Frequently Asked Questions

'What exactly is Sports Massage'?

Sports massage is a deep, purposeful massage technique that deals directly with the body’s soft tissue.
It utilises such techniques as MET (muscle energy technique), STR (Soft Tissue Release) and NMT (neuromuscular technique).

Benefits include –
  • accelerate recovery after training and competition
  • accelerate recovery from injury
  • increase circulation to flush out trapped toxins, and thus enables blood and nutrients to flush in
  • release muscle tension and joint pain
  • lengthen tight muscles to increase range of movement
  • refresh the immune system
  • boost performance
  • provide self-awareness of your body’s soft tissue which can prevent injury
  • encourage and maintain healthy muscle and soft tissue
     

Now you can add Thermotherapy with cold and hot stones. Cold and hot help the pumping of blood into tissues or by simply using hot stones it penetrates upper tissues and simply melts any tension away!
A lovely addition to any therapy! Please read more about the benefits of Hot and Cold stones on my News page, under new therapies.


Back to the massage ... and here’s the science bit!

As well as muscles, ligaments and tendons the soft tissue includes a layer of connective tissue called fascia that covers our muscles. This fascia covers all the individual muscle fibres, the larger bundles of muscles, and the whole muscle groups. It is one continuous piece of tissue that never stops growing and covers our whole body.

During any vigorous exercise workout your muscles will suffer micro damage as they are placed under stress. It’s the bodies’ process of repair that occurs during recovery that makes them stronger for the next training session.

When injury to muscle tissue occurs, whether micro or severe, the muscle fibres will often misalign themselves whilst healing. Normally, when covering healthy, moving muscle it is a soft, gel like substance. However, when our muscle movement is restricted tissue fluids cannot reach the areas they need to in order to lubricate the fascia. The fascia hardens and scar tissue forms, further trapping toxins and waste materials, such as lactic acid. This causes pain and dysfunction as the body tries to remedy the situation by setting up a series of structural compensations - leading to further pain and more problems.

Science bit over.
Now you have an understanding of your soft tissue you can see how beneficial sports massage is.

So, sports massage combined with remedial massage assists the healing and rehabilitation of injuries and dysfunction and facilitates movement by stretching and separating soft tissue and so enabling the toxins to get out and the blood and nutrients get back in!

Constant contraction of muscles, whether from sitting hunched around a desk or during repetitive exercise training, can cause muscle shortening which can place pressure on joints. Sport massage incorporates effective techniques used to lengthen muscles and so regain full range of movement.

In this way a sports and remedial massage becomes just as relevant to an office worker, crippled by an unsuitable desk arrangement as it is to an athlete in training or during injury recovery!

 

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When is the best time to have a sports massage if I am in training or competing?

Pre-massage is best to have 48-24 hours before an event. This gives your muscles time to recover following a deep massage and make the most of the fresh nutrients delivered to the muscles following the massage.

If you don’t have this much time before an event, then a massage will still be beneficial, I will reduce the depth to which I work so as not to exhaust the muscles.

Post massage is best carried out as soon as possible after an event or training session, that’s why now you often see massages available at large events. These massages are light and work to remove toxins and encourage recovery. Working too deeply after your muscles have just exerted themselves can cause stress or damage.

A deep one-hour massage covering the majority of the body is most beneficial 24 hours after an event. Deep work can be used to assess the condition of the muscles and specific techniques applied to deliver a massage that meets your needs.

Massage is proving a vital and effective way to maintain healthy muscles and attachments, so any time is a good time to care for them.

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I don't do sports, is sports massage for me?

Yes!
I believe every body, without exception, is an active body!

Your muscles and fascia are an incredible network of activity, they are working all the time. Wether its to keep you upright at a desk, stopping your arm from coming out of its shoulder socket when you throw a ball or meeting the challenges demanded in any competitive sport.
Your body works hard and often come under considerable stress. I believe sports massage maintains healthy soft tissue and is therefore one of the best treatments in the prevention of injury.

Sports massage is so-called simply because it is a style of massage popular with sports people.

Now, if you don't want the deep deep work, but still want to feel some benefit other than a gentle tickle,  I can offer a completely relaxing luxurious massage using the baby smooth basalt stones. Come and experience a lovely melting moment under the HOT STONES and feel chilled!!

I am also fully trained to provide pregnancy massage and hot and cold stone therapy.

Whatever you do, you can expect a tailor made session every time.

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What do I wear for a sports massage?

Generally you should wear as little as possible during your treatment, knickers or pants are a minimum so I have somewhere to hook the towels!

The initial consultation will involve a postural assessment for which I will ask you to disrobe down to underwear. Often muscle misalignment is far more visible when standing.

During the session you will be covered with a towel to retain your modesty, which is removed only to allow access to the area of the body that is being worked on.

Some clients wear just light, stretchy underwear on the lower body or running shorts that are loose and have a large slit on the side.

Restrictive undergarments such as men's long cotton boxer shorts — the type with no stretch, can make getting access to the hamstring/adductor attachments very difficult, and so work would then be carried out through a towel. Although this towel technique is just as effective, it can also be quite painful afterwards as it is not so easy to warm up the areas in preparation for heavier work.

The most important thing for me is that you feel comfortable during your massage.

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Does sports massage hurt?

Sometimes sports massage can be a little uncomfortable, but it is only ever a ‘good’ pain – that is you will instinctively know it is doing good.

Please remember that you are always in charge, so if you’re uncomfortable in anyway please say and I will try a different approach!

It is not unusual to feel a little post massage soreness for a day or two after a remedial massage. This is normal and shows that useful work was done – and that the body is healing!

If you are worried in any way about being sore, or have an important event the next day or two, please do communicate this, it really is no problem to work around.

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What sort of massage lotion do you use and why?

I have a selection of 3 massage lotions I like to work with and which allow you a choice:

Therapeutic Massage oil - Highest quality blended massage oil of sweet almond and jojoba, the addition of 100% pure essential oils, lavender, peppermint, rosemary and verbena.

Naqui - A special oil-rich lotion with excellent lubricant properties, specially developed for extended massages such as sports massage. Particularly suitable for hairy skin.

Baselin Massage Milk - A non-greasy, perfume free, hypoallergenic massage milk, rapidly absorbed into the skin, so doesn’t feel greasy afterwards. Based on castor oil and coconut oil. Rinses off easily with water.
If you have any further questions please feel free to get in touch.

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What are your charges where do you work?

The initial 1hr consultation is £40 and will involve me taking a full case history and a postural assessment.

I will use palpation (sense of touch) to identify any points of weakness or excessive strain throughout the body.

Further appointments can then be made:

  • Full hour - £40
  • 45 min    - £35
  • 30 min or pre/post competition massage - £25
  • Hot Stones Thermotherapy is an additional £10.
I work from my home, the address can be found on my contacts page.
I am mobile and can do home or club visits, however my minimum charge is £100 to cover travel expenses and set-up costs.

Gift vouchers are also available on request.

Cancellations (no show)
Please allow 24 hours notice of cancellations, otherwise a 50% charge of the treatment may be incurred.

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If you have any further questions please feel free to get in touch.