Unlike a full body massage, it is likely that we will focus on specific areas of the body once an assessment has been carried out prior to the treatment. A client assessment will include a range of exercises that will allow your therapist to observe your posture & symmetry, flexibility and mobility of the muscles and joints along with your range of movements through passive, resistive and active movements.
Sports Massage predominantly uses myofascial release techniques to stretch the fascia; a hollow fibrous network of connective tissue made of elastin and collagen that surrounds the organs, bones, muscles and tendons within the body. Poor posture and physical trauma can cause the fascia to become hard and lose elasticity, resulting in a decrease in flexibility. Manipulating and stretching it during a Sports Massage will relax the fascia and tissue it surrounds to regain the flexibility and motion.
Other advanced techniques that will be used include:
Trigger Point Work – trigger points are a natural part of the muscle and can directly cause pain without explanation. By using cycles of isolated pressure and release it is possible to reduce the trigger points.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM) - IASTM is the use of a tool to work on the soft tissue of the body during massage. Instrument-assisted massage influences the fascia which is a connective tissue web-like structure that encompasses every bone, muscle organ, ligament and tendon in the body. Fascia is affected by stressors such as repetitive movement patterns which can cause the connective tissue to stretch and bind. IASTM can help break down these bindings or adhesions in the fascia and scar tissue. IASTM can begin the healing process which lays down new fibres. Combining IASTM with movement patterns helps to organise the new tissue. Like sports massage or deep tissue massage, IASTM can also be used to break up muscle adhesions and restore tissue to its normal length and function.
Those suffering from any viral infection are advised not to receive a Sports Massage whilst ill. A Sports Massage will stimulate the circulation and lymphatic system and can cause the virus to spread in the body.
It can take 24-48 hours to feel the full benefit of a Sports Massage after which you should feel comfortable, rejuvenated and refreshed.
What to wear:
Depending on the area of your body to be worked on, we ask clients to dress appropriately. For a more effective treatment we suggest wearing lightweight, flexible clothing such as loose shorts and a vest top or similar. For ladies receiving a back/shoulder massage, we would suggest wearing a standard bra and NOT a racer-back sports bra. A changing room is available within the treatment room.
Please shower if you will have trained immediately before your massage - shower facilities are available on site.
Creams & Oils
If you have any allergies to creams or oils, please let us know on booking. If you prefer a certain cream or oil, please feel free to bring your own.
Mark uses 2 different waxes generally. One is a liquid wax which is used for 80% of his massage techniques. The other is a sports massage wax which provides additonal grip and control when needed such as when using tool assited massage.
How often should you have a massage?
Some will have a sports massage weekly, fortnightly, monthly or as and when they feel it's time. Others will have a sports massage pre or post-race. We can offer advice and guidance post treatment to help you get the most from each massge and the timings.