What is a Sports Massage?
- Sports massage is a physical, hands-on massage applied directly to the skin and is used as a means to Manage, Mobilise, Manipulate and Rehabilitate the soft tissues of the body such as muscles, tendons and ligaments.
- Sports massage combines deep tissue work & stretching techniques to avoid injury & its recurrence. Regular massage relieves unbalanced muscles tensions, improving muscular functions & performance.
- We work alongside highly qualified and experienced Therapists who provide the most complete and well rounded approach to injury recovery and maintenance.
- Massage, applied skilfully, is the most effective therapy for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the musculo-skeletal system.
What Does Sports Massage Help With?
- Performance enhancement
- Aid faster recovery
- Reduce risk of injury to new sports and new training methods
- Heal Sports specific injuries ie Tennis & Golfers elbow, Tendonitis etc
- Relieves unbalanced muscles tensions, improving muscular functions & performance
- Perfect way to banish the stress & fatigue you have accumulated throughout your busy life
What are the Benefits of a Sports Massage?
- Improved muscle tone and quality
- Improved muscle length
- Breakdown and re-modelling of scar tissue
- Improved circulation and lymph drainage
- Performance enhancement pre – competition
- Greater recovery post-exercise and competition
- Assist in the removal of metabolic waste
- Sedate or stimulate nerve endings
- Maintain the body in a generally better condition
- Reduce the risk of injuries and loss of mobility
We reserve the right to charge the full fee for any cancellation made with less than 12 hours notification or for missed appointments.
How is Sports Massage different from other types of massage?
The basic techniques in sports massage can be the same as the basic techniques in any other forms of therapeutic massage. However, in sports massage the therapist may apply the techniques more firmly and deeply. The sports massage therapist may also make more use of friction techniques which involves applying deep pressure to tissues repeatedly to break down adhesions (sticky bits on tendons) and soften scar tissue.
Does a Sports Massage hurt?
A sports massage is applied deeper to manipulate muscle tissue more effectively. This can induce a deeper relaxation although at the time some techniques (not all) may border on the uncomfortable.
However, the massage should not be so painful that it causes a client to tighten up or tense with pain as it has little benefit to them. During a treatment with a sports massage therapist, they will ask how the pressure is and gauge how the client reacts to deeper techniques in certain areas.
What should I wear during a massage?
Wear loose, comfortable clothing and underwear. Your modesty will be covered at all times and you will be draped with a towel to protect any clothing from oils used.
Other Key things to Note:
- Please make sure you arrive on time so that you have maximum time on the couch!
- After a massage make sure you drink plenty of water to help your body get rid of the extra metabolic waste products which have been moved out of muscles and into the blood and lymph system.
- The day after a deep massage you may be a little sore, particularly if you are not used to it. Don’t have a massage the day before an important competition unless you are sure it works for you – leave a day or so to recover.