Let’s be honest. A well-executed Sports Massage is far from a pamper session. It may be uncomfortable, could quite possibly be painful but most importantly, it will work.
It’s all about you:
We will always carry out an initial consultation - this may only take a few minutes or it could take 15 minutes if we need to gather more information. It’s really important we understand the purpose so we can make sure we provide the best possible massage service.
Designed for the physically active, a Sports Massage incorporates techniques from other massage styles to become an entity that works 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 experience will vary from person to person depending on what their 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.
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.
Be aware that when the massage starts – that’s when things will get interesting! Our therapist is trained to find your pain threshold, and work just below it whilst advising on your breathing techniques to manage any discomfort. For instance, throughout the massage you may be asked for feedback on level of pain or discomfort using a scale of 1-10.
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.
Your body will undergo trauma during a Sports Massage, and while it’s likely you may feel a bit sore for a few days, you may also feel cold, thirsty and a faint as your body works to metabolise the waste products removed from the soft tissue. Drinking plenty of water and taking a warm bath will aid this process.
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 effect of a Sports Massage after which you should feel comfortable, rejuvenated and refreshed.
ALL APPOINTMENTS £40 / 60mins (discounted packages available for block bookings)
60 minute appointments
Pre Challenge/Event/Race - Designed to stimulate, this massage will focus on the areas of the body that will be exerted during the activity.
Post Challenge/Event/Race - Received after undertaking the activity, it aids the tissues to recover.
Back, shoulders & neck massage - Ideal for those who spend lots of time working behind a desk or driving for long periods
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 rather than a racer-back sports bra. Please shower if you will have trained immediately prior to your massage.
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.
How often should I have a massage?
Once again, this all comes back to you, some will only have a massage pre or post-race, others will book a monthly or fortnightly appointment as they feel the benefit of regular massage.
Health Care – Insurance
Do you have a health care insurance policy which provides you with Sports Massage? Your therapist is Level 3 & 4 Sports Massage qualified and a member of STA. Check your policy as you may be able to claim your treatment back. Please let us know if you require further information or if you will require an insurance receipt.
Booking your appointment:
Call: 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