Great Bike Adventure with CBRE

Great Bike Adventure with CBRE

Livewell recently attended the Great Property Bike ride hosted by CBRE for their clients and others looking to raise money for the superb charity, alzeimers society. This all took place at the Sandown Park Racecourse, Sandown Park is a horse racing course and leisure venue in Esher, Surrey, England, located in the outer suburbs of London. It hosts 5 Grade One National Hunt races and one Group 1 flat race, the Eclipse Stakes

The event was exhilarating, well planned and a great fun down out oganised by the incredible team at CBRE, combining the invigorating challenge of a bike ride of up to 70 miles, with a comprehensive event village feauring an area to enjoy the sun, listen to great music whilst eating a range of high quality food supported by our team providing the award winning LIVE|Recover, Recovery Hub which is a mobile recovery unit offering pre and post race/event recovery services. Participants gathered in the picturesque coastal city, ready to embark on a journey that was as much about fitness as it was about recovery and relaxation.

The day began with a scenic bike ride through the stunning towns and villages in Surrey, west London. Cyclists, both seasoned and novice, enjoyed the route that meandered through historic sites, and beautiful countryside. The ride offered a perfect blend of physical challenge and the opportunity to take in the beautiful surroundings.

Post-ride, participants were treated to a variety of recovery activities designed to rejuvenate and revitalise. One of the highlights was the ice plunge pods, especially in the scorching heat of 30+ degrees we saw on the day. All 4 ice plunge baths were in full use. Brave souls took the plunge, experiencing the invigorating effects of cold water immersion, known to reduce muscle inflammation and accelerate recovery. Complementing this were the zero-gravity chair experience, anti-gravity chairs with state of the art compression boots were also available, offering a unique way to relieve pressure from the spine and joints and aid in the natural removal of lymph through the lymphatic system, almost like a physical hands on lyphatic massage, but with the ability to drink a beer or glass of wine at the same time! This was a favourite among many, providing a sense of weightlessness and deep relaxation.

Our elite level advanced sports massage therapists were also on hand to provide pre event taping and strapping and also post race injury assessment and more importantly hands on sports massage. We had 4 professional therapists offering personalised treatments which helped ease muscle tension, release tight muscles, increase blood flow for healing and improve lymphatic drainage. If this wasn’t enough, the participants had the ability to relax in our stretch and recover zone where the use of hot and cold theraguns provided targeted relief to sore areas, while foam rollers, trigger point balls and therabands were on hand for participants to engage in guided stretch recovery sessions.

The event was not just about physical recovery but also about fostering a sense of community and well-being. Participants left feeling rejuvenated, having enjoyed a perfect blend of physical exertion and comprehensive recovery. CBRE’s event in the outskirts of London was a testament to the importance of combining fitness with raising money for some charities in need, it really was an unforgettable experience.

If you are interested in hiring our team for your event whether it is a sporting one or not, we can help with a range of event services from massage, yoga, reflexology, acupuncture, cupping and much more. Please contact us today!

The Power of Sports Massage: Performance and Recovery

The Power of Sports Massage: Enhancing Athletic Performance and Recovery

Whether you’re a professional athlete, a weekend warrior, or just someone who enjoys staying active, sports massage can be a game-changer in your fitness journey. This specialized form of massage therapy offers a wide range of benefits that go far beyond relaxation. In this article, we’ll explore the numerous advantages of sports massage and why it’s a crucial component of many athletes’ training and recovery routines.

1. Enhanced Athletic Performance

One of the most significant benefits of sports massage is its ability to boost athletic performance. By targeting specific muscle groups and alleviating tension, sports massage helps improve flexibility and range of motion. This increased flexibility allows athletes to move more freely and efficiently, which is especially vital in sports that require agility and quick movements. As a result, athletes can perform at their best and reduce the risk of injury.

2. Faster Recovery

The demands of intense physical activity can lead to muscle soreness and fatigue. Sports massage helps in the speedy recovery of fatigued muscles by increasing blood circulation and lymphatic flow. This enhanced circulation assists in the removal of waste products and reduces muscle soreness, allowing athletes to bounce back faster and maintain their training consistency.

3. Injury Prevention

Preventing injuries is a top priority for athletes of all levels. Sports massage is an invaluable tool in injury prevention. By identifying and addressing muscle imbalances and areas of tension, massage therapists can reduce the risk of overuse injuries. They can also spot potential issues before they become more severe, helping athletes make necessary adjustments to their training routines.

4. Stress Reduction

Training and competition can be physically and mentally taxing. Sports massage offers a dual benefit by reducing both physical and mental stress. The soothing touch of massage can have a calming effect, helping athletes manage anxiety and stay focused on their goals.

5. Improved Posture and Body Awareness

A well-trained sports massage therapist can identify and address postural issues and imbalances that may be negatively impacting an athlete’s performance. By focusing on these areas, athletes can improve their posture and overall body awareness, which can lead to better movement and reduced strain on the body.

6. Targeted Rehabilitation

In cases where injuries have already occurred, sports massage can be an integral part of the rehabilitation process. Therapists can work alongside healthcare professionals to design a customized massage plan that aids in the healing and recovery of injured muscles and tissues.

7. Enhanced Immune System Function

Regular sports massage can also strengthen the immune system. The reduction of stress and the improvement in circulation and lymphatic flow can help the body better defend against illnesses, keeping athletes in peak condition.

8. Mental Clarity and Focus

Physical well-being and mental health are intricately connected. Sports massage contributes to mental clarity and focus, helping athletes stay motivated and determined to achieve their goals.

In conclusion, sports massage is not just a luxury; it’s a powerful tool that can significantly impact an athlete’s performance, recovery, and overall well-being. Whether you’re a professional athlete or someone who enjoys an active lifestyle, incorporating sports massage into your routine can help you achieve your fitness objectives and enjoy a more balanced, injury-free life. Consult with a qualified sports massage therapist to discover how this specialized therapy can benefit your athletic journey.

Why rest isn’t always the best?

Why rest isn’t always the best?


Most often when attaining a soft tissue injury, the acronym RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) was advised to reduce blood flow to the affected area, and ease symptoms. However, resting an acute injury is becoming less evident, due to risk of re-injury increasing when returning to sport or activity, where tissues exceed their capacity. Instead, optimally loading the injured area to a tolerable degree, through isometric or range of motion exercises, could reduce recovery time and the risk of re-injury.

Resting as a Deconditioning Factor

After attaining an injury, the natural thought is directed towards resting the injured limb, allowing symptoms to ease. However, the reduction in physical activity also decreases the tissue capacity, making the body’s capacity to handle the load of sport or exercise programme difficult. As such, the risk of re-injury increases upon returning to sport. A sensible approach after attaining an acute injury, is to not completely rest after the occurrence, and instead maintain strength and range of motion through light exercises and avoid certain sports or activities that trigger pain. Before returning to sport, adequate time of recovery is essential to avoid exceeding the body’s capacity and risk another injury.

The Cross Over Effect

As for injuries that require rest, such as fractures, training the rest of the body can help overall recovery time and return to sport at a quicker and easier rate. Newer studies have also found a “cross over effect” whereby training the opposing and uninjured limb (contralateral strength training), can increase strength in the injured side, of up to 39%. Essentially, training the healthy side helps reduce muscle atrophy and instead increase strength, making return to sport easier and recovery time quicker.

End Message

Resting is often perceived as a sensible approach and is recommended after an injury. However, strengthening the injured area to what it can tolerate, as soon as possible can speed up recovery, and maintain conditioning of the body, that is important to avoid re-injury occurrence when returning to sport or activity. Newer research has also proposed contralateral strength training (strengthening the uninjured side), to increase strength on the resting side of the body. The key is to not completely rest, and instead maintain strength of the body for a gradual return to full recovery.

Why Do We Get Injured?

Why do we get injured?

Injuries, whether they occur at home, in the workplace, or during physical activities, can result from a variety of factors. Addressing these diverse causes requires a comprehensive understanding of the contributing elements. This article delves into the reasons behind injuries, incorporating statistics and detailed insights into injury prevention strategies.

Common Causes of Injuries:

  • Accidents Everywhere: Accidents have a broad reach, occurring in various settings, including homes, workplaces, and during sports or physical activities. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), unintentional injuries account for over 3.9 million deaths globally each year, making them a significant public health concern.
  • Overuse Injuries and Sporting Activities: Overuse injuries, frequently associated with sports and physical activities, result from repetitive motions causing damage to muscles, tendons, or joints. A study recently published in the Journal of Sports Medicine found that overuse injuries account for approximately 50% of all sports-related injuries. Proper equipment, personalised advice from experts, and robust recovery programs, including massage and physiotherapy, play pivotal roles in preventing such injuries.
  • Posture and Body Mechanics: Poor posture and improper body mechanics contribute to increased stress on muscles and joints, leading to long-term injuries. The American Chiropractic Association reports that poor posture is a significant factor in chronic musculoskeletal conditions, affecting a large portion of the population.
  • Ageing and Micro-Level Changes: Aging brings about changes in bones and muscles, rendering them weaker and more susceptible to injuries. Additionally, micro-level changes such as hormonal fluctuations and vitamin deficiencies become pertinent factors. Livewell Health’s health checks, involving blood testing, allergy testing and food intolreance testing and comprehensive assessments, offer insights into these micro-level changes, facilitating proactive injury prevention.
  • Chronic Conditions: Chronic conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis heighten the risk of injuries. Arthritis alone affects a huge portion of the UK population, making them prone to joint-related injuries.
  • Environmental Factors: Environmental factors, including slippery surfaces, poor lighting, and hazardous working conditions, significantly contribute to injury risks. Workplace slips, trips, and falls account for a substantial number of injuries, with over 30% of reported injuries being fall-related.

The Significance of Injury Prevention:

  • Protective Gear and Physical Fitness: Preventing injuries involves adopting proactive measures, such as wearing appropriate protective gear.
  • Timely Medical Attention and Rehabilitation: In the event of an injury, prompt medical attention and adherence to appropriate treatment and rehabilitation protocols are crucial.
  • Preventative measures: Preventative measures also extend past standard medical and rehabilitation avenues which can be things such as Yoga, Pilates, a robust stretching program, strength and conditioning, dynamic exercise program, massage and other complimentary services to keep your body and mind in tip top form.

Conclusion: Understanding the multifaceted nature of injuries is imperative in developing effective prevention strategies. By acknowledging the diverse causes, ranging from accidents and overuse injuries to ageing and environmental factors, individuals and organisations can take informed steps toward injury prevention. Livewell Health’s commitment to health checks, tailored advice, and holistic wellbeing emphasises the importance of proactive measures, ensuring a healthier and more resilient future for individuals and communities alike.

If you want to know more about correct exercise techniques or would like professional advice from one of our personal trainers then please get in touch then we can help there too with our specialist sports massage service. For more information on how these types of massage could help you, contact us on 07939 212 739 or drop us an email at