What is Sports Massage Therapy?
It is the application of deep tissue massage techniques to alleviate tension and lesions that build up in your muscles, ligaments and tendons through exercise, poor postures, overuse, or injury.
Sports massage and a relaxing massage that you might receive at a spa are rather different. They do share some technique cross over, such as effleurage and petrissage, but generally sports massage is different as it requires more pressure, thus feeling deeper and more intense. Practitioners also use different techniques such as trigger point release. This may make the treatment seem uncomfortable at the time, but is essential to breaking down scar tissue and increasing blood flow to the area to facilitate healing.
Who benefits from sports massage?
Sports massage has such a huge range of benefits that it can be helpful for many people, whether they do exercise or not, therefore any age, gender or sporting background can benefit from receiving one.
it is also useful for maintenance, not just if you have pain or a specific problem. It is assumed that you go to the doctor and dentist for check-ups and maintenance so why not look after your muscles too? If you are regularly training and putting your body through its paces, at any level, then it is a key tool for maintaining your muscle’s health and body’s performance.
Why is it beneficial?
It can relieve a whole host of symptoms caused by our soft tissue;
Decreased range of movement
Poor recovery time
One Sports Massage session (appox one hour) £55