Sports Massage uses manipulative soft tissue
techniques along with stretching and joint
mobilisation. The techniques are modified to
meet the demands of the stage of athletic
performance i.e. pre-event/post-event/during
competition/during training,restoration &
This massage aims to loosen tight muscle
fibres that have bound together from repetitive
movements and overuse. This then enhances
lymph circulation - lubricating the muscles
decreasing friction and removing toxins and
Sports massage helps the athlete to improve
strength and flexibility with a minimum of injury.
If it is your first time visiting you will be asked some questions about your current physical condition, medical history, experiences with areas of pain, areas that hold tension and where there is any specific need you want addressed.
Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed: you may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear for your own comfort. You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
Depending on your needs, I will massage the full body or focus on specific areas that need attention. General relaxation or stress reduction sessions usually include massaging all the major areas of the body. A session for a localised injury or pain will mainly concentrate on key areas. With your consent I will use clay heat packs and warmed stones to heat and relax areas being worked on.
Your only 'job' during the massage is to clear your mind and breathe. Let go! This is your time. Give yourself permission to release stress and tightness. Allow yourself to soften more and more into the table with each exhalation. Let your body feel what it is like to be totally relaxed. If you want to talk during the massage, that is fine. But don't feel obligated. Do what makes you comfortable.
Deep Tissue Massage helps release constrictions in
muscles and surrounding connective tissue. This work
brings increased blood flow, oxygen supply and energy to previously congested areas to assist muscle pain.
Deep Tissue Massage works with connective tissues
called fascia. Fascia consists of thin layers of flexible
supportive tissues that surround each muscle finer.
Clients who experience chronically tight muscle areas
may have fascial constrictions somewhere in their body.
On Arrival...Massage modalities...
Your treatment will most likely be a combination of massage techniques to suit your needs.
Relaxation Massage has long fluid strokes that have
specific therapeutic benefit on both deep and superficial
This Massage technique increases circulation and reduces
emotional and physical stress. It shortens the recovery
time from muscular strain and encourages the release of
endorphins, the body's own pain relieving chemicals. It can
be received in a light or firm pressure.
Supported with aromatherapy oils, heated towels & hot stones Relaxation Massage aims to melt away muscle tension and help the client attain inner peace and balance.
Trigger Point therapy is excellent in the management
of chronic pain, injuries and headaches. Trigger
points can be felt as lumps or knots in a muscle.
When pressed they feel sore. They form in response
to excessive muscular stress that can be the result of
accident, repetitive motion in sports or at work,
postural habits or emotional distress.
Once activated, trigger points force the muscle to
shorten and remain that way. These initiate a cycle
of spasm, pain, tension and limited range of motion.
Your therapist will locate and deactivate these points
using direct pressure and stretch. It may be
momentarily painful but ultimately greatly relieving.
Trigger point is usually done in conjunction with deep
Pregnancy Massage is side lying
supported by pillows with mums-to-be
totally relaxed (and sometimes
asleep!) during the massage. You are
fully draped, only the area being work on is exposed.
Benefits from receiving a Pregnancy
Massage include -
Relief from Neck, Back and Shoulder
Reduced Stress and Anxiety
Reduction of Swelling around
Relief from Pain in Legs and Arms
Physical & Mental Relaxation
If you are are a high risk pregnancy
please consult with your health care
adviser before booking for a massage.