What is Sports Massage?
Sports Massage is one of our offerings included in our Sports & Remedial Massage treatments.
Originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for performance and recovery following an event (pre and post treatments) also during training to improve recovery. Sports massage is about preventing injuries to muscles and tendons; not just after injury!
However, you don’t have to be and athelete to benefit from this treatment. Sports massage is also good not only for people with injuries, but also those with reduced range of movement or chronic pain
With Sports massage I will generally concentrate on any problem areas that you may have, although working the body as a whole will help.
Sports massage for:
Pre-event: A short, stimulating massage 15 – 45 minutes before the event. We concentrate on the parts of the body that are to be involved in the exertion.
Post-event: Usually carried out within an hour or two of the event, to normalize the body’s tissues and aid recovery.
Maintenance: A treatment given during training to allow the athlete to train harder and with less injury.
Rehabilitation: Generally used to help pain due to injury and support the bodies return to good health.
How does a Sports Massage Treatment help?
It stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids.
Sports massage movements include: Efflaurage, Petrissage and Trigger Point therapy to assist the break down of adhesion’s.
Stretching may be included to increase range of movement.
As a Pilates Instructor I may also give you some exercises to do at home which will help strengthen, lengthen and improve flexibility.
When Should I Get A Sports Massage?
Sports Massage is an excellent choice if you have a specific problem, however it is also a good choice if you participate in regular exercise. Running, Zumba, Pilates, Weight Training etc the list is never-ending! You should always consider sports massage during any specific event training. For example Race for Life, Moon Walk, Marathon etc again another never-ending list!
Do I need to get Medical consent?
Generally this isn’t required for Sports & Remedial Massage, however some conditions are made worse by massage, these will be covered at your consultation.
How do I book?
Booking is easy, decide how long you’d like your treatment (30/45/60/90 minutes) then:
Text/ Email / Book Now Link on the website
No matter what type of massage you choose, I will check it is right for your needs. I have a wealth of knowledge and experience so we assure you’re in safe hands.
Remedial massage is one of the most effective ways to prevent pain, soreness and treat muscular injuries. This is one of our offerings as part of our Sports & Remedial Massage treatments.
This massage is the release of soft tissue (fascia, tendons, ligaments and muscles). Sensitive points in muscles can refer pain to various part of the body, and often mimic the underlying condition. This enables joints to stabilise and move by the network of muscles, tendons and bones within the body, as well as protecting vital organs.
For example, headaches are often caused by neck and shoulder tension. Lower back/sciatic pain can come from tight hamstrings and a tilting of the pelvis; rather than vertebrae issues. Palpation of the muscles to assist the bodies’ re-alignment may ease many conditions.
When do I need it?
Many clients will book a remedial massage treatment following a specific injury or a work-related problem
Although many clients who consult a remedial massage therapist have pain as a result of specific injuries, RSI and other work-related problems. The vast majority originates in postural alignment problems that sometimes go back to childhood and adolescence. Remedial massage is one of the most effective and readily available ways to prevent and treat muscle injuries, pain and soreness.
How does it work?
Remedial massage is based on the fact that soft tissue respond to touch. Most pain is soft tissue in origin. Trigger points can mimic many conditions. Muscles not only move our joints, they stabilise them. Furthermore, they provide armour for the internal organs. Minor problems with these functions cause more pain than most people realise. Most headaches originate in the muscles of the neck and head. Much of the pain of such conditions as angina comes from the hypercontraction of the chest muscles. Abdominal and pelvic pain can be caused by trigger points in the abdominal and pelvic muscles. Low back pain and sciatic pain are far more likely to originate in muscles than in vertebral disc problems.
Although many clients who consult a remedial massage therapist have pain as a result of specific injuries, RSI and other work-related problems. The vast majority originates in postural alignment problems that sometimes go back to childhood and adolescence.
Many remedial massage therapists have attained additional training, which usually includes more in-depth study and qualifications. This extra knowledge and understanding will enable the massage therapist to carry out an assessment and provide appropriate treatment for a wide variety of conditions. We advise to consult a doctor before receiving a massage for specific conditions which may not be related to soft tissue.
What happens during the massage?
Treatment employs massage techniques designed to treat both deep and superficial tissues. The remedial massage therapist uses skilled manipulation combined with in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology to bring about pain relief, correcting and normalising the body’s muscles and soft tissues.
Treatment employs massage techniques designed to treat both deep and superficial tissues, not dissimilar to those used in sports massage. The remedial massage therapist uses skilled manipulation combined with in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology to bring about pain relief, correcting and normalising the body’s muscles and soft tissues.
Sports & Remedial Massage
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