What is Sports Massage?

Sports Massage is an effective way to aid the natural healing of structures in the body. It can increase the range of movement around a joint, reduce pain and improve posture. It is a source of relaxation and can help relieve stress that is being carried by the body.

 

What are the benefits?

  • Helps realign individual muscle fibres
  • Can relieve tensile stresses in the muscles
  • Can improve lymphatic drainage, helping to flush away the toxins in the body
  • Can improve blood circulation, increasing oxygen levels and removing waste products- e.g. lactic acid and carbon dioxide
  • Increases blood flow to the injured area supplying the tissues with new nutrients, aiding in repair
  • Can improve moods by feeling more relaxed

 

Techniques

General Relaxation Massage

General-Relaxation-Massage-circleThis technique is a superficial massage which generally does not cross the pain barrier. Effleurage strokes, meaning to skim or touch lightly, are used to warm up the area before other techniques are used. This helps to get the blood flowing to the particular area and releases tension in the superficial muscles. Petrissage techniques, meaning to knead, can now be used and these movements help to reach the more underlying muscles. More pressure can be applied with this technique and it will help to realign the muscle fibres. Effleurage strokes are used to “cool down” the muscles gradually and continue to relax the client releasing stress in the body.

 

Pre and Post Sport Massage

pre-andpost-massage-1-circlePre Sport Massage is a quick way to warm muscles up before exercise takes place. Quick Effleurage strokes are used initially which quickly leads on to Tapotement actions. Tapotement actions involve quick, repetitive movements over the skin to increase blood flow resulting in the warming up of muscles. The increase in circulation helps increase oxygen levels to the muscles and therefore should help the quality of the game or match.

 

 

 

 

 

pre-andpost-massage-2-circlePost Sport Massage is very similar to general relaxation massage apart from the fact that no Petrissage techniques are used. It is simply to cool the muscles down and help the body to flush away toxins that were produced from exercise. It also helps to realign any muscles fibres and benefits the recovery period.

 

 

 

 

Deep Tissue Massage

deep-tissue-massage-circleEffleurage strokes are used first to initiate blood flow to the area, followed by the deeper Petrissage techniques. These allow the therapist to sink deeper into the underlying muscles where the tensile stresses are held. Now Deep Tissue Massage techniques can be used which can cause discomfort. However it is this discomfort that is benefitting the muscles by reducing the knotted fibres found. To do this, the deep massage strokes are applied transversely or circular on the muscle to break down any adhesions. Once the knots are removed or reduced, depending on the severity, Effleurage stokes are used to finish off the massage.

 

Trigger Points

trigger-points-circleThe majority of people will have trigger points in the same parts of their bodies. It is the general area where muscles will knot and feel like a hard nodule to touch. When releasing the pressure of the trigger point it can be fairly painful, however the benefit far outweighs any pain felt. Once a trigger point has been released there is an automatic feeling of relaxation in that muscle which helps both mental and the physical aspects in the body.

 

Soft Tissue Release

soft-tissue-circleThis is a technique that stretches the muscle fibres that are tight. Firstly, the muscle is put into a shortened position, and by using the hand the muscle is locked in position. The limb of the client is then used as a lever to stretch out the tight muscle. The therapist moves their locking position further up the muscle and every time the lever is placed back in the shortened position. Soft Tissue Release is used instead of normal stretching as when ordinarily stretching a muscle, only the pliable muscle fibres are stretched. However when using Soft Tissue Release the actual tight fibres are located and then stretched so the pliable fibres are not taking over.

 

Connective Tissue Therapy

 

Connective-tissue-therapy-2-circleConnective Tissue can also be known as fascia, which runs around the outside of the muscle keeping them in compartments. However sometimes fascia can either stick to the muscle or stick to the skin above. This creates a reduced range of movement and therefore techniques are used to separate these layers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connective-tissue-therapy-circleRolling is a technique that is used, this and other techniques are not painful but can be slightly discomforting when the fascia pulls away the layer it is attached too. It can help improve movement around the muscles and therefore increases the area in which muscles can contract. With stronger contractions comes a higher quality of performance.

 

 

FAQs

  • What to Wear?

    Generally if you know that work is going to be carried out on the legs then shorts are appropriate. For women a sports bra is helpful if work is being carried out on the upper body. Towels are provided to aid privacy on all areas of the body.

  • Do I need to bring anything?

    Just wear suitable clothing and everything else is provided.

  • What do I need for a mobile visit?

    Space available to set up a massage table.

  • What will be used on my skin?

    There is a choice of either massage oil or lotion.

  • Do I need to book several sessions for the treatment to work?

    The massage will begin to work in your first session, the more sessions you have the more beneficial it is. This is because with more work carried out on the specific area, the more aligned muscle fibres will become and circulation will improve.

 

Prices & Booking

30 mins £20.00

45mins £25.00

1 hour £30.00

£5.00 will be added for mobile visits on all time scales

 

Initial 1 hour massage £25

 

See contact details below or visit the contact page to book or for any enquiries.