What is a sports massage?
This treatment uses deep stretching techniques tissue to correct problems and imbalances caused by physical activity.
Sports massage is an effective way to release tension and restore balance in your musculoskeletal system.
If you are a serious athlete, incorporating regular massages into your training plan can support training and recovery, and may even prevent some minor injuries from occurring.
You don’t have to be a professional athlete to benefit from this treatment; it can also help lengthen and strengthen muscles and joints in those who work out casually.
Anyone who enjoys regular physical activity, or is currently recovering from a sporting injury. This type of massage will help improve flexibility and may reduce recovery time.
- Can speed healing and reduce discomfort during the rehabilitation process.
- Increases range of motion and flexibility.
- Increases blood flow, which re-oxygenates soft tissue to reduce recovery time.
- Helps improve muscle endurance and power.
- Athletes in preparation for, or following a sporting events.
- As part of rehabilitation following an injury.
- Those with muscle cramps, bruises and aches.
- Anyone with acute or chronic soft tissue injuries.
- Those with general massage contraindications, including open wounds, broken bones, bursitis, periostitis, rheumatoid arthritis, myositis ossificans, skin infections, thrombosis or bleeding disorders.
- Anyone looking for a gentle experience. Whilst this massage does not need to hurt to be effective, it can be uncomfortable in areas where it is necessary.
Be sure to advise your therapist of any pre-existing medical conditions or areas to avoid before they begin your treatment.Sports massage potential benefits
What to expect?
Your therapist may begin with a postural and gait analysis, and will discuss your medical history and any current injuries.
This treatment takes place on a table, so you will need to undress and will be covered with a towel.
Sports massage uses oil, cream or wax to work into deep pressure points, so the experience can be very intense at times.
Your therapist will use a combination of trigger point techniques, cross-fibre friction and myofascial release, alongside joint mobilisations and stretches.
Sports massages combine elements of Swedish massage, Advanced Stretching and Deep Tissue massage techniques to improve blood flow to your muscles and increase oxygen levels in the body.
Following your massage, your muscles may feel sore for a day or two, though it may also help to alleviate existing soreness. Take a warm bath, ensure you get adequate rest and drink plenty of water. Never put strain on muscles that are already feeling tender.