Sports massage is the application of a variety of soft tissue techniques to maximise the performance of athletes by preventing and treating sporting injuries. The treatment 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 also be carried out after a sports event, when it will relieve soreness and assist with the removal of lactic acid and other waste products. When used during training, the practitioner will focus on speeding up the healing of existing injuries and preventing the development of future injuries.
Sport massage is not limited to athletes it is ideal for anyone who is in need of any soft tissue work irrespective of age, gender or level of fitness.
Holistic Massage, also known as Therapeutic or Swedish Massage, is a complementary therapy which involves the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to promote relaxation. It can improve the function of the circulatory system, lymphatic system, muscular, skeletal and nervous system and in doing so improve the rate at which the body can recover from injury and illness.
This deeper type of massage works all the muscle groups, removing stiffness and soreness, easing tension and restoring the proper function of the muscles. Treatment is particularly effective at increasing oxygen flow in the blood, aiding the release of toxins and tensions in the muscles and reducing emotional and physical stress.
The effects of the massage can leave you feeling relaxed and sleepy or invigorated and full of energy. It can be very useful in the prevention and treatment of stress, enabling you to relax and unwind and promote an overall feeling of well-being.