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My love of sport, especially running, guided me into a career of massage therapy.  An introduction to yoga has increased my awareness on how well the body responds to deep static stretching when incorporated into training.  As a distance runner I’ve been able to integrate first-hand knowledge of common tension sites into my treatment methods, for sporting and everyday life stressors.


I am fully insured and hold membership of the Federation of Holistic Therapists.  I have diplomas in holistic massage, clinical sport and remedial massage therapy. While studying I became more aware of how beneficial massage is, not just to those participating in sport but for those dealing with the stresses of everyday life.  


I want to help all types of clients and increase the awareness of massage and its benefits.  I have been qualified for more than five years and have developed an extensive knowledge and understanding of the human body that enables me to treat clients with a variety of health needs.  


If you feel you would be interested in having a treatment, I would very much like to hear from you.

Ian Hayes running, Hayes Massage

About Ian

About Ian
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I am based in Watchet, West Somerset.  I can provide mobile treatments in your own home or office, as long there is enough space to set up my couch and perform the treatment unobstructed.  Clients can also come to my home for their treatment, if this is preferred.


I am happy to travel further afield than the usual 15 mile radius, but ideally this would be for group bookings.  Clients booking a single treatment over a 15 mile radius from my home will need to pay 0.45 pence for each additional mile, in addition to the price of their treatment.

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage is used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body to return them to their original form and size. This is achieved by using manual techniques, using fixed and movable pressures, holding these pressures for a period of time causing the muscle to relax and return to its original form.


Massage has many benefits both physical and psychological, thus showing the wide beneficial nature of having a massage. Some of these benefits and uses include;

  • Relieves muscle tightness, stiffness, spasms and muscular restrictions

  • Improvements in range of movement and flexibility at the joint due to muscle relaxation

  • Increase of blood circulation, resulting in a reduction of muscle fatigue and soreness due to the increased oxygen and nutrients moving through the muscle

  • Removal of toxins waste produces like lactic acid from the muscles (due to previous bullet point)

  • Decrease heart rate

  • Reduces stress and anxiety by relaxing the body and mind

  • Elevates mood by releasing endorphins

  • Improved state of mind

  • Creates a feeling of well-being and enhanced self-esteem

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What is Sports Massage?

Sports massage is used to manage, manipulate and rehabilitate tissues of the body that include muscles, ligaments and tendons.  It is very similar to normal massage, although the pressures and techniques used are deeper and specific to either a muscle, joint or limb.  The therapist will often move the client changing their position or limb position to help treat the area in question.  The use of stretches can also be used during a treatment.  The name Sports massage doesn’t mean it’s for athletes and sports persons only.  It can be used for everyday aches and pains, ideally those looking for a deeper treatment.

Sports massage has all the benefits of a normal massage in addition to;

  • Can be used as an effective warm up and cool down tool

  • Prevention of injury

  • Rehabilitate an injury to a muscle, ligament or tendon

  • Increase or decrease muscle length

  • Increase range of movement of a joint

  • Stimulate nerve endings

Not sure which sort of massage therapy would suit you best? Get in touch to discuss your requirements!

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