A well-executed sports massage is not always the most relaxing form of massage. It can be uncomfortable, sometimes possibly painful but most importantly, it will be effective.
Designed for the physically active, a sports massage combines techniques from other massage styles to provide a deep and rehabilitating process. These techniques manipulates the soft tissues to prevent injury, alleviate muscle or tendon pain and rid the soft tissue of any stress they are holding on to. Extremely beneficial to athletes, gym goers and also those who are desk bound between 9-5, a sports massage experience will vary from person to person depending on what their injuries or aggravations are.
Sports Massages are helpful when training for a run or other sports event. A regular treatment whilst training can help those looking to improve their personal bests and train harder. A pre event sports massage will be tailored to stimulate and focus on the areas of the body that will be exerted during the activity. A rehabilitative sports massage received after alleviate pain from an injury and return the affected tissue to normal. A restorative sports massage works to enable further training by preventing injury.
Sports massage can help ongoing conditions such as tight calves from running, or tense shoulders from sitting at a desk. Sports massage can also help with a recent injury sustained from a sprain or an accident.
Sports massages can also help relieve migraines and tension headaches.
Unlike a full body massage, the therapist will focus on specific areas of the body once an assessment has been carried out prior to the treatment.
Be aware that when the massage starts the therapist is trained to find your pain threshold, and work just below it whilst advising you on breathing techniques to manage any discomfort. You must let the therapist know how the pressure suits you so they can adapt their treatment to your needs.
Sports Massage includes:
Myofascial release techniques to stretch the fascia; a hollow fibrous network of connective tissue made of elastin and collagen that surrounds the organs, bones, muscles and tendons within the body. Poor posture and physical trauma can cause the fascia to become hard and lose elasticity, resulting in a decrease in flexibility. Manipulating and stretching during a sports massage will relax the fascia and tissue it surrounds to regain the flexibility and motion.
Trigger Point Work – trigger points are a natural part of the muscle and can directly cause pain without explanation. By using cycles of isolated pressure and release it is possibilities to get rid of the trigger points.
Muscle Energy – This technique often uses an active contraction of the muscle against a resistive source and is mainly used to stretch, strengthen and relax tight postural muscles.
Soft Tissue release – Designed to stretch localised areas of tendons, fascia and muscles that are tight. The tissue and direction of its fibres will be identified, then the either active, passive or weight bearing technique will be applied.
Your body will undergo trauma during a sports massage, and while it’s likely you will feel a bit sore for a couple of days, you may also feel cold, thirsty or tired as your body works to metabolize the waste products removed from the soft tissue. Drinking plenty of water and taking a warm bath with Epsom Salts (available at reception) will aid this process. Those suffering from any viral infection are advised not to receive a sports massage whilst ill. A sports massage will stimulate the circulation and lymphatic system and can cause the virus to spread in the body.
It usually takes 24-48 hours to feel the full effect of a sports massage after which you should feel comfortable, rejuvenated and refreshed.
1 hour costs £55, 90 mins £80