Why Choose Sports Massage?
Sports Massage is a form of massage that involves the manipulation of soft tissue (skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia). Sports Massage is sometimes also known as a ‘’Deep Tissue’’ massage, "Manual Therapy" or "Body Work".
Sports Massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in the soft tissue that can be caused by repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma. Specialised techniques are used to enhance movement and increase the range of motion.
Sports Massage was originally developed with Athletes in mind, to keep them at their peak performance. During and after exercise, the body’s systems adapt to cope with the increased stresses placed on them. Manipulation of soft tissue pre and post-exercise can promote physical, physiological, neurological and psychological changes that will aid performance and recovery.
Regular massage will prevent musculoskeletal imbalances which can contribute to poor performance, changes in strength/power and reflex actions, muscle wasting or discomfort and pain.
Sports Massage and Stress
The benefits of bodywork, with the use of Sports Massage are immense. We live in a fast paced world; massage can be powerful ally to incorporate in a healthcare regime.
Muscle tension or pain can be linked to what is going on around us that may be causing us to feel stressed. The aim of the treatment is to target those areas that you are holding onto, to help reduce the stress you are experiencing. Appropriate techniques and advice may be given, in the form of stretches to help with your wellbeing.
Massage can help manage stress:
- Decrease anxiety
- Improve sleep
- Greater energy
- Improved concentration
- Increased circulation
- Reduce fatigue
Sports Massage FAQ:
Do I need to be a sports person to have a Sports Massage?
Put simply the answer is ‘No’. Everyone has the potential to benefit from a Sports Massage, especially someone who engages in physical activity, irrespective of age.
How many sessions will I need?
It depends, at The Body Matters, we will not sign you up for a specific number of sessions, everyone is different, we all heal at different rates and of course, it depends on the reason why you have booked for a treatment.
Our aim is always to get you pain-free, or injury free as soon as possible. Sometimes, all you need is one session; however, you may need more than one. If you engage in regular physical activity it might be advisable to have regular (possibly monthly) treatments for you to reap the long-term benefits from massage. Regular self-care can help immensely in your wellbeing and health.
What are the benefits of Sports Massage?
- Relieve muscular tension and tightness (weak, tight or atrophied muscles)
- Promote healing after an injury
- Reduce swelling
- Alleviate fatigue
- Promote flexibility and mobility
- Aid in the prevention of injuries
- Encourage confidence, a great way to prepare for competitions
What is the difference between using a Foam Roller and Sports Massage?
Foam Rolling is sometimes known as myofascial release (MFR), or self MFR, or self-massage or Self-administered myofascial release (SMR.) More details on MFR are here. The purpose of foam rollering is to eliminate scar tissue and soft tissue adhesion by rolling (literally) on a roller, the pressure is created from your body weight. Clearly there is a place for using a foam roller but it clearly would not replace to skill and expertise of a qualified professional Sports Massage therapist.