Recover quicker with Power Plate – my 3 favourite massages – by John Polley

We love to ‘flush the system’ at my studio. Create blood flow, lymphatic flow, hydration of the tissues and generally nourish the body. Whilst there are many ways to use Power Plate to flush, or massage, different areas of the body, the most well used, and indeed client favourites, come down to three. The back, the pelvis and the calves. Let me tell you why.

Firstly, we have three major joints in our body that want to move; that should move. Often they don’t move well. These are the foot/ankle complex, the hip complex and the thoracic complex. Movement restriction here can often impact other areas like knees, low back and neck/shoulders. This has resonated with every group I’ve taught in the last 8 years.

What you’ll note is that each of these massages targets those complexes. So, secondly, let’s take a look at each one.


People are often surprised by this one. It’s putting vibration right through the spine and the rib cage, which many may feel isn’t ‘right’. Indeed, it feels mighty weird too, with the vibration going straight through your lungs making breathing feel just plain odd! However, if you can get past this ‘weirdness’ and your client has no contraindication of course, the ease of breath and space in the thoracic cavity feels wonderful. Whilst an ‘acquired taste’, our clients love the feeling afterwards, if not during!


Okay, this is a more common sight. Warning – please have an empty bladder before trying this one. It does create unexpected urges to pee! Okay, that aside, this flush is great for tight hips and stressed out souls with knots in their abdomens they don’t even know about. The freedom when they walk away from this one is indescribable.


Looks lovely doesn’t it? That’s because it is! This is probably the biggest favourite among our clients. You’ll see I have a sandbell on my calves. Any weight, including someone putting downward pressure on your shins, is superb and if I may say, incredibly pleasurable. Our lymphatic system starts at our feet but the first lymph nodes are behind the knees. This flush provides a welcome boost to the process and is so relaxing.


Okay, finally apart from the massive physical favour you’re doing for your clients, there’s a huge mental and emotional favour you can do too. With each of these flushes my instruction is “the more relaxed you are, the better this will work”. This is powerful. First, it’s true physically. Secondly, and arguably more importantly, you have just given your client permission to relax. They can’t be anywhere else and if this part of their session is to work best, they HAVE to relax. It may be their only chance to do this in their entire week. Imagine what this means. This is so much more than ‘a quick massage’. Happy flushing! JP

2 thoughts on “Recover quicker with Power Plate – my 3 favourite massages – by John Polley

  1. Mrs Helen M gray says:

    Having had our own Power Plate studio for some 13yrs now, I was always under the impression that you shouldn’t lay your whole spine flat on the Plate due to disturbing alignment and you shouldn’t lay your stomach on the Plate due to internal organs (Hip photo looks very much like stomach is on) – has this changed, or am I just under wrong impression?! Would you be doing these massages at 50H or a lower frequency/amplitude? Cheers Helen

  2. Erica Minter says:

    HI Helen

    When whole body vibration was first introduced to the world in late 1990s there were many precautions and contra-indications becuase not enough was known about the technology and thre hadn’t been enough time in the market to see if there were adverse effects. Power Plate has been in the market for more than 21 years and has proven itself safe and effective.

    User comfort dictates how you use Power Plate. I wouldn’t encourage a user new to Power Plate to try lying on their back or stomach simply because it might be a strange and disconcerting feeling to them. I know many trainers who have people lie with their abdomens on the vibrating surface – and some swear by the emotional release. The back massage is one of my personal favourites.

    As far as frequency goes – this is always watever is most confortable for the user. start on 35 Low for these positions and if they’re comfortable they may lik eto increase to 40 Hz or to High amplitude.

    Try them and let us know how you like them!!

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