Danielle Allan 2019-09-10T15:53:36+00:00

Danielle Allan

Danielle provides Soft Tissue Therapy to individuals, sporting groups and professional teams.

Since graduating from the University of Westminster, London Danielle has since been contracted by The Premier League Football Club West Ham United and League One First Team Wycombe Wanderers to provide massage therapy support during home game fixtures providing pre, inter and post-match treatment. In 2016 she opened her own Practice The ProActive Massage Clinic, which is located in Central London within the Bloomsbury Fitness Centre (WC1H 0AH). She also treats students at the Central School of Ballet aiding performance during training practices and tours.

Danielle’s clientele includes professional sports players, business professionals, semi-pro athletes, gym members, UCL & SOAS University athletics’ club members (cyclists, power lifters and runners, both track and cross country) and London Marathon participants of all running levels. In 2015 Danielle was enlisted by the Head Therapist of the Saracens Rugby team for the Rugby World Cup where she treated the Argentina team who then went on to do very well(!)

Danielle will work with you to determine the appropriate therapy and rehabilitation plan to keep you doing what you enjoy, pain-free. It is her aim for the client to confidently prevent and manage their own symptoms outside of the treatment room so homecare advice is provided as standard with advice to address lifestyle, training technique and or habits which may contribute to the occurrence of your imbalances in the first place.

Sports Massage & Remedial Therapy v Deep Tissue Massage

This is a specialised area of physical therapy that incorporates techniques from massage, osteopathy and physiotherapy. It involves the assessment of posture, movement and injuries, followed by the application of accepted principles of treatment. Although sport related, this therapy is not exclusive to athletes and can benefit anyone suffering from pain or injury.

If you are frequently engaged in sports, such as rugby, hockey and football, where physical contact and bruising occurs then a course of sports massage therapy is right for you. Playing sport and taking part in intense physical activity can place considerable strain on your musculoskeletal system.

Sports massage can improve performance by concentrating treatment on areas specific to your sport or activity. Depending on the timing of your treatment (e.g. pre-event massage (maximise muscle potential), post-event (optimal tissue recovery) and your needs, treatment can help your muscles relax/stimulate, recover, regenerate to prevent muscle fatigue, alleviate swelling, reduce muscle tension, promote flexibility to the right areas, prevent injuries and prepare you for optimal performance. Better than stretching alone.

Deep tissue massage is used to break up scar tissue, and break down muscle knots and adhesions which occur in every occupation and to those of all activity levels stemming from postural muscle imbalances. This is a specialised form of massage therapy, which also uses firm pressure to reach the deeper layers of muscle and the surrounding connective tissues.

Deep tissue massage can also be an effective way to avoid incurring injuries and/or manage pain of ongoing musculoskeletal conditions.

Excellent treatment of the following ailments and more:

  • Upper & lower back pain
  • Neck & shoulder pain
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Muscle strains
  • Sprain injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Shin splints
  • Whiplash
  • Poor muscle activation
  • Muscle compensation patterns
  • Muscle imbalance
  • Postural problems
  • RSI (repetitive strain injury)
  • Chronic pain
  • Tiredness & stress
  • Sciatica
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Tendonitis

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my visits last?

Your first appointment will be arranged ideally 60 to 90 minutes (depending on the number of initial areas of concern). Thereafter, session times are based on our initial treatment findings, a tailored treatment plan will be prescribed offering the recommended amount of time to effectively treat your symptoms (30 – 120 minutes).

What should I wear for my treatment?

Comfortable clothing such as a t-shirt, shorts or underwear is acceptable. Towels are used and efforts are made by the therapist to ensure you will be covered throughout the treatment. On request techniques can be applied over flexible sports clothing should you wish to not undress.

What should I expect during my treatments?

After completion of your medical review and physical evaluation, depending on your symptoms we may evaluate your strength, range of motion/flexibility, endurance, balance, coordination, posture, walking gait, and body mechanics. She will then review the results with you and suggest a treatment plan. You may be given a home exercise program that will contain pictures and instructions

Will you communicate with my physician regarding my treatment findings?

Yes by request, a progress can be faxed to the physician before a follow-up appointment or after any significant change of medical status.

Do I need to have a referral from a doctor?

If you have pre-existing medical condition mentioned on the following Medical Contraindications list, you will need to present a note from your doctor confirming you are fit for treatment.

Can I be reimbursed by my healthcare company insurances?

Yes, detailed treatment receipts can be issued for insurance and company reimbursement. A lot of companies now offer sports and deep tissue massage as a part of their employee benefits schemes and healthcare packages. it would be worth checking with your employers if you are suffering with musculature ailments for your regular treatments cost cover.

Do you have a cancellation policy?

To avoid being charged please provide 24 hour’s notice before cancelling or rescheduling an appointment.

Do I need to fill out any paperwork before coming to my first appointment?

This is unnecessary as your initial consultation factors in the additional time needed to go through your medical history and discuss your treatment goals. It is worth discussing any extensive injury history and lifestyle habits since they may provide clues to your symptoms.