Sports Massage

Sports massage was originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. Sports massage emphasises prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons.

But you don’t have to be in the Olympics to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. The massage therapist generally concentrates on a specific problem area (sore neck and shoulders, anyone?).

There are four types of sports massages:

Pre-event
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
given within an hour or two of the event, to normalize the body’s tissues
Restorative
given during training to allow the athlete to train harder and with less injury
Rehabilitative
aimed at alleviating pain due to injury and returning the body to health

When Should I Get A Sports Massage?

A sports massage is a good choice if you have a specific problem, a tender knee from running for instance. It is also be a good idea to see a movement therapist, who can help you identify and correct the movement pattern that might be causing your injury in the first place.

The therapist generally focuses in on the problem area, a tight hamstring for instance, rather than giving you a full-body massage. If you have an expectations or questions about your treatment, please discuss this with your therapist.

Awesome! Had a brilliant treatment with Erin which seems to have done what none of the other treatments have managed in the last 3 years. Reckon I'll need another one yet but feel fab & no 'healing crisis' like I sometimes get. This is not your average sports massage or holistic massage this is the best!
Tracy Fance