Sports Massage is a very "hands-on" type of massage. You can expect a very in-depth treatment, involving manipulation of different tissues, including muscles, joints, tendons or ligaments. Sports Massage works with a variety of techniques to correct an imbalance or discomfort, caused by repetitive or strenuous physical activity, trauma or injury.
This treatment type is also often applied before and after sports events, as it can have a positive impact on the performance, reduce the risk of injury as well as enhancing recovery after the event, and prevent future injuries.
Who is Sports Massage for?
A Sports Massage is mainly used or booked by clients that are regularly active in sports or physical activities. However, this type of massage is not restricted to this particular clientele and can also be booked by clients of all ages. Sports Massage is also very popular for clients who regularly go to the gym or exercise classes.
What can I expect from my first Sports Massage Treatment?
A full consultation including medical history and body assessment is carried out prior to the Sports Massage. This will be re-assessed at the following treatments if the client chooses to book additional sessions. Following the full body assessment, the Sports Massage Therapist will decide on the best suitable treatment styles for the selected parts of the body that are affected by injury, pain or discomfort.
The therapist will then also advise the client of suitable exercises to carry out at home to aid the recovery, strengthen the selected area, improve range of movement and to prevent future injuries.
What are the benefits of Sports Massage?
The benefits of Sports Massage are very diverse and can include:
Improve range of movement in the body or selected muscles & joints
Reduce pain and discomfort
Increase joint flexibility
Promote regeneration of damaged tissue
Increase oxygen and nutrients supply into the tissue
Relax muscles and the body
Aid performance improvement prior to events
Aid body recovery after events or during training programs
Aid recovery from injuries and prevent injuries in future
What type of Massage Therapies can I expect?
Myofascial Release: Gentle sustained pressure is applied into the myofascial connective tissue to reduce pain, tension, and restrictions
Soft Tissue Release: Pressure is applied to a muscle whilst stretching at the same time. With active STR,
the client is participating by applying the stretch, whereas, with a passive STR, the therapist is applying the stretch
Muscle Energy Technique: Gentle contraction is applied to relax and lengthen a muscle, followed by stretching. This technique is applied repeatedly with an increase of the stretch after the contraction
Trigger Point Therapy: Deep pressure is applied to selected hyper-irritated muscle points on the body
and repeated up to three times in each position
Corrective Friction (Transverse): Deep friction massage is applied across the muscle fibres or ligaments
to break down adhesions
Connective Tissue Therapy: Gentle pressure is applied to the tissue whilst slowly pushing into opposite
directions to determine restrictions. Position is then held, skin pinched for a roll and rotated to release tension
EMMETT Muscle Release Technique: Light finger pressure is applied to specific places on the body.
This is based on the belief that light touch can trigger a relaxation response in the soft tissue and may help relieve tension. The EMMETT Technique is also available as a stand-alone therapy session. For more details, click here.
What do I need to consider when booking a Sports Massage?
The assessment will need to be carried out partially clothed. It is recommended to bring or wear a pair
of shorts (also for female clients to wear appropriate clothing to assess the upper body). If you have any chronic medical conditions (under medication, that may restrict massage treatments), I recommend checking with your GP prior to your treatment if massage is permitted. If you have recently incurred an acute severe injury (fracture or rupture) I recommend consulting your GP or emergency services first.
How long does the Sports Massage Session take?
Generally, the session can take between 60 and 90minutes, including the consultation time. I suggest allowing a bit more time for the consultation at the very first session. Follow-up sessions can take between 30 and 60minutes (time may vary).
Treatment times & Prices:
90min - £65
60min - £50
45min - £45
30min - £30
Please allow a minimum of 60minutes for your first Sports Massage treatment to allow enough time
for a full assessment as well as time for your treatment.