Sports massage therapy helps to alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, it can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether one is an athlete, ardent keep-fitter or a once a week jogger.
This treatment is not just for the sports person: anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious (occupational, emotional and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries).
Sports massage tends to be deeper and more intense. It is based on the various elements of Swedish massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction and toning.
There are four types of sports massages:
· Pre-event sports massage. A short, stimulating massage 15 - 45 minutes before the event. It is directed toward the parts of the body that will be involved in the exertion.
· Post-event sports massage. Given within an hour or two of the event, to normalize the body's tissues.
· Restorative sports massage. Given during training to allow the athlete to train harder and with less injury.
· Rehabilitative sports massage. Aimed at alleviating pain due to injury and returning the body to health.
Together we will focus in your problem area rather than giving you a full body massage. Treatment normally lasts 60 minutes.