Massage  

SPORTS and REMEDIAL MASSAGE

Don’t be misledyou don’t have to play a sport to have a sports massage!

A sports massage is the most focused and area specific massage, - focusing on particular muscle groups and surrounding tissues, to improve the body’s movement and deal with injuries and postural problems.
These are often caused by repetitive movements (as found in most sports), but can just as easily occur through bad posture at work;  sitting at a computer;  manual work;  or perhaps playing an instrument.
A sports massage stimulates the muscular and nervous systems rather than just offering the relaxation of a holistic massage.

Techniques include:  advanced stretching to increase range of movement
                                 the break down of scar tissue
                                 manipulation of the soft tissues to enhance blood flow to muscles.
Where appropriate, a rehabilitation  programme including progressive stretches and exercises, plus advice on supplements and nutrition.

Suitable for:
Any sports injury:  joint and/or muscle pain
Repetitive strain:  for instance back, neck, shoulder or wrist pain from working at a computer.
Everyday activities such as digging in the garden, resulting in back pain, sciatica etc.

Deep Tissue Massage is a firm massage, focusing on the deeper layers of muscle and fascia.  The aim is to relieve tension within the body, unsticking muscle fibres, releasing deep tension, and relieving chronic muscle aches and pains.
This can be specific to certain areas (neck, shoulder, back etc.) or can be more general, helping to deal with stress and anxiety.
When muscles are stressed they tighten and block oxygen and nutrients , leading to inflammation that builds up toxins in the muscle tissue.  A deep tissue massage helps loosen muscle tissue, releasing these toxins, and getting blood and oxygen circulating freely, - leaving you feeling more relaxed and easier in movement.

This helps to reduce the pain and tension associated with occupational, postural, and emotional stress, so common in our busy everyday lives.

Muscle Energy Technique:  a direct, non-invasive manual therapy often used to relieve pain, normalise joint function, and increase range of motion.
It is directed by the practitioner, but entirely controlled by the patient.
Muscle energy techniques can be applied safely to almost any joint in the body. Many athletes use MET as a preventative measure to guard against future muscle and joint injury.
However it is also used by individuals who have a limited range of motion due to back pain, neck and shoulder pain, scoliosis (curvature of the spine), sciatica, asymmetrical legs, chronic muscle pain, stiffness or injury.