What is sports massage?
The manipulation of soft tissues using hands on techniques such as trigger point release, effleurage and myofascial release to improve muscle and soft tissue function.
Will it hurt?!
Our aim is to release tight tissue not beat you up! We are highly trained and skilled in getting excellent results with minimal pain. We always discuss your expectations of treatment prior to your session to ensure we meet your needs.
When should I have a sports massage?
During a training block- If you are training regularly or you are preparing for a big event such as a marathon or cycle sportive then it is advisable to have a regular massage to maintain flexibility and tissue extensibility. We would normally advise every 3- 4 weeks depending on your training demands. We would always advise discussing at what point in your training plan to have treatment with us so that we can maximise your training effects.
If you are used to having massage then immediately prior to an event it is a useful strategy to have a very light massage. A pre event massage will help to warm up tissues, increase blood flow and improve range of movement prior to your dynamic warm up. It is also a good way of focusing and relaxing prior to an event.
After a hard event a sports massage can be an effective tool to aid recovery and reduce pain, especially if you have another event within the next 3 weeks or you simply want to be able to make the stairs without walking sideways! A sports massage will flush out the waste products of muscular work and reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and allow you to train again sooner and more comfortably.
Soft tissue therapy can be used as part of your injury management. It is important to fully understand the type of injury you have and the stage of healing you are in. As trained physiotherapists specialising in sports injury management we understand tissue healing processes and how to manage injuries safely and effectively without causing unnecessary further damage.
As well as hands on treatment we sometimes use cupping, and Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilisation (IASTM). These can be very useful for releasing connective tissue restrictions and very deep scar tissue that is hard to reach with our hands alone. Please ask your therapist about cupping and IASTM.