Sports & Remedial Massage
Sports massage is a type of massage which generally works at a deeper level than a normal ‘relaxing’ massage. The prime purpose of sports massage is to manipulate the soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, etc) to relieve tension and stress, increase range of movement, reduce pain and improve muscle condition.
Sports massage therapy is very useful for treating sports injuries and improving sporting performance, but it is not just for sports people. Most people could benefit from this type of massage: from people with physically active jobs, to those whose jobs and lives are much more sedentary as these situations can also cause muscle imbalances, tension, etc.
Longstanding injuries and physical difficulties can be relieved through a few sessions of sports massage therapy, and it is often recommended by doctors and other medical practitioners.
Remedial / sports massage also differs from other massages in that it allows the practitioner to focus their attention onto a problem area of necessary, rather than massaging the entire body and spending a little time on each area.
Often the massage therapist may discover the presenting issue is being caused by another part of the body and can therefore can treat by working an area of the body completely different to where the client maybe feeling pain, tightness, etc.
Myofascial Release and Deep Tissue Massage
Depending upon the issues that are presented, a range of techniques can be used to treat the symptoms and underlying causes for any individual client. These can include Myofascial release and Deep Tissue Massage.
Myofascial Release is a specialised form of therapy which is used for the treatment and rehabilitation of certain kinds of tension and pain.
The name itself combines two terms – “Myo” which means muscle, and “fascia” which means band. The technique is based upon the manipulation of these ‘bands’ of muscle, which run throughout the body, protecting every part of it. When the fascia is healthy, it is relaxed and supportive. Ongoing issues cause the fascia to become and remain tense, this tension can cause pain throughout the body. Specialist techniques are required to release this tension and return it to its ‘healthy’ state.
Deep tissue massage is a technique where firm pressure is used to release tightened layers of muscle and tissue, this tightness can be caused by postural or movement issues, and unless it is released will both exacerbate problems, and cause (sometimes severe) pain.
By using deep tissue massage a therapist can release muscles which have become tightened, allowing the client to address the underlying issues which have caused the problem.