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November 15, 2006 5:14 AM Subscribe
Recommendations for one-on-one intensive flexibility therapy in London.
posted by ajp to sports, hobbies, & recreation (7 answers total)
I'm looking for something that's not quite sports massage, not quite regular massage, but something that will specifically increase my flexibility.
My flexibility declines rapidly, even with regular stretching - and I know a thing or two about stretching. In particular my shoulders, calves and hamstrings shrink rapidly. Any therapist working on my calves always tells me to stretch them, to which I answer "I do", and the rejoinder is always "Then do it more." But I digress.
What I'm after probably qualifies as the "lazy person's stretching alternative": is there some sort of physical therapist who can stretch, twist and contort me while I lie back and think of England? I'm specifically after stretching here, I go elsewhere for injury treatment.
This question is inspired in part by memories of a TV programme about some western guys visiting a bath-house in Turkey. After being soaped and scrubbed, they were subjected to the attentions of a wizened old geezer, who twisted them in knots and stretched them like elastic. Maybe I'm after a sanitised (i.e. safe) version of this? If so, what is it called? Where can I find it? Specifically, can anyone tell me where to get this sort of treatment in London (UK) and does anyone have any experience of it?
I'm currently trawling through search-engine results for "Turkish massage in London", and maybe I'll look for Thai and Indian massage too. However I'd really like personal recommendations and experiences. Also I'd really like to know the name of what I'm looking for!
Caveats: I'm not asking about joining a gym, nor going to any sort of classes like yoga, pilates, Feldenkreiss (sp?), Alexander technique, etc. I want one-on-one attention. I'm also not looking for advice on stretching routines, thanks anyway. (Seriously, I am *not* looking for this advice, I'm pursuing those enquiries elsewhere.)