What is Sports Massage?
Sports massage is a combination of a number of techniques specifically designed to aid in the prevention and treatment of injuries caused as a result of sports or work related stresses. It uses traditional massage methods along with deep tissue work, stationary and active stretches and mobilisations in order to re-establish balance and efficiency in tired, damaged or tight muscles.
Sports Massage differs from traditional massage in that it does not follow a routine. Each treatment is tailored to the needs of the individual client, and is entirely flexible during the treatment if needs be. Your therapist will endeavor to find areas that need to be treated, such as active trigger points (more commonly known as muscle knots) and target these areas as per your wants and needs. Specific injuries or problems will be assessed and treated accordingly.
Sports massage is an essential element for anyone serious about training. It helps keep your muscles in their best condition and helps speed recovery from intense training, helping you improve faster.
It can also help to identify and correct individual training needs, weaknesses, strengths and postural problems, giving you a solution that is long-lasting and tailored to your specific needs.
What can I expect in my treatment?
I come to your house, with a massage table and a full selection of towels and oils. The table will be set up exactly like it would be in a salon or a clinic, in the privacy of your own home.
Treatments start with a consultation, which lasts approximately 15 minutes, but will be less in straightforward cases. During the consultation I will carry out a postural analysis to identify and tight muscles or imbalances that could be leading to discomfort or a potential injury.
If necessary I will also carry out a gait analysis, which looks closely at muscle imbalance in your lower limbs. Once a problem is identified, advice will be given to help correct this naturally using a combination of exercises, stretches and massage.
Once a full analysis has been carried out, we will agree on a plan for your session, in order to achieve your own personal aims from the treatment. I will then do the massage and will encourage you to give me as much or as little input as you wish so you wish to tailor the treatment to your needs.
Is Sports Massage right for me?
Sports massage is not exclusively for athletes or people partaking in sports. Most people will at some point suffer from some muscular aches and pains or injuries. Often this is from repetitive movements at work, poor posture, over working your muscles. Sports massage aims to ease the pain of these conditions and helps to prevent them from returning in the future.
Maintaining healthy muscles and tendons is extremely important. Muscles hold your skeleton in place and control all of your movements, as such it is important that you look after your muscles and make sure that they are balanced. Imbalance in your muscles leads to poor posture which eventually leads to injury. Sports massage helps to identify imbalance and
Sports massage is not designed to pamper or relax you during the treatment; it is designed to target your specific needs and offers a long-term solution to your pain.
Common injuries treatable through sports massage:
- Muscular aches and pains
- Wryneck / torticollis / stiff neck
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Bicep tendonitis
- Golfer’s elbow
- Tennis elbow
- Lumbar pain
- Piriformis syndrome
- Iliotibial band syndrome / Runner’s knee
- Quad insertion syndrome
- Patellar tendonitis
- Shin splints (early stages)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achielles tendonitis
There are some contraindications to sports massage that may either prevent us from being able to carry out a treatment, or restrict the area that we can treat. Some conditions will require written permission from your doctor in order to be able to undergo treatment safely and in your best interest.