Sports massage is focused on identifying what is causing restrictions and/or pain in your movements. In a Covid-19 world, appointments will be broken down into three distinct sessions:
- Online consultation
- Face to face treatment
- Self-care programme delivered by email or video.
These three elements will form your appointment time.
I am experienced working with clients with a variety of sporting interests: riding, waterskiing, marathon running, cycling and triathlons – to name but a few!
When working therapeutically, appointments last for 1 hour. This time will now include the time spent during the online consultation and post treatment self-care advice. These normally form part of your appointment time so your hands on treatment time is not reduced it is just pulled out separately from all the other elements that an appointment time would usually include.
A short course of regular treatments usually delivered over a 4 to 6-week period can significantly improve how your body feels and moves. Reducing any muscular discomfort could also help to increase your range of movement, sense ofwell-being and energy levels.
Techniques used during treatment could include:
- Deep tissue massage: This uses a combination of techniques to effectively release tension from tight muscles through compressing andstretching of muscle tissue. Knuckles, fists, elbows or massage tools may be used to sink into the muscles.
- Soft tissue release: By contracting a muscle, focusing on the tight areas within it and putting it into a stretch, areas that are particularlytight can be released fairly quickly.
- Myofascial release: Fascia is the connective tissue that connects the skin to muscle and holds the body together. Myofascia refers to thefascia around muscles. This is a technique that varies in intensity depending on where and how the therapist is workingon the body. The technique requires the therapist to sink into the fascia and feel the pulls and direction in which thefascia moves. Although a slow technique, it can have quite profound effects.
- Stretching: Sometimes stretching techniques are required in a treatment to ensure the muscle fibres are properly realigned after atreatment. A variety of stretching techniques may be used in a treatment but the most commonly utilised ones are Passive, PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) and AIS (Active Isolated Stretching).
- Hot and cold stone therapy: To help recover from injury the use of appropriate heat can help reduce inflammation and encourage the body to heal. In chronic conditions, the use of heat can improve circulation and enable the therapist to work slightly deeper into the muscles.
Please feel free to call me on 07590 501552 if you have any questions or queries about what I may be able to do for you and your individual circumstances.