What is Massage therapy?
“Soft Tissue Therapy is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, tendons and ligaments. It is applicable not just to sports people but to anybody wishing to guard against or recover from a soft tissue injury.” (Sports Massage Association)
Sports massage or deep tissue massage encompasses a large number of techniques which address muscle tension and tightness.
Swedish Massage uses longer strokes with less pressure than a sports massage. It is often used in spas and sports clinics for relaxation and/or stress.
Hot Stones Massage
Hot stones massage has similar benefits to that of Swedish Massage but with added heat during the treatment. Heated stones are placed around the body to stimulate certain areas. The heat held within the stones soothes and encourages the rejuvenation of the entire body and is very good for promoting relaxation.
What Are the benefits of massage?
A variety of factors such as:
- Improved circulation, increased flexibility, scar tissue re-alignment, lowering anxiety levels, psychological benefits.
- All of these benefits combined can prevent injuries, improve recovery and enhance sporting performance.
Who can Benefit?
Everyone. Whether you are extremely active and your body is feeling tired or you are under a lot of stress at work, recovering from an injury or just want to treat yourself then massage is for you.
How often should I get a massage?
- This is highly specific to the individual and depends on each person’s circumstances.
- You do not need to be injured to get a sports massage and there is research which suggests sports massage plays a role in injury prevention.
- From experience of working with athletes I feel massage is of most benefit on an easy training day or after a hard training session.
- Research suggests that for sports people regular and consistent massage is of the most benefit.