frequently asked questions
Why should I choose you?
If you want to work on several areas in your health and fitness, you got the full package at MBSFlow. With your full commitment, we promise you an improvement in your psychological and physical health and fitness. To maximize your potential, we provide you with an exercise plan, a diet plan and deliver Sports massage sessions, too.
“I knew I wanted a female PT. I feel comfortable with you. I don’t mind joking about my imperfections, you don’t take yourself too seriously and I was worried a PT would not understand and relate to someone who’s not super fit with a great figure. You seem to genuinely love what you do and want the best for your clients, too. The sessions are challenging but you never push too hard and I always feel great (and a little smug )”. - Lauren
Can you help if I’ve been diagnosed with a medical condition?
It is always wise to check with a medical professional but certainly exercise is recognised as being helpful if you have a certain conditions.
As an exercise referral instructor, my role includes designing, monitoring, adapting and implementing exercise programmes for individual clients with a range of medical conditions, such as:
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Simple mechanical back pain
Psychological/Mental Health Conditions
Diabetes Type I and Type 2
How many personal training sessions do I need?
According to NHS, you should aim to do strengthening activities that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms) on at least 2 days a week and at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity CV activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity a week. Many people struggle to do this without support which is where a personal trainer can help.
Are women`s training and dietary needs different from men`s?
At MBSFlow, we do not believe in one fits all plans. We always design a tailored plan, taking into consideration all possible factors that might have an effect on one’s health- and fitness.
Age, gender, fitness level, health status, lifestyle, culture, profession, personal preferences - so on - are just some elements that we consider when planning your bespoke program. Of course, we can create a safe and effective exercise- and diet plan for all age group or gender, considering other lifestyle factors.
Being a woman, it was logical to me to work towards a Women`s Fitness Specialist qualification, addition to my Sports Performance MSc.
The main differences in performance and metabolism between genders can be explained by size and body composition, not biological sex itself. The most significant gender difference related to diet and exercise lies in sex hormones. It only means that I can relate to ladies a little bit more when it comes down to our monthly cycle.
How often can I book a sports massage?
This depends on your health status, activity level and stress level but you should leave at least 2-3 days between deep body massage. The main thing to remember is not to wait until a niggle becomes a debilitating injury and start causing severe anxiety.
Can I book a massage and training session together?
Yes and this works both pre- and post training session. You also get a discount if you book both services.
What is the difference between pre- and post event massage therapy?
Both pre- and post workout and preventative massage are safe and have several psychological and physiological benefits.
Preventative/maintenance massage is given during rest from an intense training and works towards releasing muscle tension. The therapist uses more intense techniques that can cause muscle tension. It gets worse before it gets better. No pain no gain. Clients might experience muscle soreness for couple of days after the treatment.
When delivering a pre-workout massage session, the pace of the massage is faster and the pressure is lighter (avoiding all painful techniques). It creates a state of readiness of the muscle by stimulating circulation, reducing tension in the tight muscle groups and increasing flexibility. It also helps decreasing anxiety and nervous tension, enhances focus and concentration for a better performance.
Post workout massage assists in the cool down process by relaxing tight muscles. It helps reduce muscle soreness by reducing inflammation and reduces your recovery time by speeding up cell recovery.
What is cupping therapy?
Cupping therapy originates from traditional Chinese medicine. By placing the cups onto the patients' skin then squeezing cup, a vacuum is created on the skin surface. It is a deep massage that, promotes blood circulation, anti-cellulite, relieves pain, joint and muscle soreness, detoxifies the body, releases endorphins to promote general healing and wellbeing, and can help increase skin’s firmness to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
What is IASTM and rock blade?
Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilisation (IASTM) is a treatment to locate and treat soft tissue dysfunction with the use of tools. IASTM is often used to treat muscular skeletal conditions by applying friction type techniques across the skin. IASTM is a useful treatment type to effectively assess and release scar tissues.
The two popular techniques are Gua Sha and Graston. The main idea for both these techniques is to heal the body by intentionally producing micro-traumas in specific regions to bring heat to the area. At MBSFlow the instrument we use is called the rock blades. The appropriate amount of pressure helps Rock blades to free nerve endings and move tough tissue. This process then works to improve mobility and overall performance by stripping adhesions and encouraging deep fibrous layers to move.
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