What is a Sports massage?
This treatment uses deep stretching techniques tissue to correct problems and imbalances caused by physical activity.
Sports massage is an effective way to release tension and restore balance in your musculoskeletal system.
If you are a serious athlete, incorporating regular massages into your training plan can support training and recovery, and may even prevent some minor injuries from occurring.
You don’t have to be a professional athlete to benefit from this treatment; it can also help lengthen and strengthen muscles and joints in those who work out casually.
Who would benefit from a sports massage?
Anyone who enjoys regular physical activity, or is currently recovering from a sporting injury. This type of massage will help improve flexibility and may reduce recovery time.
People who may choose to select this treatment:
Be sure to advise your therapist of any pre-existing medical conditions or areas to avoid before they begin your treatment.Sports massage potential benefits
What to expect:
During your Sports massage treatment
Your therapist may begin with a postural and gait analysis, and will discuss your medical history and any current injuries. This treatment takes place on a table, so you will need to undress and will be covered with a towel. Sports massage uses oil, cream or wax to work into deep pressure points, so the experience can be very intense at times.
Sports massage techniques
Your therapist will use a combination of trigger point techniques, cross-fibre friction and myofascial release, alongside joint mobilisations and stretches. Sports massages combine elements of Swedish massage, Advanced Stretching and Deep Tissue massage techniques to improve blood flow to your muscles and increase oxygen levels in the body.
After your Sports massage
Following your massage, your muscles may feel sore for a day or two, though it may also help to alleviate existing soreness. Take a warm bath, ensure you get adequate rest and drink plenty of water. Never put strain on muscles that are already feeling tender.
What is the difference between Sports therapy and a Sports massage?
A Sports Therapist is often qualified to administer massage, but may also use ultrasound or cryotherapy, and can provide guidance on visualisation and motivation techniques.
For those wanting a hands-on treatment, a Sports massage may be more than enough to release and strengthen muscles, assist in the removal of metabolic waste and promote relaxation before a big event.
Does Sports massage hurt?
A Sports massage is likely to be more intense than a relaxation massage, but should never be painful. Let your therapist know if you are experiencing discomfort and they can ease off the pressure or avoid certain areas if needed. In sports it is often said "no pain no gain." In massage therapy however, this is not the case. Uncomfortable is fine, painful is not. Just communicate with your therapist throughout the treatment.
What type of therapists specialise in Sports massage?
Therapists that have a high level of knowledge about anatomy and physiology, and have trained specifically in the field. They will typically have a good knowledge of sporting injury, rehabilitation methods and training practices.
We have 2 sports massage therapists at Willow Massage Centre, along side a clinical massage therapist. They are highly trained to help you with your injuries.