Sports Massage is available at £50/60 mins and £70/90 mins.
Low cost sports massage is £35/60 mins for BeWell members.
Sports Massage is based on Therapeutic Massage, a technique that uses the application of pressure to manipulate soft tissue. Swedish Massage was developed in the 1700s by Per Henrik Ling and involves the use of gliding strokes, kneading movements, circular pressure of the hand and fingers, vibratory movements, brisk tapping and hacking.
Sports Massage incorporates all of the Therapeutic Massage movements along with techniques such as soft tissue release, muscle energy techniques (MET), neuromuscular techniques (NMT), active/passive stretching and the use of hot/cold mediums and audio sonic machines.
Sports Massage is widely used at all levels. Professional and amateur athletes alike can reduce the risk of injury, improve recovery and enhance their performance. Non-athletes can also benefit greatly as this deeper massage is an excellent remedy for pain caused by severe muscle tension cause by muscle overuse or misuse. This is a particular problem in postural muscles which are constantly under pressure from the demands of modern life.
How does it work?
Sports Massage aims to improve the suppleness and flexibility of muscles and joints, improve blood circulation, speed up the healing of damaged or stressed muscles, tissues and joints, and prevent future muscle and tendon injuries.
A Sports Massage can be carried out prior to a sports event, when it will stimulate circulation, calm nervous tension and prepare the individual for optimal performance whilst at the same time reducing the risk of injury. It can be carried out after a sports event, when it will relieve soreness and assist with the removal of lactic acid and other waste products. It is often used during training, when the practitioner will focus on speeding up the healing of existing injuries and preventing the development of future injuries.
What does it involve?
The initial treatment involves a brief consultation during which the client and the practitioner agree on a treatment plan. The client is then asked to remove their outer layer of clothing so that the practitioner can work directly onto the skin. The massage is carried out whilst the client is lying on a massage table and, depending on whether it is pre-event, post-event or a training massage, the therapy can take from thirty minutes to two hours.
What are the benefits?
The main benefits of Sports Massage is that it improves muscle flexibility and blood circulation, reduces swelling, aids the prevention of sports injuries and assists the body with recovery and repair after sports injuries have been sustained.
Sports Massage works deep to eliminate toxins embedded in muscle fibres, remove adhesions, and minimise scar tissue build-up. Muscle lengthening in Sports Massage helps restore a range of motion and overall flexibility. Sports Massage also leads to improved circulation which aids better cell nutrition, greater elasticity of muscle fibre, and reduced recovery time.
What are the side effects and when should it be avoided?
Sports Massage, although relaxing and soothing, can also be quite vigorous. It can cause temporary erythema, stiffness, fatigue, decreased bodily temperature and excessive urination.
Sports Massage should be avoided if you have open wounds, burns, infectious skin conditions, muscle tears, sprained ligaments, broken limbs, varicose veins, phlebitis, high/low blood pressure, thrombosis, cancer, tumours, melanoma, haemophilia, epilepsy or diabetes.