What is a sports massage
Sports massage is a form of treatment specifically for soft tissue injuries. It involves the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity. Sports massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalance in the fascia, tendons, ligaments and muscles, that are caused from repetitive and strenuous activities and trauma. Sports massage includes active and passive stretching to help realign and loosen the muscle fibres. A sports massage would include and in depth postural assessment to help pin point underlying issues.
Sports Massages can be split into 4 categories;
Pre-Event – Designed to stimulate, this massage will focus on the areas of the body that will be exerted during the activity. Typically given 15-45 minutes before the event.
Post Event – Received within 2 hours of undertaking the activity, it aids the tissues to normalise.
Restorative – Often received regularly whilst training for an event or for those looking to improve their personal bests and train harder. Restorative sports massage works to enable further training by preventing injury.
Rehabilitative – Serves to alleviate pain from an injury and return the affected tissue to normal.
Benefits of a sports massage
• Relieve any swelling you have around your joints • Increase blood flow and circulation
• Boost the immune system so you can heal quicker • Helps with the prevention of injuries
• Enhances athletic performance such as flexion, power and strength
• Reduction in muscle tension, pain and discomfort
• Aids sleep
• increased levels of relaxation and reduction in physical and psychological stress
Deep Tissue Massage
What is a deep tissue massage
Deep tissue massage is a massage technique that’s mainly used to treat musculoskeletal issues, such as strains. It involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissues. This helps to break up scar tissue that forms following an injury and reduce tension in muscle and tissue, it also involves getting rid of knots. Deep tissue massage is usually used on individuals who sustain injuries from everyday activities such as work. A wide variety of people can benefit from deep tissue massage, from office workers and trades persons to beauticians and students.
Benefits to a deep tissue massage
• Reducing chronic pain
• Improves blood pressure • Stress relief
• Breaking up scar tissue
• Detoxifies the body
• Aids sleep
We reserve the right to charge 50% of the treatment if less than 24hours notice is given.