** Sports Massage **
What is Sports Massage?
Sports Massage stimulates and invigorates blood flow and lymph drainage whilst simultaneously warming muscle tissue and releasing muscle tension. Massage applied professionally, is the most effective therapeutic technique for releasing muscle tension and speeding up the recovery of muscle tears and strains.
The Sports Massage Association defines sports massage as "the application of soft tissue techniques with the aim of managing, manipulating and rehabilitating muscles, tendons and ligaments", this essentially means all of the soft tissue in the musculoskeltal system.
Once reserved for top athletes, it is now available for everyone and can become part of your whole training routine or aid injury recovery.
How might it help me?
Though it was developed for people who take sport seriously, sports massage is also good for anyone who has injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of movement in a particular area. Repetitive overuse of the body can cause injuries around the bones and joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles.
Sports massage can prevent these minor conditions from becoming chronic, thereby preserving the sportsperson's performance and preventing more serious injury. The therapist usually concentrates on one specific problem area for example a neck sprain, frozen shoulder, pulled hamstring or sore knee from running – though a full body massage can be given.
Trigger point therapy is used to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of movement.
Pre event – delivered prior to an event to help stimulate the body and tissues
Post event – given up to 2 hours after an event to normalise tissues
Maintenance massage – this loosens off tightness within soft tissue so as to improve performance and reduce injury
Injury treatment – to alleviate pain due to injury and returning the body to health
How does a typical session go?
Your sports massage therapist will have a short consultation to find out which area has sustained injury and what it is that you hope to get from the treatment and will take a short medical history. This will then be followed by a short examination. The overall assessment will help the therapist to develop an appropriate plan tailored to meet your specific needs.
Timing of the appointment will vary upon what your needs are and may last from 30 minutes to 1 hour.
What does it cost?
30 minutes from £22.00
1 hour from £38.00
Relax and Pamper Massage
1 hour full body massage £38.00
1/2 hour back, neck and shoulder massage £22.00
Sophie Sweeney (Qualified Sports Therapist for over 7 years with a Diploma in Sports Therapy/Degree in Sports, Health, Exercise & Nutrition)
Keith Jobes ( Sports Massage Therapist Level 3)
Stu Houston ( Sports Massage Therapist Level 3)