Sports Massage

Up until a few years ago, Sports Massage wasn’t really as readily available as it is now. The general conception that it was for ‘Elite Athletes only’ and something professional footballers would get at half-time, along with their oranges! But this is no longer the case!

Sports Massage is both available and affordable to ALL.

Looking at the recent success of GB’s cyclists, and in particular Bradley Wiggins’ fine performance to become the first ever British winner of the Tour de France, he, and the Sky Pro Cycling Team taking about ‘percentages’. Cycling is just one of many sports where massage plays a big big role. The flushing out of all those toxins and lactic acid plays a massive part of their day to day recovery. Sky and the GB squad have pursued every possible avenue looking for all those ‘little percentages’ that make the difference to getting the optimum performance out of their athletes. From the best bikes, to special clothing, right down to
diet and massage.

Now think about your OWN performance be it in your Sport or just in life. Massage is an affordable way of keeping in top shape by allowing the body to perform better, and recover faster! So give your body what it needs and you WILL feel the benefits from it. (We can’t guarantee you will win the Tour de France though!!)

Remember – its NOT just for Sporty types! The majority of our bookings are to try and cure bad back and neck pain caused by poor posture at work, repetitive strain, pain down one side, sciatica and many other issues. Typically a lot of desk based jobs or jobs involving heavy physical activity or lifting – and that includes mother’s who regularily carry a child in one arm! – can cause people a great deal of muscular discomfort.

Sports Massage will ease that discomfort and often clear it altogether!

Sports massage therapy is a deeper tissue massage than a Swedish Body Massage. Techniques applied will begin with gentle effreulage strokes to warm up the muscle before deeper techniques are applied. Unlike Swedish, there is NO set routine, it is entirely down to the client as to what treatment is required. For example, specifically Back, neck and shoulders or predominantly legs, gluteals etc.

The type of treatment can vary depending on what the requirement is :-

  • General Sports Massage This is massage which is mixed in with your usual training and competing program and can benefit by reducing the chance of injury, keep muscles supple and flexible, delay or prevent the onset of the dreaded DOMS (Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness) duce the aches and pains you might normally get in training.
  • Rehabilitative Sports Massage is mainly used post-injury to reduce pain and muscle trauma. Although I’m unable to work on the injury itself, what often happens is other muscles surrounding or opposing the affected area will overcompensate and become weakened and overused. By working on and around the particular injury you can prevent secondary injuries occuring and help speed up recovery time. Remember that often how you FEEL mentally can make a massive difference to you physical wellbeing. If your body feels relaxed and refreshed, your mind will too. Its a win-win benefit!
  • Pre-event sports massage this uses faster techniques to try and wake-up and stimulate the muscles that are going to be used. Typically 30-45 mins in duration. The aim is promote blood flow and open the blood vessels so that the muscles will warm up and begin to bring fresh nutrients and oxygen to the muscles. This can play a big part in preventing injuries caused by going into an event ‘cold’ or ‘straight off the blocks’
  • Post-event sports massage This can be up to 48 Hours after an event and adopts more of a Swedish approach. Tired, stiff and sore muscles caused by working out and the breaking down of muscle tissue due to training and exercise will often not appreciate the deeper techniques used in a general sports massage. The aim is ‘milk’ the muscles and drain out all the waste products into the lymph ducts and promote circulation to rapidly improve the recovery time.

So if you feel that you can benefit from Sports Massage from an Athlete who understands both the day to day aches and pains of normal everyday life AND who is experienced in what’s required for optimum sporting performance then contact us and make an appointment.

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