01242 221456 or 07584 492466
Sports & Remedial Massage
Sports Massage is the efficient and controlled manipulation of the body’s muscles and connective tissues. It is one of the oldest forms of therapy that is highly effective in treating both acute and chronic conditions of the body’s soft tissues. Differing from Swedish massage, Sports massage movements are applied at a deeper and firmer level inducing greater stimulation of the body’s major systems. It can be used as a tool to help relax tired and sore muscles, or can be used to break down scar tissue, muscle adhesions and knots, to re-educate posture or promote recovery from injury. The treatment also provides a thorough assessment of joint and muscle movements and a comprehensive range of stretching and strength exercises. This can aid in the rehabilitation of affected problem areas between treatments and for your long-term health and well-being.
Despite its name, Sports Massage can benefit everyone. It doesn’t matter whether you sit at a desk all day, play with the children at home, work in the garden or at the building site; or whether you play sport competitively or at any level , Sports Massage is for you. We’ve all suffered at some point from headaches, stress, sore muscles, sports and general injuries (old and new). All of these can be attributed to the condition and state of our muscles and Sports Massage can help.
So what can sports massage do for you? The many benefits can include; improved circulation and a more relaxed general well-being, which in turn can help to reduce your heart rate and blood pressure. These combined can promote a better mental state, reducing stress and anxiety.
Skin can benefit from an increase in its elasticity and improved general condition, along with improved muscle tone. Sports Massage promotes the removal of waste products (including swelling) from the body and provides the skin and muscles with increased levels of oxygen and nutrients to promote a healthy condition.
Massage also helps to relieve the effects of muscle spasms and tension. It aids in breaking down scar tissue and adhesions, relieving pain. Reduced muscle tension promotes an increase in the range of movement of the body’s joints, improving posture and flexibility and therefore reducing the risk of further injury
Sports specific treatments and benefits include; all of the above, but you can benefit further from the timing of a treatment. This includes:
- Pre-competition Massages which aid in warming and mobilising the muscles to enhance your performance.
- Post-competition/training Massages will help to minimise the after-effects of a hard session/competition. Toxins can be removed, reducing the effects of stiffness and fatigue, maintaining muscle mobilisation and speeding-up your recovery period.
- Maintenance Massages throughout the training season help to maintain or enhance performance and reduces the risk of injury, or re-injury.
- Rehabilitation Massages promote recovery during and after an injury. A treatment will also include stretching and strengthening exercises specific to your sport.
Some reasons to have a Sports Massage:
- If you suffer from back pain
- If you are suffering joint discomfort, lack of or painful movements
- If you have neck and shoulder or other muscle tension
- If you have a muscle strain or ligament sprain
- If you suffer from headaches, including migraines
- If you are suffering from stress
- If you are suffering from a repetitive strain injury (RSI)
- If you are recovering from an injury (sports or general)
- If you have postural problems resulting from a previous injury
- If you are suffering from general aches, pains and stiffness that just won’t go away
- If you want to relax and pamper yourself, or your partner
- In conjunction with another therapy to aid in speeding-up your treatment
60 mins – £45.00
For further prices see individual therapists pages.
After taking up regular exercise Emma developed a keen interest in health wellbeing & body biomechanics and decided to re-train in Sports Massage. After studying a diploma with Sports Performance Services Emma qualified as a Sports Massage Therapist in 2009 and has been working from various clinics in Gloucester & Cheltenham since. Emma also offers Holistic Therapies in the form of Thai Foot Massage, Indian Head Massage & Seated Acupressure Massage. What brings Emma the most pleasure in her role as a Massage Therapist is being able to make a difference through her treatment methods to a wide range of people. Emma is accredited with the Sports Massage Association & Federation of Holistic Therapists.
An invigorating, deeply stimulating and re-energising treatment to help alleviate stress and tension that builds up in the body during a wide range of physical activities, such as sports participation, exercising, work related tension, driving and sitting or walking with poor posture.
SEATED ACUPRESSURE MASSAGE
A relaxing or invigorating treatment to the back, neck, shoulders and head using massage techniques and working on acupressure points to help with a wide range of issues including muscular tension, headaches, stress & anxiety and poor posture.
THAI FOOT MASSAGE
Thai Foot Massage consists of working on the feet & lower part of the legs and is performed with the hands and a Thai foot stick. The treatment is both relaxing and invigorating and has the aim of balancing the body and encouraging good health.
INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE
Indian Head massage originated in the East several hundred years ago. The treatment induces a state of calm, peace and tranquility and can promote high levels of alertness and concentration. Relaxing, yet invigorating, Indian Head Massage creates a wonderful feeling of well-being.