What is Sports Massage?
Sports or Remedial massage involves the use of various techniques with the aim of:
- Treating sports injuries
- Improving specific pain conditions
- Maintaining a healthy body
- Preventing injury
A sports massage may not be as relaxing as a more holistic massage, depending on what techniques are used and what your specific needs are. You may be asked to participate more actively in the treatment. Some techniques may involve a certain amount of discomfort. You will always remain in control throughout your session and I welcome your feedback to ensure that the level of pressure is appropriate for you.
Who is it for?
- If you are an athlete who is injured and want help with your recovery. Good Sports Massage and rehabilitation advice can help you to get back on track as quickly as possible!
- It can also be hugely beneficial to incorporate regular sports massage into your training schedule. It can be a great help in keeping your body healthy and dealing with any niggles as they arise before they turn into injuries.
- You don’t have to be an athlete to have Sports Massage! Non-athletes can get injured too. Sports Massage is totally appropriate if you have back pain, neck and shoulder pain, RSI’s, whiplash injuries, sciatica and many other musculoskeletal conditions.
Most sessions will involve a mixture of some or all of the following techniques, depending on your needs and what it is you want to achieve:
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage Involves the use of slow, deep pressure to the body’s soft tissues, predominantly muscles and tendons. The aim is to relax and lengthen tight muscles so as to increase range of motion, reduce pain, and encourage circulation. Palms, thumbs, fingers, forearms and elbows can all be used to apply an appropriately deep yet sensitive pressure. Deep tissue massage is also deeply relaxing and calming to the nervous system and is a very popular treatment by itself or combined with more holistic approaches such as hot stones, reflexology or aromatherapy oils.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger Points are tender or painful spots within muscles or fascia. They are tender when pressed and can also refer pain to other parts of the body. For example, trigger points in the upper Trapezius muscle of the shoulder can refer into the jaw or temple, causing headaches. Trigger points in the Gluteus Medius muscle in the outside of the hip can refer into the lower back. And some trigger points in the Quadriceps can cause pain to be felt in the knee.
Through knowledge of the referral patterns of trigger points, pain can be traced back to its source, which may be some distance from where it is felt. These trigger points can then be treated by holding pressure on them until they release.
Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds every one of our muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and organs, forming a 3D web that connects and protects our whole body. Myofascial release techniques address mainly the myofascia that surrounds and penetrates our muscles. These techniques range from deep and strong strokes that move through the fascia, to more subtle but profound myofascial stretches. Myofascial techniques are usually done without oil in order to better ‘grip’ the fascia. Fascia can become tight or stuck due to injury or stress or the way we hold ourselves, causing pain or discomfort. Myofascial release can help to soften and unwind the fascia, reducing pain and restoring movement.
I nearly always incorporate different kinds of stretching techniques into a Sports Massage. Some techniques I use are:
- Soft Tissue Release (STR): this involves pinning or compressing the muscle at various points in order to stretch it thoroughly all the way through. It is very effective for releasing adhesions in muscles and increasing range of motion of a joint.
- MET (muscle energy technique): which is an active stretch where the client contacts the muscle to be stretched against resistance before a stretch is applied. It takes advantage of the ‘post-isometric relaxation’ effect, where a muscle can be stretched further after it has been contracted.
- Passive stretching: is probably what you think of when you think of stretching. The therapist takes a muscle into a stretch position and holds it for around 30 seconds to a minute, taking the muscle deeper into the stretch as it lets go.
Muscle Activation – Be Activated
Be Activated it a comprehensive system of muscle activation. It involves a series of muscle flexibility and strength tests combined with stimulation of certain reflex points in order to activate muscles that might not be firing correctly. Most people will have developed particular compensation patterns that may eventually lead to pain or injury, or simply mean that we use our bodies less efficiently. Be Activated technique can help to identify compensation patterns, restore correct function, reduce pain and improve performance.
Whilst a good sports massage can be great for helping to reduce pain and speed up the healing process, incorporating some kind of rehabilitation into your daily life or training program helps you to continue the good work and take control of your recovery. Sometimes this might involve general recommendations such as joining a regular yoga or pilates class. Often, I will recommend specific exercises or short exercise routines that you feel happy to do on a regular basis. These exercises may include strength exercises, self-activation, stretching or foam rolling. Pain and injuries may have a lengthy history or complex causes and can take time to properly resolve. Taking an active part in this process goes a long way to ensuring a positive outcome.
Sports Massage Price list
|35 Minutes||60 Minutes||75 Minutes||90 Minutes|
|Deep Tissue Massage||£39||£55||£70||£80|
|Sports Remedial Massage||£39||£55||£70||£80|
|Sports Massage with Myofascial Release||N/A||£55||N/A||£80|