What is it?
Massage is a form of tissue manipulation which has developed over thousands of years. It has many benefits, both physical and psychological.
Massage works on many levels and it is the unique way in which it combines the various benefits to suit the individual that makes it such a versatile and effective treatment method.
Sports massage is a soft tissue massage using more intensive techniques for the prevention and treatment of sports injuries. It can be used as part of a training programme to help prevent injury, as part of a rehabilitation programme to treat injury, as part of a warm-up for an event and as part of the wind-down after the event.
What does it do?
Sports massage helps improve the suppleness and flexibility of muscles and joints. It improves lymph and blood circulation and assists body systems in functioning at their optimum level.
- Speed up healing of damaged or overworked tissue and muscles and reduce recovery time.
- Increase fitness capabilities and performance potential.
- Prevent future injury by identifying and treating current muscle weakness, tiredness and problem areas.
- Post event – help clear out waste and toxins, eg lactic acid from muscles. Reduce stiffness and enable a faster recovery than simply resting.
- Help break up adhesions that develop between the fascia of different muscles, so improve suppleness and mobility.
- Enable muscles to heal faster after injury.
- Improve flexibility.
- Reach peak performance faster and sustain it longer.