Sports Massage is a deep tissue therapy that integrates a number of different techniques to provide a no-nonsense treatment that deals directly with the body’s soft tissues. It utilises such techniques as Trigger Point therapy, Muscle Energy Techniques, Soft Tissue Release and Neuromuscular technique. It is used to assist the healing and rehabilitation of injuries and dysfunction, as well as to facilitate movement and maintain the general health of the soft tissues.
If a client comes to me with a particular issue they have then I will advise them to go through a full Biomechanics Assessment before having a Sports Massage (although this is not always essential). This is because the site of pain or tension is often not the cause. And so if we were to simply rub the areas that are sore or ‘tight’ then this could aggravate the issues and not actually help in the long run.
After a Biomechanics Assessment, then Sports Massage is unbelievably beneficial. Because after the assessment I have a plan of where exactly the issues lie and so can focus on releasing those specific areas that need the treatment. This means that it takes out the guesswork and actually helps to deal with the cause of the issue rather than masking it with pain relief which is what Massage tends to get used for.
However, if there are no issues then a full body Sports Massage can be just what is needed to release tension, improve circulation, reduce injury risk and boost physical and mental well-being.
And the best thing is that Sports Massage is just as relevant to an office worker, crippled by an unsuitable desk arrangement as it is to an Olympic athlete suffering a torn hamstring. Yes it’s labelled as ‘Sports’ Massage but there really is no need for you to play a sport in order to gain the benefits.