Who should have a Sports Massage?
Anyone can benefit from a sports massage, athlete to office worker. Useful for people in discomfort from day-to-day, sports people who suffer tired or tight aching muscles, or anyone looking to relax and recover. Regular exercise can lead to muscular problems and injury as muscles become shortened and flexibility decreases. People recovering from injury can improve healing with a sports massage, whilst non-sports people can have a sports massage to reduce postural tightness, which can be caused through simple things like sitting at a desk or driving too much. Any serious sports person should have a sports massage to improve performance, and anyone serious about their health should get a sports massage to function better biologically.
How often should I have Sports Massage?
If time and budget were not an issue, every week. But the reality is they are. So if you are on a budget and treating yourself to a massage, then I would suggest having the treatment as much as you can within your time and budget constraints. We have various clients attending for treatments on weekly, fortnightly, monthly and quarterly periods.
I don't play sports - can I still have a Sports Massage?
Overuse injuries can occur in everyday life and are generally brought on by the things we do repetitively everyday. We will use remedial massage to treat you and look at what day to day activities could be the cause and will give you simple solutions to help with this. Generally making a few small changes can have a big effect.
What happens during a treatment?
A brief history is taken prior to the massage including your sports goals or event deadlines. We may do some standing tests and no doubt will review your posture. The majority of our treatment is hands-on work, however we want to fix you, so may glean as much information from you so we can work out what's going on.
Should Sports Massage hurt?
Yes and no. If you are crawling off the couch trying to get out from under the therapists elbows, then NO it should not feel like that. When too much pressure is applied and causes undue pain, your natural response is to tense up, this means the therapist is now treating your voluntary muscle tension and not the problem area. Find someone who will care for your muscles as much as you do. So when should it hurt? Pain is a personal emotion, everyone tolerates pain differently, a therapist should be sensitive to this and regulate their techniques to get the tissue to respond to the treatment. In some instances to get that tissue to respond it may be a little sensitive but it should not be unbearable. However never feel wrong to shout if you are struggling to un-clench your teeth, you know your pain tolerance better than we do and we are always happy to ease up a little.
What should I wear?
Shorts or underwear is the norm. I have large towels so you will be covered at all times.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
If appointments are not cancelled within 24 hours then a charge of £15 will be requested.
How will I feel after my treatment?
You should feel more relaxed after your treatment. It is advisable to drink plenty of water after treatment and try to keep moving. Depending on your condition and the techniques used you may feel a little soreness, but this should ease within 24 hours. Some people feel tired, energized or even emotional after receiving sports massage treatment. Please do not hesitate to Contact us or your therapist should you experience any surprising effects.
Is there any reason why I shouldn't have treatment?
There are a few contraindications, which I will check with you before hand (e.g. allergies/medical history). A sports massage/deep tissue massage helps anything related to the muscular system and is a safe form of physical therapy treatment. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to Contact us for details.