If you are struggling with aches and pains – backache, shoulder pain, neck pain or even poor sleep (insomnia) – then sports massage can be a good solution, with lots of benefits.
If you have never had sports massage or remedial massage (remedying muscle dysfunction) before, you may be unsure what it involves. Complimentary or holistic massages can be very passive, requiring you lie still. Sports massage is more active, often requiring you to move different parts of your body. The soft tissue is also worked to a greater depth as part of the process to restore function. Sports massage also involves a lot of communication to make sure you understand what is happening and why.
Sports massage and remedial massage uses a number of different techniques (sometimes called Deep Tissue Techniques). These include: Soft Tissue Release (STR), Muscle Energy Technique (MET) and Neuromuscular technique (NMT). They aim to restore muscle function by breaking down areas that have become painful or injured. They often feel like a ‘releasing pain’ as function and joints start to move more freely again.
During your massage, each technique is explained to you – how they work and what you can expect. You will be encouraged to take control so you can make sure the techniques work effectively for you.
What to expect during a massage
Postural assessment and muscle testing: A postural assessment and muscle testing are used to identify specific problem areas. They act like a road map so you can understand how your aches and pains are reflected in how you stand and move. Muscle testing naturally follows on from a postural assessment to look at muscle that are weak or tight and any restricted movement.
The Massage itself: Communication is an essential part of your massage. It’s important to explain what is happening and to get your feedback on any deep tissue techniques that are used. You may be asked to move into different positions and to take an active role in the techniques. You are encouraged to ask questions because it is only be getting a better awareness of how your body works that you can start to take pro-active steps to injury-proof your body.
Massage Oils and Lotions: A choice of massage oils and lotions are available. I blend Neal’s Yard Remedies essential oils in a grapeseed base. These oils are natural and certified organic. They are not harmful to the environment and contain no harsh chemicals like parabens.
Rehabilitation and Management Plan: Rehabilitation plays an important part of recovery from injury and continuing the effects of your massage. I use rehab software called “Rehab my Patient” to build individually tailored rehab plans. This allows you to see photos and videos to make sure you get the technique right. Each plan also includes a diary so you can track your own progress.
Aftercare: Because sport and remedial massage is active, it is not unusual for some aches to surface for a few days afterwards. Although this is normal (think abut how your muscles might react after exercise), you may wish to discuss this. Please do contact me. This is part of the aftercare process.
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