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Sports Massage

 

Sports massage focuses on muscles relevant to the event. For people who train continuously or who take part in sport occasionally, the goal is to enhance endurance, lessen the chance of injury and shorten the time needed to recover from an event or work-out. Following a work-out or sporting event, Sports Massage may be used to relieve pain, prevent stiffness, and return the muscles back to their normal state. Sports Massage may also be used for injury rehabilitation using various techniques which can:

 

  • Increase range of movement in a joint
  • Relieve pain
  • Relax, stimulate & tone muscles
  • Boost performance
  • Prevent injuries before they occur

 

Some of the techniques used include:

  • Myofascial Release
  • STR (soft tissue release)
  • NMT (neuro muscular technique)
  • MET (muscle energy technique)

 

Deep Tissue Massage

 

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish & Holistic massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots.

"Sally's massages were amazing, she was able to taylor our sessions to my needs and specifically to my sport,  showing me what my muscles were really capable of and giving me the confidence to compete at 100%"

Duncan Ferris,
World Cup 4x racer & Elite Downhill mountain biker

The Benefits of Sports and Deep Tissue Massage

 

The Muscular System

  • Relieves soreness, tension, and stiffness
  • Improves muscle tone
  • Increases flexibility and range of motion of joints
  • Improves the flow of nutrients to muscles and joints,
    accelerating recovery from fatigue and injury
  • Reduces scar tissue
  • Breaks down or prevents adhesions (knots)
  • Speeds recovery from exercise
  • Enhances freedom of movement
  • Prevents or delays muscular atrophy, resulting from inactivity
    caused by injury, age, surgery, or illness
  • Increases physical confidence
  • Relieves cramps and muscle spasms
  • Reduces pain and swelling

The Skeletal System

  • Improves posture/body alignment
  • Relieve stiff joints
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Restores range of motion (increasing joint movement)
  • Releases joint strain (releasing tight muscles and tendons)
  • Releases restrictions in the fascia (connected tissues)
  • Improves the circulation and nutrients of your joints

 

The Circulatory System

  • Increases blood flow (to tissues and organs), which can relieve much muscular and joint pain (especially associated with swelling)
  • Increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients (to cells and tissues), improving and relieving congestion throughout the body
  • Increases the number of red blood cells, especially in cases of anemia
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduces heart rate (helps develop a stronger heart)
  • Elimination of metabolic waste

What to Expect / Typical Session

 

Consultation

Your first treatment will include a free confidential consultation which will ask for relevant medical, lifestyle and injury (if relevant) information. A tailor made treatment plan can then be determined based on this consultation. This can take around 15 minutes and is completely free and does not affect your massage time.

 

Testing / examination

A postural assessment will be the first part of your treatment to look for any possible muscle imbalances. This is important for both the therapist and client as it can play an important role in influencing your treatment.

 

Massage Treatment

Muscle areas that will be worked on will be discussed with you before the massage begins. Sports & Deep tissue massage combines a wide variety of techniques and Sally will determine which of these will have the best desired affect.

 

Homecare Advice

Homecare advice is always given after your treatment which will include advice on possible stretches, exercises or adjustments to your working setup or social lifestyle and daily habits that can often be enough to bring about a significant improvement in how your muscles feel and respond.

 

Woman having a deep Tissue Massage

Frequently Asked Questions

 

I’m not sporty at all
– is sports massage for me?

Yes; Sports massage is a type of massage technique which is popular with sports people but is not just for sporty people. Everyone can face either physical, mental or emotional stress on the body and sports massage can help to relieve this.

Whether you’re a cyclist, rugby player or a stressed out, desk bound office worker, Sports Massage is designed around your specific needs.

 

 

What do I wear for a sports massage?

During the session you will be covered with a towel which is removed only to allow access to the area of the body that is being worked on.  The most important thing is that you feel comfortable during your massage and Sally will talk you through this depending on the treatment that you are having.

 

 

Will A Deep Tissue or Sports Massage Hurt?

These types of massages are likely to be a bit more uncomfortable than a classic Swedish massage. You should always feel free to speak up if the pressure is too much for you. It's possible that you might feel some soreness the day after a deep tissue massage or sports massage which is completely normal, however Sally will always discuss in detail with you about why this might happen and ways which you can help to relieve this.

 

 

What are the side effects of massage?

After a massage you can have a great sense of relief and well being. You may also feel a little unwell due to the latic acid that may have been released from your muscles into the body. You should always drink plenty of water after your treatment and refrain from doing anything too energetic. Regular sports massage promotes deeper and more restful sleep at night and produces greater energy during the day. There are also benefits for circulation and improvements in the efficiency of the lymphatic system, which helps rid the body of toxins and general sluggishness.

 

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