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Sophie Howlett

Sophie Howlett

Massage Therapist in Reading

Sophie is a qualified Myofascial Release Therapist, Clinical Sports Massage Therapist , Pregnancy Massage Therapist and Pilates Teacher.

Sophie also offers Pregnancy Massage, Pelvic Floor Training, Swedish Massage, Aromatherapy Massage Treatments, Pilates One to Ones, specialist Antenatal and Postnatal Pilates and Allergy Testing.

Whether you have neck and shoulder tension from sitting in an office all day, suffer from lower back pain, are training for your first marathon or getting ready for a sports competition, Sophie can use a combination of myofascial and sports massage techniques to help.

About me:
I have been working as a Myofascial Therapist, Clinical Sports Massage Therapist and Pilates Teacher in Reading and Caversham for over eight years now. I love the way my two skills can help people lead the lives they want to lead, doing the sports they love, training as hard as they want to and recovering from injuries (when they do occur) as quickly as possible.
I treat office workers, van drivers, busy mums, athletes and people from every walk of life.
In my own free time I enjoy running and swimming as well as fitting in some Pilates exercise myself and I like to be outdoors whenever possible.

What is Sports Massage?
Sports Massage simply means using hand-on massage therapy techniques to try to "remedy" a problem. But to offer a remedy you must do more than just relieve pain; you must also be able to understand how the problem came about and how it can be avoided in the future. Therefore I use a range of massage and soft tissue techniques to help effectively with a variety of musculoskeletal problems and to help in recovery and reduce the symptoms in many medical conditions.

Background & Qualifications

Training, qualifications & experience
Jing Advanced Massage Training
Myofascial Release UK
London School of Sports Massage Diploma Level 5
Body Control Pilates Qualified: Beginner to Advanced Levels and Equipment Qualified

Places I Have Worked:
Reflex Chiropractic Clinic, Caversham Reading
Circle Hospital, Reading
Pure Stretch Studio, Henley
Apple Physiotherapy, Bracknell

My Specialisms

Myofascial Release - Myofascial Release (MFR) is a gentle but highly effective hands-on treatment that works with your body's fascia or connective tissue system. We have planes of fascia that run from the soles of our feet to the top of our skull. If we have restrictions within that fascia, like C-section or appendix scars or poor posture and overworking muscles, the whole body and its internal systems can be compromised. True myofascial therapists use advanced skills of touch and "listening" to feel the pulls and restrictions within each individual's body. Using gentle, slow, sustained pressure they work to free these restrictions. Each treatment is truly unique. Myofascial Release treatments can lead to increased ease of movement, reduction of pain and better posture.

Sports Massage - Sophie uses deep tissue sports massage to rehabilitate sports injuries, improve flexibility, aid recovery time, increase mobility and relieve everyday stress. She treats a lot of people with back pain, neck pain and shoulder tension.

Pelvic Floor Training - Many people experience pelvic floor issues, some after pregnancy and childbirth but not always. Your pelvic floor can be challenged by simple issues such as constipation or from manual jobs.There are common signs and symptoms that we may be experiencing pelvic floor issues, these include:
urinary incontinence - not matter how "minor"
needing to pee too often
leakage issues when exercising
pain during sexual intercourse

Triggers for pelvic floor dysfunction include:

lifting heavy weights
lifting heavy children
constipation
manual labour
birth complications

Sophie is qualified and insured to assess, release and help to retrain your pelvic floor muscles so that you have the function and performance you need in order to not worry about them in everyday life and/or sporting activities.

Pilates One to Ones - Pilates targets the body's deep postural muscles, building strength from the inside out. It helps to rebalance the body and to bring it into correct alignment.Sophie offers classes and Pilates one to Ones as well as specialist pre and post natal Pilates.

Allergy Testing - If you suffer from allergies or intolerances then a simple and painless one hour test could transform your life. More importantly, uniquely, I not only test you for your allergies but also work with you on elimination diets to desensitise you to your problem foods and enable you to reincorporate them into your diet when and if it is safe and healthy to do so.

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

My goal is to create a caring and nurturing environment. I listen carefully to what my clients tell me and work to treat the underlying causes of their presenting issues and not just the most obvious symptoms. I treat every client as an individual and no two treatments are the same. We take a detailed case history and assess the body before creating a treatment plan with hands-on work followed up with stretching and a detailed care plan so that a client knows how they can help themselves towards recovery or improvement between appointments.

I ask new massage clients with a presenting problem to try and see my regularly three times with short intervals so that we can try and effect change, from there my goal is tor space treatments further apart and keep the improvements for longer each time as well as create more strategies to prevent recurrence.

Therapies & Rates

Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.

Therapy Appointment Type Rate
Massage Therapy In Person £60 per 60 minutes
Clinical Pilates In Person £55 per 60 minutes
Structural Integration In Person £60 per 60 minutes
Pilates In Person £55 per 60 minutes
Allergy Therapy In Person £80 per 60 minutes
Myofascial Release In Person £60 per 60 minutes
Biofeedback In Person £80 per 60 minutes