Sports massage

Massage to aid recovery from injuries or surgery or as part of a training programme

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 a sports 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:

  • Arm and hand massage
  • Back massage
  • Full body massage
  • Leg massage
  • Neck and shoulder massage

Can I bring someone to the session with me?

Yes, you are very welcome to bring somebody along; we are also able to provide chaperones should you require. Please inform our reception team when booking your appointment and we will happily arrange this on your behalf.

Please bear in mind children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who must remain throughout the treatment.

Do I need to get undressed?

It depends on the area being treated. There is no need to take off all your clothes for a foot and ankle massage; just wear loose trousers which you can pull up over your knees. We endeavour to ensure the modesty and dignity of our clients and use towels where possible to drape across during a treatment, helping you feel relaxed and comfortable.

To get the full benefits out of a full body massage it is recommended you remove your shirt, trousers and socks. You can wear underwear, bra, swimming trunks or swimming costume, whatever you feel most comfortable with. You do not need to reveal any part of your body in any way that makes you feel uncomfortable, we will do our utmost to make you feel comfortable and relaxed.

How long does a session last?

Depending on your needs, we offer sports massages of 30 minute, 45 minute and 60 minute duration.

Meet our Sports Massage Therapist at Nottingham

Nathalie Woolsey Butler
MSMA Level 5

Since qualifying as a Sports massage therapist in 2005 after graduating from Liverpool John Moores University with a BSC in Sports Science, I have worked in private practice as well as in elite sport. I spent a year as the Sports Massage Therapist for Nottingham Rugby Club before starting to work for the English Institute of Sport, where I spent 15 years. During this time I worked with British Canoeing at Holme Pierrepoint National Water Sports Centre as well as British Swimming and a number of other sports at Loughborough University.

I had the privilege to be part of the British Athletics team at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Paralympics, as well as attending the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and London 2012 Olympics with British Swimming. During this time, I have also worked at a number of Swimming World, European and British Championships as part of a multidisciplinary support team. 

I have a particular interest in Scarwork and helping people who feel that their scars are a problem to them and am a trained Scarwork therapist. I am committed to providing the best possible service to my clients and regularly attend courses to improve my skillset and the services I can offer. As well as sports massage therapy, I am trained in myofascial release, manual lymphatic drainage and oncology massage. I am a Level 5 sports massage therapist and a member of the Sports Massage Association. 

I have worked at Spire Nottingham Hospital since 2017 working closely with the practitioners in the physiotherapy department. I aim to give my patients a high level service that suits both them and their individual needs. My training and skillset is varied and I can offer many different types of therapy that is beneficial to all ages. It can help with recovery from injury, general muscle tightness and adhesions, post-surgical scar adhesions, for general relaxation, mental health and general wellbeing.

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