Sports Massage

The prime purpose of sports massage is to alleviate the stress and tension that builds up in the body’s soft tissue during physical activity. Sports massage can quickly and effectively help break down adhesions and lesions that can occur due to overuse and over exertion thus improving flexibility and performance.

This treatment is not just for the sports person. Anyone in a physically demanding job or any repetitive activity can benefit from sports massage.

Sports massage tends to be deep, intense and specific to the affected muscle group. It is based on the various elements of Swedish massage but will incorporate advanced techniques such as fascial release, neuromuscular techniques and trigger point techniques.

As a skilled therapist I bring together a blend of these techniques, knowledge and post treatment advice to work effectively with my client to bring about optimum performance and to provide injury free training and minimise post event injuries.

I work closely with Personal Trainer, David Page who founded ‘Your 1 to 1 Fitness’. David will listen to what you wish to achieve and encourage you through an exercise program carefully designed to stretch and strengthen muscles. This will help increase mobility, and increase stamina levels. Deep tissue massage is a perfect compliment to a training schedule.

There are three main areas where you can benefit from sports massage.

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Maintenance Massage

A regular massage treatment programme based on my knowledge of anatomy and of the muscles used in a given sport. By concentrating on specific muscle groups I can help maintain or improve range of motion and muscle flexibility.

Pre and Post Event Massage

Pre event treatment is used to supplement an athletes warm up to enhance circulation and reduce excess muscle and mental tension prior to competition. It is tailored to the needs of the athlete and the event and can be relaxing or stimulating as appropriate.

Post event massage will help reduce muscle spasms and metabolic build up that occurs with rigorous activity. Sports massage techniques can enhance the bodies own recovery process improving the athletes ability to return to training and competition and reducing the risk of injury.

Rehabilitation

Even with preventative maintenance, muscles ache, tear, cramp and bruise. Sports massage can speed healing and reduce discomfort during rehabilitation.

Soft tissue techniques are effective in the management of acute and chronic injuries.

Trigger point techniques reduce the spasm and pain that occur in the injured and the opposing muscles.

Cross-fibre frictioning can help the healing process by improving the formation of strong, flexible repair tissue, which is vital in maintaining full pain free range of motion during rehabilitation.