Sports massage and in other terms, deep tissue release, soft tissue manipulation is a popular and effective treatment modality used by many recreational and elite level athletes to relieve musculoskeletal pain, improve the healing process of soft (injured) tissues, soreness, stiffness, enhance relaxation, recovery, and sleep.
A sports massage will help you feel less stiffness and tightness within your muscles and joints. Modern daily living can cause many aches, pains, and strains in the long term. A sports massage will help relieve pain, and aid the transportation of nutrients around the body efficiently to promote overall well being. A variety of different effective techniques/strokes will be used to release tension and restore efficient function and balance within your musculoskeletal system. It is ideal for both recreational and elite level athletes to incorporate a routine of sports massage within their training to achieve optimal performance, preparation, recovery, stimulate peripheral nerves, increase lymph and blood flow and the removal of waste products which is vital in avoiding minor injuries from occurring.
Before your session, the therapist will plan the ideal treatment considering your pains, aches, and areas to massage. During the session, the therapist will focus on areas of the body where you can feel tightness, stiffness, and pain to release any knots within your muscles to restore their full range of motion and elasticity.
Pregnancy massage can help reduce stress hormones in your body and help you feel looser, relaxed and less achy at your muscles. Neck pain, low back pain and joint pain can be relieved with pregnancy massage. Efficient techniques will be used to help avoid cramps, strains, and conditions such as sciatica, epicondylitis and many more. Massage will help promote blood and lymph circulation, reduce stress on muscles and specific weight-bearing joints. The nervous system will also benefit from massage, as the nerves will elongate, relax and be supplied with the needed nutrients to encourage better sleep and overall relaxation.
Skills and Techniques
A smooth, rhythmical and relaxed manner beginning with a light touch to start with and building the pressure depth accordingly with slow movements for increased circulation and stretching of the tissues. Varied speeds and depth of pressure can be used.
Direct pressure in varying depths and speeds are used to knead the muscles and tissue. Techniques include kneading, squeezing, picking up, shaking, rolling plus many more, which achieve the same result.
Frictions are small forceful movements that are applied to tight and specific areas to isolate. Fingers and thumbs with appropriate pressure are used in this technique frequently to achieve the best outcome. This technique aims is to re-align tissue and muscle fibers to promote better posture, less stiffness/tightness and decrease pain.
This technique can involve rhythmic tapping, cupping, hacking or pounding. The edge of the hands, a cupped hand or tips of fingers can be used. This technique is efficient in revitalising sore and achy muscles and joints. This type is most commonly used for athlete’s pre and during the event. Benefits include relaxation and softening of muscles. Promotes mental and physical ability, helps circulation and headaches.