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NEWS

  • It’s that time of year again folks!

    Christmas Gift Cards are now available in various packages to suit any budget. Starting at only £20 these gift cards are a great addition to any Christmas stocking!

    For options on our various Sports/Deep Tissue Massage and Personal Training packages please see our pricing page. For more information or to buy a card please give us a ring on 07912 754088.

    Personal Training also available.

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  • What to do when you have a Trapped Nerve

    Trapped nerves are one of the most common forms of upper back pain. A lot of the time this type of pain stems from posture related issues where the upper back muscles are over stretched, usually from sitting for long periods or other unnatural positions. The nerve is caught either between muscles or between muscle and bone and because of the bad posture it can’t release itself.


    A lot of the time trapped nerves can be released through massage techniques where the muscles are manipulated to release the nerve back to its normal position. It is usually a relatively painless process though can be uncomfortable at times.

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  • Military Fitness Training

    Ever fancied doing Military Fitness Training but you don’t have the confidence to go to a class? Matt Holland Fitness can help you out with this by bringing army style fitness training into your training sessions.

    As part of our 1-2-1 training sessions we will make good use of the great local parks where we will use classic military exercises such as squats, lunges, waddles and spider crawls in a circuit training session. Outdoor sessions can be accommodated to your individual fitness levels and needs so you won’t feel the pressure of having to keep up with others in a class.

    If you think you have what it takes to try out these sessions then give us a ring on 07912 754088 or get in touch via our contact page.

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  • The Difference Between Swedish, Deep Tissue & Sports Massage.

    When most people book a massage they either want a relaxing treatment or they have a muscular niggle in one or more places on the body that require something with a bit more oomph!! Each style has it’s own unique elements and we describe them below:

    Swedish Massage.

    This type of treatment is brilliant if you want to relax and get general stresses and strains out of your system. Swedish massage is generally gentle to medium in pressure. The therapist will start with long gliding hand strokes that are relaxing but are firm enough to get the blood flowing under the skin. Various techniques are used in Swedish massage such as Effleurage and Petrissage. Effleurage is the long gentle strokes used at the start of a massage, generally used to warm and prepare the body. Petrissage is slightly deeper and involves the use of the ‘ball’ of the hand to break down any knots through ‘kneading’ and get them into the blood system. Once into the blood system, any toxins or unwanted natural chemicals will then be processed in the liver and excreted naturally.

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  • Looking for a Ladies Only Gym?


    It’s fair to say that many ladies, especially ladies who are new to training, don’t feel comfortable about going to a unisex gym. This can be for a variety of reasons. Maybe they are embarrassed about how they look. Maybe they think that the ‘fit looking’ people on the treadmill are looking at them. Maybe they don’t want to be in a gym which is predominantly full of men. Maybe they have had bad experiences with instructors or Personal Trainers in the past. These reasons, plus many more, are enough to put so many ladies off getting fit, meaning they then revert to the comfort of what they know, which often means little or no exercise, comfort eating and negative feelings towards their bodies.

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  • The Benefits of Having a Personal Trainer

    So why have a Personal Trainer? The main reason to have a Personal Trainer is for motivation purposes. A lot of people simply don’t have the get up and go to either go to the gym or get out exercising off their own back.

    A decent Personal Trainer will be able to communicate with the client and plan a programme that will involve both training with the PT as well as plenty of ‘homework’ to be done during the rest of the week. Of course motivation isn’t the only reason why people choose a PT. There are a great many reasons. A lot of people simply don’t have a clue how to exercise correctly or what foods they should be eating. Some people go to a PT to help with self confidence issues. Some want to develop a routine in their lifestyle. Some have been injured and are seeking a continuation of their rehab….The list goes on!

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  • Looking for a Physiotherapist or Chiropractor in Preston?

    A lot of people who have a physical condition aren’t sure which direction they should go to get professional help. Do I go to a physiotherapist? Do I go to a Chiropractor? Many people will offer these suggestions when you’re complaining of issues, however they may not know the real difference. It may be that instead of these, you actually need a sports or deep tissue massage. All three professions are offered in the Preston area so don’t worry if you don’t know which you actually need.

    There are similarities between all three professions and there are times when referrals are made between the three if a condition needs a particular expertise. At the end of the day, if you’re paying privately for a treatment then you want to know that you’re going to the right person before you pay out your hard earned cash.

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  • Cheap Massage

    By Matt Holland | In Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage Therapy | on February 5, 2017

    Cheap Massage?!

    We realise that having a massage comes into the ‘luxury expense’ part of life and that even when you’ve got constant aches and pains, not everyone can afford to have a massage every week or even every month.

    On the flip side of this, with the stresses and strains of the modern world, it is becoming more and more important for us to look after ourselves and take care of our minds and bodies to remain well, feel better and avoid time off work. This is even more important as we are now living longer compared to twenty or thirty years ago.

    Does cheap massage = quality massage?

    As we all learn over time, if something is too good to be true, it often is. The price of massage across the country can vary wildly from hundreds of pounds for an hour in exclusive clubs in the capital, to around the price of lunch for an hour with a trainee in some beauty salons up North. Cheap deals on massage tend to be given when therapists are training and while you may stumble upon someone who is a natural masseur, most of the time if you want the massage to sort out specific problems and remove deep rooted tension, you may come out of a ‘cheap massage’ more stressed than when you went in! Matt has 9 years massage experience and provides quality, tailored massage services for extremely reasonable prices, plus he offers block bookings at further discounts.

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  • North West Cupping Therapy

    During the Rio Olympics this year you may have noticed big purple bruises appearing on certain athletes bodies! Michael Phelps as well as plenty of other swimmers plus a lot of the gymnasts all had these welts, predominantly on their shoulders and upper backs. These bruises occur as a result of cupping therapy.

    Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese form of medicine that was originally used to create an energy flow to a particular area of the body. These days cupping is used in a similar way but to increase blood flow to certain areas such as the all important shoulders for swimmers and gymnasts. There are two different types of cupping therapy, wet and dry cupping. Wet cupping is a medicinal type of cupping.

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  • Sports Massage Ormskirk.

    If you’re recovering from a particular sports injury or are feeling tweaks from over training then maybe a Sports Massage is what you need. We firmly believe in prevention over cure so you don’t necessarily have to be injured to have a Sports Massage. We use various techniques such as Trigger Point Therapy, Cupping and Myofascial Release so you can be rest assured that we will do everything possible to get you back to full fitness.

    Deep Tissue Massage is also available and is used to treat a broader area of the body. This type of treatment is ideal for people who work in desk or car based jobs where the postural muscles are constantly under strain. It is also great for manual workers as well as anyone who wants something a bit deeper than a Swedish Massage.

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