Sport massage is a deep form of soft tissue mobilisation. A sports massage can be applied in a sporting and non-sporting context. Sports massage involves a wide range of techniques that include effleurage, kneading, wringing, hacking and trigger pointing. A sports massage is used for general relaxation of the muscular skeletal system as well as being directed towards any problem areas.
What are the benefits of a sports massage?
Reduces delayed onset muscle soreness
Increases muscle flexibility
Sports massage is effective in reducing DOMS. Muscle soreness can occur both during exercise and after a delay. Pain occurs in the muscles due to metabolic insufficiency. If the blood supply cannot meet the demands for oxygen, lactic acid will be formed. A sports massage will be performed post exercise to flush out the waste products formed from exercise.
Sports massage is beneficial to decreasing pain. A sports massage helps in a number of ways to help control and manage pain. Sports massage provides deep relaxation, interrupts the body's pain signals and also releases the body's natural pain killers. Sports massage relieves muscle tension, spasms and stiffness which all contribute to feeling pain. Pain impulses run towards the spinal cord and up to the brain. The touch of massage interferes with pain signals by sending other signals along the same nerves.
Sports massage is used to increase flexibility in soft tissues. Knots and tightness can form within muscles that can make flexibility difficult. Massage can help maintain flexibility by increasing blood circulation and stretching tissue fibers.
A Sport massage can help assist in the recovery process after an injury. When tears or sprains occur in an area of the body, scar tissue forms as part of the healing process. By receiving massage, scar tissue can be broken down and movement can be regained. A sports massage also quickens the healing process by increasing blood circulation. Increased blood circulation delivers oxygen and nutrients to an area and helps in repairing any damaged tissues.
Sports massage is very beneficial to maximising performance. A sports massage helps the body recover after exercise, serves as injury prevention, psychologically prepares the mental state and increases muscle movement ready for exercise. Receiving a sports massage helps people's participation in sport by allowing exercisers to train more frequently therefore achieving higher levels of performance.
30 minute Sport massage is £33
60 minute Sport massage is £45