The prime purpose of Sports Massage Therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, it can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether you are an athlete, ardent keep-fitter or a once a week jogger. This treatment is not just for the sports person: anyone can benefit from Sports Massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious (occupational, emotional and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries).
Sports Massage tends to be deeper and more intense. It is based on the various elements of Swedish massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response techniques.
Remedial Massage is one of the most effective and readily available ways to prevent and treat muscle injuries, pain and soreness. It is based on the fact that soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) respond to touch. Muscles not only move our joints, they stabilize them, and they provide amour for the internal organs. Minor problems with these functions cause more pain than most people realise. Clients come for Remedial Massage for many reasons including pain as a result of specific injuries (whiplash, falls, sports injuries, etc.), RSI (repetitive strain injuries) and other work-related problems and postural (structural) alignment problems that sometimes go back to childhood. Assessment and massage techniques are employed to treat both deep and superficial tissues to bring about pain relief, correcting and normalizing the body’s muscles and soft tissues.