Sports massage is specifically designed to assist active people in their sport or fitness activities and therefore the primary concerns are:
Muscular and skeletal alignment
How exercise affects the body’s systems
How massage can promote or reduce these effects for the benefit of the athlete
Aims of Sports massage
Promotion of recovery from exercise
The techniques used are more specific to the muscle group that is being targeted; this involves stretches and deep tissue massage. Body posture analysis is an assessment of your posture to check for imbalances that might be contributing to any pain or discomfort. The manipulation of soft tissue prior to and after exercise promotes a wide variety of changes that aid performance and recovery.
Some of the benefits include:
The release of muscle tension and pain
The removal of waste products
Reduces discomfort as a result of vigorous exercise
Improved posture and flexibility
Some of the effects of sports massage can include:
Stretches soft tissue
Relieves muscle tension
Improves flexibility of muscle
Reduces muscle spasm
Improves formation of scar tissue
Increases blood and lymph flow
Removes waste products
Stimulates the nervous system
Increases supply of oxygen and nutrients to the soft tissue
Holistic massage treats the whole person, including body, mind and emotions. Each massage is tailored to your unique needs.
Massage can be beneficial for
Reviving a tired body Restoring balance
Treating the effects of stress Aching joints
High or low blood pressure
Relaxing and unwinding Hyperactivity
Headaches and migraines Strained muscles
Heart and circulatory disorders Back ache
Neck and shoulder tension Insomnia
Mental and physical tension
At the start of the first treatment you will be asked some confidential questions on
Current medical history
The massage session will normally be in the lying down position using warm towels and oil. You should feel relaxed and in control of your treatment. It is also possible to have a clothed, seated massage.
The main techniques used in massage include:
1. Effleurage to help drain blood from the smallest blood vessels which immediately fill up again with fresh blood. Tissue fluid is also dispersed and quickly replenished from the blood.
All strokes are made in the direction of the heart, pushing blood towards it. One or both hands can be used.
2. Kneading affects the muscle and fibrous tissue. It can be performed in any direction, with one or both hands.
3. Skin rolling affects fat and fibrous tissue, helping the circulation and also stretching the tissues. It will not reduce fat unless accompanied by suitable diet and exercise.
An essential part of all training is to ensure the body is kept in the best condition possible and that means more passive activites must be included in the form of sports massage. We are happy to be able to offer a range of therapies including Holistic Massage, Hot Stone Therapy and general Sports Massage. These need to be considered vital components of any regime and we would highly recommend regular inclusion of at least one of these therapies.
NOTE: Due to the individual nature of these therapies and personal, specific requirements, please contact us so that we can discuss your therapy and then give a price accordingly.
Hot Stones massage is combined with a massage to provide a very healing and effective experience. The hot stones also expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body. The hot stones have a sedative effect that can help relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.
This massage involves moving warm, oiled stones over the body in conjunction with the massage.
Hot stone massage benefits can include:
Hot stone massages
Boost your circulation Relax you Poor circulation Rheumatic and arthritic conditions
Release stored tension Muscular pain Fibromyalgia Back pain
Recharge your energy levels Stress Insomnia Depression
Your massage therapist
Susan Wood is qualified from the Massage Training Institute UK in 2014
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