Sports Massage Therapy is the manipulation & stretching of your muscle and connective tissues, with the objective to enhance athletic performance. The focus is on specific muscle groups and connective tissues.
It is an interactive session, where Sports Massage Therapist and athlete work together on a plan of action rather than the more restful Swedish Massage. The two types of treatment can be combined, however, with the objective
- to relax hypertonic muscles,
- to manage inflammation,
- to remove fibrous adhesions,
- to improve flexibility,
- and to build a programme of action to strengthen weak muscles and look at postural and muscle imbalances.
Why Sports Massage?
Many people find regular Sports Massage Therapy is a worthwhile investment as part of a complete training programme. They find it assists in injury prevention & promotes faster recovery from both training & injury.
Sports Massage Therapists are used in competition, Pre-Event, Inter Event, Post Event and during Rehabilitation. It is an integral part of any Sports Therapy programme.
Sports Massage Therapy is popular with athletes, but also with the rest of us mortals too! Office work can be a physical and mental workout, but usually without proper warm-up beforehand and stretching afterwards. Often a lot of stress is involved: holding muscles rigid for long periods (which creates hypertonia) and repetitive strain ( which creates overuse injury). If you work at a computer all day probably you are familiar with the tight neck and shoulders from holding yourself tense while you stare at the screen.
What happens in a Sports Massage?
General massage techniques are used to help you relax or tone up, but are also combined when necessary with more intense trigger point therapies like Neuromuscular Technique (NMT), Soft Tissue Release (STR) or gentle Muscle Energy Technique (MET) and facilitated stretching. Deep Friction can break down fibrous adhesions, which should free up muscles to help you regain flexibility and move more freely in future. Various Connective Tissue Massage techniques including Myofascial Release may help reshape the web of fascia that holds everything in place.
After a session with your London Sports Massage Therapist you should feel more flexible and limber. You may feel tired for a day or two, as if you have had a workout at the gym. You may even feel a little sore. This feeling will disappear, and you should feel energised, while retaining the increased flexibility for some time afterwards.
With a regular course of sports massage therapy people report feeling more flexible and less prone to injury. The aim is to get you feeling the way you OUGHT to feel!