Why a sports massage?
This type of massage treatment helps to improve physical performance and mobility by manipulating soft muscle tissue. As a result, a sports massage helps to reduce the build up of lactic acid in the body that helps to prevent muscle soreness. Whether you're an athlete, regular gym goer or have a physically demanding job, then a sports massage would benefit you.
When to have a sports massage?
In between workouts or physical activity
After physical exercise, your body needs to recover. By having a sports massage, you're helping the body flush out the lactic acid build up. Without removing lactic acid from the body, you can jeopardise your physical performance and be more prone to injury.
Pre event sports massage
A sports massage before an event such as a marathon, long distance cycle race or an athletic competition can provide a range benefits. Some of the benefits include a greater range of motion, relaxation and help to relieve any muscle tension.
Post event sports massage
Congratulations, you've completed your sporting event. Whether it's the London Marathon, the Coast to Coast Cycle Route or even playing football or rugby, the body needs to recover. It's essential to relax those muscles and relieve any aches or pains afterwards. Sports massage will help you to recover more quickly and reduce any underlying injuries that you may be unaware of.
You don't have to be an athlete to benefit from a sports massage
If you're involved in lifting heavy items all day or involved in any physically demanding job, your body will also reap the benefits of a sports massage.
Frequently Asked Questions
A sports massage targets the deeper muscles. This helps to realign the muscle fibres, connective tissue and the flushes out the build-up of toxins.
Regular sports massage treatments will help to increase joint mobility, flexibility and reduce any chance of injury from exercise.
Most people think that you need to get a Sports Massage when you're injured. However, this isn't the case. Athletes and sporting professionals choose a sports massage to help reduce tension and stresses that accumulate within the body's soft tissues during regular training.
From training, minor injuries, stress and strains can occur from overworking or excessive use - by having a sports massage you are helping to keep the aches and pains at bay.
Some other benefits include:
- Increased blood circulation.
- Improved range of motion.
- Helps to remove the build-up of lactic acid from the body.
- Helps to reduce muscle tension.
- Helps to make the nerves more relaxed.
- Helps to reduce the chance of injury.
- Helps to boost recovery time.
- Helps to reduce any muscles spasms or cramps.
The short answer is Yes. If you're suffering from knee pain, you may experience tension in the calf and the ankle. As a result, your calf and ankle are working harder and over-compensating for the knee injury. By having a sports massage on the lower body, you're removing all the tension, aches, pains and niggles caused by the knee pain. The lower body is closely interlinked and can impact other joints.
Absolutely! Running is a high impact sport that puts a lot of pressure on the lower body. Not only will this type of treatment improve circulation, but will reduce swelling, break down any scar tissue and release any build-up of lactic acid.
Absolutely. A sports massage can benefit people that have physically demanding jobs and people suffering from an old injury. People that have sedentary desk jobs can even benefit from a sports massage
It's important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. One of the benefits of a massage is that you're helping to flush out any toxins in the body, and by drinking water you're helping to accelerate this process.
It's also important to have a snack after a massage. Nothing too heavy, just something light.
Avoid any physical activity. You don't want to schedule a physically demanding workout after a sports massage. Your muscles have undergone intense treatment, where a great deal of pressure has been applied.
Instead, you must relax and give your body time to recuperate. It is highly advised to have a hot relaxing soak in the bath.
This really depends on the person. If you're an elite athlete, you may need two sports massages per week. An amateur athlete that trains seriously the train between treatments can be between 1 to 4 weeks.
We do offer a 30-minute treatment. However, for greater results, we suggest a 60-minute sports massage.
There may be some maybe kind of discomfort from a sports massage. However, everyone is different with their own pain thresholds. Where possible it's important to relax, as the sports massage therapist will find it easier to manipulate the muscle fibre tissues and make it more comfortable for you.
When it comes to any massage treatment, it's always best for the therapist to have access to the muscles that he or she is working on.
We recommend that you wear thin lose comfortable clothing. If you require treatment on the legs, we strongly suggest that you wear shorts. For your upper body, we recommend that you wear a loose t-shirt or top.