LEVEL 4 SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPIST 

 SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPY Mark is a Level 4 Sports Massage Therapist and brings his knowledge of both sports massage and personal training to the treatment room, to enable him to provide the best possible sports massage treatment.  You don't have to be into fitness or sport to benfit from a sports massage. Many of Marks clients don't do any sport but feel the benefit from regular sport massages. Reasons such as sitting at a desk for long periods, driving, standing up on a production line or daily life can all cause issues with your tissues which a sports massage can help ease.  

APPOINTMENT DETAILS: 
Initial Appointment is 90mins (sometimes a little longer) to allow for consultation, administration etc. 
60 or 30 minute appointments available thereafter. 
Appointments are available from 6.30am daily. 
£35 per session 
 
BOOKING YOUR APPOINTMENT: 
Complete the form below and we will be in touch to arrange your appointment. 
Or you may choose to call us: 01952 290762 (please note, we man reception ourselves so we may be with clients - but please do leave a message and we will call you back at our earliest convenience). 
Mobile: Call or Text 07980 425 458 
It’s all about you: 
Before your massage, we will always carry out an initial consultation - this may only take a few minutes or it could take longer if we need to gather more information. It’s really important we understand the purpose of your visit so that we can make sure we provide the best possible massage service. 
 
A Sports Massage incorporates techniques from other massage styles to provide a deep and rehabilitating process that manipulates the soft tissue. Extremely beneficial to athletes, gym goers or even those that are desk bound between 9-5, a Sports Massage will vary from person to person depending on what your aggravations or injuries are. 
 
Restorative – Often received regularly whilst training for an event or for those looking to progress their training. Also works well for those who work behind a desk or drive for long periods of time. Restorative Sports Massage works to enable further training by helping to prevent possible injuries. 
 
Rehabilitative – Serves to alleviate pain from an injury and return the affected tissue to normal. It’s important that any injury is assessed before any massage is provided. Please let us know if your massage booking is due to injury so we can prepare or gather any relevant information. 
 
The experience will vary just as the reasons for deciding on a Sports Massage will vary. It may be that you have ongoing conditions such as tight calves from running, or tense shoulders from sitting at a desk or have sustained a recent injury from a sprain or an accident. Even those who have recently undergone surgery opt for treatment. Sports Massages are also often used by those that suffer from migraines and tension headaches. 
 
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Unlike a full body massage, it is likely that we will focus on specific areas of the body once an assessment has been carried out prior to the treatment. A client assessment will include a range of exercises that will allow your therapist to observe your posture & symmetry, flexibility and mobility of the muscles and joints along with your range of movements through passive, resistive and active movements. 
 
Sports Massage predominantly uses myofascial release techniques to stretch the fascia; a hollow fibrous network of connective tissue made of elastin and collagen that surrounds the organs, bones, muscles and tendons within the body. Poor posture and physical trauma can cause the fascia to become hard and lose elasticity, resulting in a decrease in flexibility. Manipulating and stretching it during a Sports Massage will relax the fascia and tissue it surrounds to regain the flexibility and motion. 
 
Other advanced techniques that will be used include: 
 
Trigger Point Work – trigger points are a natural part of the muscle and can directly cause pain without explanation. By using cycles of isolated pressure and release it is possible to reduce the trigger points. 
 
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM) - IASTM is the use of a tool to work on the soft tissue of the body during massage. Instrument-assisted massage influences the fascia which is a connective tissue web-like structure that encompasses every bone, muscle organ, ligament and tendon in the body. Fascia is affected by stressors such as repetitive movement patterns which can cause the connective tissue to stretch and bind. IASTM can help break down these bindings or adhesions in the fascia and scar tissue. IASTM can begin the healing process which lays down new fibres. Combining IASTM with movement patterns helps to organise the new tissue. Like sports massage or deep tissue massage, IASTM can also be used to break up muscle adhesions and restore tissue to its normal length and function. 
 
Those suffering from any viral infection are advised not to receive a Sports Massage whilst ill. A Sports Massage will stimulate the circulation and lymphatic system and can cause the virus to spread in the body. 
 
It can take 24-48 hours to feel the full benefit of a Sports Massage after which you should feel comfortable, rejuvenated and refreshed. 
 
What to wear: 
Depending on the area of your body to be worked on, we ask clients to dress appropriately. For a more effective treatment we suggest wearing lightweight, flexible clothing such as loose shorts and a vest top or similar. For ladies receiving a back/shoulder massage, we would suggest wearing a standard bra and NOT a racer-back sports bra. A changing room is available within the treatment room.  
Please shower if you will have trained immediately before your massage - shower facilities are available on site.  
 
Creams & Oils 
If you have any allergies to creams or oils, please let us know on booking. If you prefer a certain cream or oil, please feel free to bring your own.  
 
Mark uses 2 different waxes generally. One is a liquid wax which is used for 80% of his massage techniques. The other is a sports massage wax which provides additonal grip and control when needed such as when using tool assited massage. 
 
How often should you have a massage? 
Some will have a sports massage weekly, fortnightly, monthly or as and when they feel it's time. Others will have a sports massage pre or post-race. We can offer advice and guidance post treatment to help you get the most from each massge and the timings. 
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