Why six seconds high?

I’m often asked why my clinic is called Six Seconds High. So, I thought I would write to explain where the name came from. Jim Denison wrote a book called “The Greatest - The Haile Gebrselassie Story" in it he describes a meeting between Haile and a group of American journalists who were questioning him about his business projects.

“An American screams out, “how big is your new building, Haile"?

“Well, I can tell you that exactly." Haile says, “because you see I have measured it very carefully. It’s six seconds high."

“Excuse me," the American says, “six seconds high."

“Yes, six seconds high. That’s how long it takes for a stone dropped from the top floor to reach the ground."

And immediately the room goes silent as all the reporters scribble down that line … six seconds high – such an honest and earthly metaphor to portray the essence of Haile’s beginnings and everything he has done for his country.

Modern medicine is highly sophisticated, there are many ways to heal, rehabilitate and aid a broken body, yet here I was about to embark on a new career featuring one of the most basic and oldest methods of working with the human body. The way Haile described measuring his building, with such honest pride and belief in his method, when he was surrounded more sophisticated means, rang true to what I was about to initiate. So I chose the name Six Seconds High, as a reminder to always keep my methods simple and to always try and simplify everything I did.

Sports Massage - Full Price
£40 - 1 Hour
£20 - 30 minutes

Sports Massage - Concession Price
£0 - £20
Whilst I strive to offer an excellent service within my clinic I also believe that a worthwhile practice must have a purpose to compliment its existence, not only the everyday purpose it was designed for, but beyond that, a clinic must improve the quality of the field it belongs to and the athletic community it works for. I therefore operate a concessionary price structure for those people who cannot afford my full price. I see no point in running a practice which only the wealthy and those with private healthcare can afford to visit. I would rather you come for regular treatment at a price you can manage then to limit your treatment erratically to when in times of crisis and injury. Concession prices are my way of trying to make sure that those normally excluded, but usually most in need of therapy, can benefit from my practice in some way and within their own budgetary constraints. Concessionary status is available for those who are out of work, under 21 or have a diagnosed mental or physical disability. Proof of concessionary status will be required when you book your first session.

Cancellation Policy  
If you are unable to make your pre-booked appointment don’t get too stressed out about it, shit happens. However shit happens to me a lot, therefore there is no charge for cancelling your appointment but also take into consideration that because of my health I may need to cancel an appointment at short notice also. Please be considerate and let me know within as much time as possible if you cannot make the appointment and I will also do the same if the situation arrises.

Email
simon@sixsecondshigh.com

Please email when trying to book a session as my phone is usually switched off during clinic hours. I will return your message when clinic is over.

 

Scope of Practice
The scope of my practice as a sport massage therapist includes the assessment and manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to facilitate the prevention and management of dysfunction, injury and pain associated with physical and mental conditions brought about by sport. I achieve this by the physical and manual manipulation of the soft tissues and advice on training principals, rehabilitative exercise, nutrition and psychological matters that may be hindering your recovery. 

My Approach
I believe that the muscular and psychological patterns an athlete learns during their training can effect the rigidity and function of their muscles and other soft tissue. The perception of these behavioural patterns – negative thought patterns – brought about by injury – or direct overuse, continue to affect the musculature of the body even after the physical or psychological restrictions have healed. The brain locks the rest of the body into a set way of perceiving movement. When negative emotions and muscular problems overwhelm the athlete they are likely to continue to tense a muscle or set of muscles to stem the flow of feeling. The problem the athlete faces is that a one-time muscular defence can lead to chronic tensions and depressive episodes that are then suppressed again and again.

It is this intricate relationship between an athlete’s psychological state and their physical performance that, I believe, begins to define an athlete and their performance. This distress directly affects and manifests within the evolving musculature of the athlete’s body. I aim within my practice, to not only act as an agent for consistent maintenance and rehabilitation of the athlete, but to also, address these problems of physical and psychological pain patterns and pain management. Which, through direct musculature work and supportive rehabilitative advice, attempts to assist the release of the psychological component that put the athlete’s body in that pattern to begin with.