Sports Massage and Body Massage
What is Massage?
Massage is a natural therapy practised in one form or another for many centuries. However, modern day massage, (Swedish Massage), was devised by Henreich Ling,(1776 - 1839) and is a system based on science of physiology and related exercise.
The Therapist, uses their hands, fingers, elbows and knees to soothe, smooth and stretch the fibres of the muscles. Thus allowing the free flow of fully oxygenated blood which the body needs for nutrition, growth and repair.
Body Massage is a gentle, relaxing massage. It helps release tension,( commonly held in neck, shoulders and back). and soothe emotional stress. The Therapist will usually massage the whole of the body.
Sports Massage, ,(also known as Remedial Massage):Deals with specific injury / problem and will be a much more deep, precise and localised massage. This is a more specialised type of massage.
Massage has many benefits, in both physical and psychological.
Benefits range from:
Releases tension and stress
Can help alleviate stress related conditions (Headaches, tense neck and shoulders)
Reduces muscle pain
Can help joint & muscle disorders
Promotes faster recovery of injury
Identifies and rectifies soft tissue problems to help the body reach manimum potential
Helps reduce adhesions and areas of fibrosity which limit movement and flexibility
Increases flow of blood and lymph
Reduces muscle atrophy during periods of inactivity
TYPICAL INJURIES / PROBLEMS
Lower back pain
Upper back pain
Calf muscle pain / tightness
Hamstring /quadraceps tightness / pain
Headaches and Migraines.
Posture conditions,(eg sitting at a desk all day, use of mouse).
Post Operative conditions: scar tissue and release.
Rotater cuff injury,
Restricted shoulder joint movement,
Carpel tunnel syndrome.
Repetitive strain jinjury
Tennis / golfers elbow
Pain in the area surrounding osteoarthritis..
During the massage the therapist will use the effleurage, pettrisage, kneading, MET, NMT and stretching techniques which works on the deep tissues, releases the soft tissues, strengthening the weak muscles and pain level.
Your initial treatment will include a consultation on your current and past medical history therefore please allow 90 minutes for your first visit. Any subsequent appointments will last upto 60 minutes.
Cost of each treatment is £45.
Massage oils or corn silk, (Talcum powder), suitable for all skin types are used to ensure a smooth, fluid massage, thus avoiding any dragging of the skin.
After a treatment you should try and:
Rest as much as possible
Drink plenty of water
Continue any exercise / rehabilitation programme given to you by your physiotherapist
You may feel tired after a sports massage. This will soon disappear leaving you feeling more energised.
If you have a current medical condition, being treated by your GP or attending hospital you may need written permission from them before any treatment can take place.