Sports massage is a technique used on soft tissues in the body to effectively reduce muscle tension, alleviate stress and restore balance to the musculoskeletal system. It is one of the oldest and most effective forms of remedial therapy.
How does Sports Massage work?
Sports massage works through the manipulation and rehabilitation of muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia to correct imbalances caused by physical activity or repetitive daily habits.
In areas of chronic muscle tension or injury there is reduced blood flow and limited range of motion, which causes pain and inflammation. Sports massage can help reduce muscle soreness and increase flexibility thereby lessening the pain and speeding up the healing process.
Sports massage has been proven to reduce anxiety, stress and depression. The power of touch has many physiological benefits. The energy that flows through the fingers of a skilful massage therapist is a powerful stimulant on the many nerve endings under the skin that reduces stress and increases relaxation. This helps us to sleep better and therefore recover more quickly.
Sports massage can be incredibly effective and in my experience many issues can be resolved through soft tissue work. However it works best as part of a wider treatment plan when backed up with movement therapy, which is why I often prescribe a few exercises after a session to maintain the results.
Common conditions treated:
- Strains and Sprains
- Back and neck pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Frozen shoulder
- Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
- Tennis elbow
- Runners Knee
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Pregnancy related hip and back pain
- Treatment after injuries and accidents
- Reduces muscle tension, spasms and pain
- Speeds up recovery from injuries
- Improves muscle flexibility and joint range of motion
- Prevents injury through early identification of potential problems
- Enhances training and competitive performance
- Myofascial release can dissipate scar tissue after surgery or injury
- Reduces stress, anxiety and depression
- Strengthens the immune system
- Improves sleep
- Improves posture and general body awareness
Who is it for?
Sports massage is for everyone, not just sports people. Muscular tension can build up in the body as a result of poor posture, lifestyle habits, repetitive tasks and emotional stress. You can get an injury from a simple daily task such as gardening or lifting children. Massage can therefore be just as beneficial for someone who works at a desk all day as it can be for a professional athlete.
At all levels of sport, massage is a necessity rather than a luxury as it ensures muscles are in peak condition and irons out any niggles which may develop into injuries. After a training session muscles accumulate waste products and are depleted of nutrients. Trauma can develop on a microscopic level, which may lead to serious injury if left unaddressed. Massage gets fresh blood into these areas and prevents the micro tears from developing further.
Sports massage is a great preventative treatment as it means you can train more often with less chance of injury. It can also be used pre and post event to enhance performance and significantly reduce delayed onset muscle soreness.
What My Clients Are Saying
“Janey’s expertise, sympathy and extraordinary physical strength have solved many issues with my ageing body, bringing my shoulders back from the brink after years of over-exertion on the Fives court, mending my thighs and lower back after damage from an ancient gym injury and giving me far more general mobility in life and in sport than a 50-year-old wreck like me deserves”
Giles Coren, Journalist
I’m a Sports Massage Therapist and Movement Teacher who specialises in core rehabilitation. With many years of experience in manual therapy, movement and fitness I draw on a depth of knowledge and tools to tailor my sessions to individual needs.
My aim is to educate and enable my clients to feel fully confident in their bodies and move through life without fear and pain. I love everything about my job. It combines my continued fascination with the human body with meeting and helping a huge variety of people. Please get in touch if you have any questions at all.
LSSM dip ISRM; BWY dip; CPT-RES
Kentish Town, NW5
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