What is Sports Massage?
Sports massage is an effective form of deep tissue massage. It is based on swedish massage plus other massage techniques such as stretching, friction and trigger point release. Sports massage alleviates tension in soft tissue to benefit people who have built up muscle tension or an injury either through exercise, or everyday activities that may be physically and mentally demanding. It can also help to break down scar tissue in the caused by injury.
Sports massage works to assist in correcting problems and imbalances for musculoskeletal issues that are caused from repetitive and / or strenuous physical activity, trauma and poor posture.
What happens when I book a session?
When you book a session, I will ask for your name, telephone number and email address. I will then email you a booking confirmation form which outlines your appointment date and time, what to expect in the first session, how to find the centre and cancellation policy.
What happens during the first session?
I will ask you detailed questions about what issue you would like to have addressed, then some general questions about your health.
What to expect in a sports massage session
Sessions may take from 30-60 minutes, depending on which area of the body needs work. After asking you questions about your health, I may carry out a physical examination by looking at your posture, or testing the strength of the affected area. You will then be asked to undress and lie on a massage table under towels. Deep massage strokes and techniques are performed on an injured or area where there is muscle tightness via application of oil, cream or talc.
What happens after the session?
You may feel tired, thirsty and very relaxed! It may be wise to wait a little while before driving. Drink plenty of water, as this will help flush out toxins which have been released from your muscles.
After a sports massage, you may feel a little sore and you may even bruise a little the next day. This is quite normal and this will subside the following day.
Can I claim on any private health insurance like Simply Health or HSA?
Unfortunately, you will not be able to claim for sports massage.
Does sports massage hurt?
You may experience a ‘therapeutic pain’ where I work on tight or aching muscles. This pain is described as a good pain or stretch and what you feel is the release of the fascia, the muscle tissues are relaxing.
Should I tell my doctor?
You should let your doctor know if you are having a complementary therapy. Please let your complementary therapist know if you are taking medication.