What is Sports Massage?
Sports massage uses hands-on techniques to manipulate the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the body; the manipulation of soft tissue to release tension, reduce pain, restore range of movement and promote good condition. Sports massage works to improve the efficiency of the musculoskeletal system and is increasingly popular amongst elite sports performers.
Sports Massage is NOT just for Sporty people, it is for EVERYONE. Anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious (occupational, emotional and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries).
Sports massage tends to be deeper and more intense. It is based on the various elements of Swedish massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response techniques similar to Acupressure and Shiatsu. Our skilled therapist brings together this blend of techniques, knowledge and advice during treatment, to work effectively with the client to bring about optimum performance and to provide injury-free training and minimise post event injuries.
History of Sports Massage?
Sports massage is on the leading edge of therapies utilized by modern athletes, and it has a long and rich history.
In 1812, Swedish fencing master and gymnast Pehr Henrik Ling combined the strokes of what we know as Swedish massage with remedial exercises, calling his technique kinesiotherapy.
Sports massage was used by athletes in Europe throughout the 20th century, but was relatively unknown in the U.S. until an incredible performance at the At the 1924 Paris Olympic Games, a Finnish runner named Paavo Nurmi, the “flying Finn,” brought a personal massage therapist with him. Paavo won five gold medals in running events. He claimed his success was in part due to his training program which included massage therapy treatment.
How can Sports Massage help you?
These massage techniques are favoured by athletes & active clients. This method is ideal for helping your strained or damaged muscles to heal quickly and well. Perfect for you if you play sports, work hard physically or have long standing deep muscle pain or problem.
It can help with: