A maintenance massage during rest from heavy training periods will help combat the unwelcome effects of over-use, especially if you concentrate on one main activity. Techniques used will assess for areas of potential injury, monitoring the condition of the tissues. Treatment to the muscles will break down any adhesions and fibrous tissue found, preventing injury and enhancing performance. No one wants that tight calf muscle to develop into plantar fasciitis 6 months down the line…
Regular massage treatments are used to target muscles commonly overworked in a given sport and are common areas for problems or injury. Active, functional stretching; although important to relieve tension and maintain flexibility; cannot target small areas of a muscle the way deep massage treatments can. If only a small part of the muscle is affected by a tight band or ‘knot’, the remaining majority of the muscle fibres can stretch around it quite adequately, thus avoiding the problem area being affected by the stretch. Techniques used in sports massage can target the knotted area and stretch and manipulate it in all directions, allowing fresh blood to now circulate through the untangled tissue. This massage treatment is important and beneficial to not only the sportsperson but anyone whose body is placed under demands from postural, job related or emotional stresses.
Helping an athlete prepare for an event, a pre-event massage targets the muscle groups to be used, lightly flushing and stretching target areas, increasing circulation and bringing oxygen and nutrients to the muscles. This can be performed from a few minutes to a few days before the activity. Often it is performed within a few hours to competition and is shorter in duration. Aims of a pre-event massage are to assist with warm up, decrease muscle tension, optimise performance, invigorate and prepare the muscles for activity, decrease anxiety and nervous tension and allow for mental readiness.
Beneficial for up to a couple of days post-event, this massage aims to normalise the tissues and bring them back to their former state. Techniques used will aim to increase circulation, flushing out congested areas of metabolic waste products from the muscles (such as lactic acid) potentially reducing soreness and improving and increasing recovery time. Fresh blood will be brought to nutritionally depleted muscles and swelling due to micro-trauma, induced from a period of hard training or performance, is reduced. Post-event massage functions also are to restore muscle tone and flexibility and reduce muscle cramps and spasms.
Sports injury specific massage
Massage to acutely injured tissue is locally contraindicated and the PRICE (protect, rest, ice, compress and elevate) protocol should be followed but once signs of inflammation and swelling have disappeared massage can commence (normally with 48-72 hours).
Rehabilitative sports massage increases circulation (blood flow) to damaged tissues helping speed up the healing process and the stroking effects on the skin stimulate receptors and can decrease pain. Massage techniques such as frictions can break down adhesions and loosen tight tissues, aligning fibres to build stronger, improved scar tissue. Deep strokes separate tissues drawing them apart in all directions, increasing range and freedom of movement. Common sporting injuries benefiting from massage techniques include:
Overuse of muscles
Lateral/medial epicondylitis (tennis/golfers elbow)
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Rotator Cuff strains
And lots more...
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Deep Tissue Massage is a technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibers of the muscles, tendons and fascia. It also helps to break up and eliminate scar tissue, which can restrict the movement around a joint.
This deep form of massage usually focuses on more specific, problematic areas and may cause some soreness during or right after the massage, but if it’s done right the recipient should feel better within a day or two.
A slow deep tissue massage which stimulates nerve receptors in the tissues that control tissue tension. Mechano-receptors, sensitive to touch and pressure, in the skin are also stimulated which results in further relaxation. Pressure can be adapted to suit the individual’s needs and enjoyment.
1 hour - £35
45 mins - £30
30 mins - £25
less than 48 hours notice - £10
less than 24 hours notice - £20
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