Massage is a traditional, low-risk and holistic treatment which has enormous potential benefits for athletes and the general public. Sports massage is the systematic manipulation of the soft tissues including muscle, tendons, ligaments and fascia, and has a range of physical and psychological effects on the body’s systems, including the circulatory, neuro-reflexive and musculo-skeletal systems. Amongst the many benefits are increased blood circulation, reductions in swelling and pain relief by stimulating the release of endorphins and increasing relaxation.
A maintenance sports massage can help improve performance and body awareness, assist in injury prevention and promote recovery from training. In addition, pre-event massage is a useful preparation for competition and post-event massage can speed recovery after a game or competition. A sports massage therapist will also use remedial techniques to relieve and rehabilitate injuries, promote effective healing, correct postural problems which may lead to muscular imbalances and bio-mechanical problems, ultimately seeking to effect sustained improvements in performance.
But sports massage isn’t just for sports people; it’s just as easy to pull a muscle doing the gardening or picking up a heavy bag of shopping, as it is playing golf or running in your local 10k race. And it’s certainly not only for elite athletes – sports and remedial massage is for anyone who wants to enhance their sports performance, improve their mobility and get rid of the niggling aches and pains that we learn to live with over the years.