about where they want to go, trust that the rest of your senses are giving you an accurate picture of what’s going on in the room. It’s all about working in the present moment, and enabling your client to be in the present moment, so that everything you do is effective.

    I can’t tell you just how much I’ve come on as a therapist through being part of this fabulous team. I’m truly sorry to be leaving them all behind, but I know that the skills I’ve learned both in practice as a therapist and through the thoughtful, insightful workshops delivered by Jon will be things I’ll keep with me for the rest of my life – above and beyond work.

    I can’t recommend this training highly enough – it’s been worth everything I’ve put into it, and more. I can’t see that anyone would come out feeling any different.”
    Kath Breslin (former CSM Therapist)

    “Jon’s mindfulness workshops teach a completely different approach to massage than the one I had learned so far, it does not focus so much on techniques to be applied, but rather in learning how to be present and connected with your client, how to read through your hands.

    This new approach is just beautiful, it has made me a much better practitioner because it allows me to enjoy this constant exploration, and to learn from it every time…It has totally transformed my practice.”
    Eva Garcia (CSM Therapist)

    Since undertaking this, and other CSM workshops run by Jon Gee, I have found that my relationships with my clients, my trust in myself, and my willingness to experiment with new techniques has grown far beyond the bounds I would have considered possible…Previously I had found it so easy to feel out of my depth. The mindfulness techniques I have learned have helped me to acknowledge unhelpful thoughts and feelings, and then to either let them go, or put them to one side for later consideration. I’ve learned instead to connect with my clients spoken and unspoken needs, and to work with them towards achieving their goals, with a sense of sure footedness and joy in the task at hand…to simply be in the moment itself with them, to let all other fears or expectations slip away, and trust that my hands and my understanding of the body will lead me to offer the best I can. Now my client sessions are a joy and a discovery, and I feel much surer of my abilities to provide the right treatment…I can recommend wholeheartedly.
    Jacky Sayers (CSM Advanced Therapist)

    PLEASE NOTE THAT PLACES ON THESE WORKSHOPS ARE STRICTLY LIMITED. To find out more about this CPD workshop – and how to book a place, please click here.

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  2. How to stay injury free in the last few days pre-London Marathon, AND have the best chance of success


    Eat healthily. Rest body & mind, and STAY POSITIVE for the London Marathon!

    Eat healthily. Rest body & mind, and STAY POSITIVE for the London Marathon!


    By early April most London Marathon runners are ‘tapering off’, and are getting ready to rest, and eat well pre London Marathon. It is normal at this stage for runners to ask themselves “have I trained enough/in the right way?”

    Have I trained enough/in the right way?

    In our many years of experience we’ve seen runners who have, in some cases, trained at half the marathon distance before the day of the event, and still complete the marathon on the day.

    Despite such heroics, it’s important to always honour your body and it’s limitations. Remember you can always ‘live to fight another day’ – there are marathons worldwide, and in some beautiful places too!

    Crucially, success on the day of the marathon is not just about how long and hard you’ve hit the streets for during training.

    What are other important factors for success on London Marathon day?

    In the last week or so before the London Marathon, it is tempting to try to squeeze in more hard training. If you do, you are in a DANGER ZONE. This is the time we see the most injuries, as runners can be tempted to panic, and run too hard. Or worse still, beat the time of their longest run so far. If you are a professional runner, and/or receiving running coaching, then listen to your coach, but otherwise ACCEPT what training you have done so far, and concentrate on the other important factors for success on London Marathon day;

    Nutrition
    Energy levels
    Mental wellbeing

    So in the last few days before the event, the most important things to do are;

    Eat healthily
    Rest – Body & Mind
    Stay positive, and get ready to ENJOY the exciting event that is coming up!

    On the day of the event, many first timers are pleasantly surprised by how truly supportive the London Marathon crowds really are – it provides a huge boost of adrenaline and encouragement, and serves as a big shot of energy on the day!

    How can sports massage help my London Marathon?

    Sports massage is about maximising results, minimising chance of injury, and treating injury when it has happened. It forms a healthy and helpful part of a pre London Marathon training regime, easing muscles that have been pounding London’s streets and parks.

    Many London Marathon runners visit us in the days before the event (whether or not they have been coming for regular treatments) for a last minute sports massage, and we’re sure that pretty much ALL London Marathon runners are looking forward to getting their muscles flushed out post event!

    Don’t worry about coming in for a sports massage too soon afterwards – if you are still sore after the London Marathon, the City Sports Massage London team will work accordingly gently, but it will still be very effective in restoring your legs to their former glowing happiness!

    Oh yes – and if you are a temporary marathon ‘widow’, or ‘widower’, (i.e. you have temporarily ‘lost’ your partner to marathon training) perhaps you might like to buy a City Sports Massage gift voucher for yourself – as a present for putting up with all those lonely evenings in, whilst your partner was out training?

    Have fun on Marathon day – Good luck – and ENJOY the event!

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    © Jon Gee 2014 Jon Gee is the founder of City Sports Massage, a team of sports massage therapists based in London who combine deep-tissue massage therapy with stress-reduction and body-awareness techniques. Jon has worked with body dynamics for almost two decades, and specialises in treating pain that is chronic and longstanding. He often incorporates the teaching of mindfulness, breathing and body awareness skills, in order to help clients self-manage, and be less reliant on massage/bodywork treatments. Jon also teaches other health practitioners, and has written articles on his teaching methods for the peer-reviewed Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.
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  3. What is sports massage? City Sports Massage London team explains all!


    What is sports massage? The City Sports Massage London team explains all!

    What is sports massage? The City Sports Massage London team explains all!

    What is sports massage? The City Sports Massage London team explains all!

    In this article the City Sports Massage London team will try to answer some of the questions that they get asked on a regular basis. Terms like ‘sports massage’, or ‘deep tissue massage’ can be confusing for those not already ‘in the know’. Some Folks think you have to be sporty or athletic to benefit from this type of massage treatment. Whilst sports massage is incredibly popular with runners, cyclists, marathon and triathlon competitors, and sports people of all persuasions, regular office folk, pregnant women, and students and workers of all descriptions can benefit immensely too.

    What is sports massage?

    Our London sports massage team have been asked this question countless times – and the answer is a simple one; sports massage is simply a deep tissue massage that aims to massage and manipulate the muscles, stretch out the fascia, and work remedially to ease tightness and restrictions. Clients are often confused by such terms as ‘NMT’ (Neuromuscular Therapy), ‘STR’ (Soft Tissue Release), and ‘Myofascial Release‘ – but really these are technical terms – and the understanding of such terms is mostly relevant to the sports massage therapist rather than client (unless of course they are interested!). Such techniques form part of a toolkit that the massage therapist can use to work in a way that suits the individual client. Some of these techniques involve the client being active (ie actively getting involves with the stretching) this can be useful, but also tiring for someone that’s had a long day in the office. A good sports massage therapist will know when their client could benefit from something that is just as effective, but requires less hard work on the part of the client.

    How does sports massage work?

    Sports Massage separates tissues that are stuck together. Muscles (and the fascia that surround them) become stuck after injury, misuse, lack of use, stress and tension. Sports and remedial massage can soften such hardened tissue, and can allow more movement and mobility around joints that have become stiff and painful.

    Is sports massage for me?

    Many of those looking for sports massage (especially in London!) are befuddled by the sheer amount of different descriptions of massage services. The problems that cause muscular tension are as varied as the ways that human beings can use their bodies. Sports massage aims to restore function and eradicate pain whether the discomfort has originated in bad posture from desk work, or throwing oneself around a rugby or football pitch – so the answer is – yes – if your problem is a muscular one then sports massage might help!

    But is sports massage painful?

    The truth is it is entirely UP TO YOU. But you should find a reputable sports massage therapist who is willing to listen to your requirements – and that includes your pain threshold. Sports massage does NOT need to be brutal. There are times when things might need to be tough – BUT that is something that should be negotiated with YOU. You should never feel that the pain is too much – because in those circumstances your muscles will simply tense up – and that’s exactly the opposite of what a good sports massage therapist should be trying to achieve! The next question is how do you choose a sports massage therapist?

    How do I choose a sports massage therapist?

    We have written an article here about ‘how to choose the right sports massage therapist‘. It’s not just relevant for those looking for a sports massage in London, but is meant for those looking for a sports massage anywhere in the world!

    What do City Sports Massage London specialise in?

    We specialise in using breathing and body awareness to help our clients get to know their bodies – to learn techniques that they can use at home. This can include stress management and mindfulness techniques which is a speciality of City Sports Massage London Principal Therapist Jon Gee. Over the years we have noticed that often clients HATE stretching – but in fact if its done the right way, with gentleness and kindness and by using the breath, it can be not just effective – but extremely enjoyable too! No one likes doing something that doesnt get results AND is painful too, so we try to educate and inform. Really, we aim to make sure our clients don’t come back too often – unless they want too. We like to soothe, to ease pain, to educate, and especially, to empower.

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    Please note that this article is for general information purposes only. If you are suffering from a medical condition, diagnosis should be carried out by your Doctor, or a medical professional. City Sports Massage are not liable for the content of any external websites.

    © Jon Gee 2014 Jon Gee is the founder of City Sports Massage, a team of sports massage therapists based in London who combine deep-tissue massage therapy with stress-reduction and body-awareness techniques. Jon has worked with body dynamics for almost two decades, and specialises in treating pain that is chronic and longstanding. He often incorporates the teaching of mindfulness, breathing and body awareness skills, in order to help clients self-manage, and be less reliant on massage/bodywork treatments. Jon also teaches other massage therapists, and health practitioners, and has written articles on his teaching methods for the peer-reviewed Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.
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