Sports massage is not just for athletes it is for everyone!
Every day our bodies communicate with us. Something as simple as sitting in the same position for long periods of time or carrying out repetitive tasks can have a knock on effect if not dealt with. These signals are experienced as aches, pains, tightness and restriction to movement. Sports massage separates the soft tissue that is stuck together softening hardened tissue, promoting circulation, helping restore movement and mobility around joints that have become stiff and painful.
If you are an athlete then you probably already know the value in having regular sports massages especially as part of your preparation or recovery from an event. Working to either loosen, repair or refresh sore, aching limbs goes along way in improving endurance, strength and mobility.
Anyone with a fresh injury should seek medical advice from a medical professional. This is not a role that a Sports massage therapist should fill.
Sports massage is a deep tissue massage that aims to massage and manipulate the muscles, stretch out the fascia, and work remedially to ease tightness and restrictions. A good sports massage therapist uses a multitude of techniques such as Neuromuscular Therapy 'NMT', Soft Tissue Release 'STR' and Myofascial Release tailoring them to the needs of the individual client. An excellent knowledge of the anatomy allows a sports massage therapist to utilise both passive and active methods of stretching muscles in order to encourage recovery of damaged areas without causing discomfort or additional stress.
Human physiology has amazing capabilities but it doesn't mean we cannot give it a helping hand. Sports massage can help with a range of sports injuries such as shin splints, hamstring tears, tennis elbow, conditions such as scoliosis, sciatica, RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), frozen shoulders, tight calves, sore glutes, breathing difficulties and sore, tight shoulders, as well as stress related conditions such as tension headaches and migraines.