Sports Massage is a deep tissue massage that loosens tight muscles and breaks down adhesions in muscle fibres. It aids your recovery from injuries or after surgery or it can be used as part of your training programme in connection with a warm up or a cool down.
Sports massage is not just for sportsmen or women! It can also be used as an adjunct to your normal physiotherapy treatment or simply to relieve muscle tension or treat repetitive strain injuries, which everyone experiences from time to time.
Sports massage helps to:
- prevent injuries
- maintain the function of muscles
- helps your recovery from intense training
- stretches and loosens muscles
- improves blood flow
- improves movement of lymph and oxygen throughout the body
- helps to restore function to injured “soft tissues” (muscles, tendons and ligaments)
- removes metabolic waste resulting from exercise and inactivity.
Does massage hurt?
No form of massage should hurt anyone. Tender areas of tension or injury sometimes needs to be handled with some degree of pressure which enables the deep tissue work to break up adhesions in the muscle or scar tissue. Communication between therapist and client is essential.
Treatment can be focused on specific areas, including:
- Neck and shoulder massage
- Back massage
- Leg massage
- Arm and hand massage
- Full body massage
If you would prefer a specific muscle or area worked on, please discuss this with your therapist, who will be happy to help.