Sports Massage has both physiological and psychological benefits and is used by professional and amateur athletes as well as non sporting individuals. It is a deep tissue massage that improves the conditions of the muscles by, amongst other things, increasing the circulation which helps to flush out toxins and eliminate waste products, alleviates muscle aches especially the DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness), increases joint mobility, aids recovery after illness or injury and helps to prevent injury by keeping muscles flexible and agile.
Regular sports massage can help to extend the life of your sporting career by keeping your muscles healthy and preventing tears and other injuries. During a Sports Massage the muscle and fascia tissues are stretched using a variety of techniques enabling the blood to circulate more efficiently through the tissues. These methods release tension, pressure build up, waste products and allow better oxygen take up by increasing the tissues permeability. Sports Massage also has a beneficial effect on scar tissue and adhesions by breaking them down using friction movements, allowing more flexibility in the tissues and therefore reducing the risk of more injuries or pain.
Although Sports Massage is generally a deeper tissue treatment than other types of massage it is important to remember that it can be a little uncomfortable but is not meant to hurt. If too much pressure is applied then the muscle tissues merely tighten up against the therapist causing soreness and pain. Some techniques used are effective for releasing trigger points or breaking down scar tissues but these are done in conjunction with the patient's pain threshold and comfort and certainly not against it.
Remedial Massage is a system of manipulation techniques for the soft tissues of the body using the hands, elbows, or arms and is effective in the recovery of back and neck pain, injured muscles, ligaments and tendons. It is used for injury prevention and recovery, reduces aches and pains, increases joint mobility, relieves pain and restores movement. Unlike Sports Massage however, Remedial Massage is more associated with chronic conditions or the repair of accidents such as sprained ankles.
The techniques are very similar to those of Sports Massage - it is a deep tissue massage performed to optimise the body's return to health after injury, reduces stress, tension and helps to bring a sense of well being. By using deep tissue techniques scar tissue can be broken down, trigger points relieved and muscles are flushed out for optimum health, keeping them flexible, agile and healthy and less prone to injury.
Friction movements can be used around the joints such as the ankle after sprains to help break down scar tissue which can restrict mobility in the surrounding tissues. Remedial Massage can be used in the management of conditions such as osteoarthritis. It helps to promote the production of synovial fluid surrounding the joints such as the knees, which lubricates, provides a source of nutrients to the cartilage, has a hydraulic function and circulates around joints collecting waste products and debris that can build up causing pain, and expels them into the lymphatic's for expulsion out of the body. Exercise will help to strengthen the muscles that attach to the joint and can help take the strain off the joint itself. Regular massage can aid in both treatments by helping to keep the muscles healthy and lubricate the joint thereby hoping to give you increased movement and mobility and less pain, aiding to a better quality of life.
Unlike a Sports or Remedial Massage, a Relaxation Massage is a whole body experience designed solely for the purpose of rest and relaxation and is not designed for dealing with any injuries, chronic aches or pains. It uses a softer, gentle, more superficial approach which purely sets out to relax and soothe the patient. Deep tissue massage techniques will not be used during this treatment - just light to medium pressure using only the hands in order to promote a feeling of relaxation, comfort and well being. Facial and scalp massages can be effectively incorporated into this area to help relieve stress and tension. Soft music will be available to help you relax, or alternatively if you would like to bring your own you are very welcome to do so.
In our stressful society that we live in today everyone deserves some relaxation time and this massage treatment is just the right technique for that - it will relax your mind and body and give you that much needed break!