What is sports massage? The City Sports Massage London team explains all!
In this article the City Sports Massage London team will try to answer some of the questions that they get asked on a regular basis. Terms like ‘sports massage’, or ‘deep tissue massage’ can be confusing for those not already ‘in the know’. Some Folks think you have to be sporty or athletic to benefit from this type of massage treatment. Whilst sports massage is incredibly popular with runners, cyclists, marathon and triathlon competitors, and sports people of all persuasions, regular office folk, pregnant women, and students and workers of all descriptions can benefit immensely too.
What is sports massage?
Our London sports massage team have been asked this question countless times – and the answer is a simple one; sports massage is simply a deep tissue massage that aims to massage and manipulate the muscles, stretch out the fascia, and work remedially to ease tightness and restrictions. Clients are often confused by such terms as ‘NMT’ (Neuromuscular Therapy), ‘STR’ (Soft Tissue Release), and ‘Myofascial Release‘ – but really these are technical terms – and the understanding of such terms is mostly relevant to the sports massage therapist rather than client (unless of course they are interested!). Such techniques form part of a toolkit that the massage therapist can use to work in a way that suits the individual client. Some of these techniques involve the client being active (ie actively getting involves with the stretching) this can be useful, but also tiring for someone that’s had a long day in the office. A good sports massage therapist will know when their client could benefit from something that is just as effective, but requires less hard work on the part of the client.
How does sports massage work?
Sports Massage separates tissues that are stuck together. Muscles (and the fascia that surround them) become stuck after injury, misuse, lack of use, stress and tension. Sports and remedial massage can soften such hardened tissue, and can allow more movement and mobility around joints that have become stiff and painful.
Is sports massage for me?
Many of those looking for sports massage (especially in London!) are befuddled by the sheer amount of different descriptions of massage services. The problems that cause muscular tension are as varied as the ways that human beings can use their bodies. Sports massage aims to restore function and eradicate pain whether the discomfort has originated in bad posture from desk work, or throwing oneself around a rugby or football pitch – so the answer is – yes – if your problem is a muscular one then sports massage might help!
But is sports massage painful?
The truth is it is entirely UP TO YOU. But you should find a reputable sports massage therapist who is willing to listen to your requirements – and that includes your pain threshold. Sports massage does NOT need to be brutal. There are times when things might need to be tough – BUT that is something that should be negotiated with YOU. You should never feel that the pain is too much – because in those circumstances your muscles will simply tense up – and that’s exactly the opposite of what a good sports massage therapist should be trying to achieve! The next question is how do you choose a sports massage therapist?
How do I choose a sports massage therapist?
We have written an article here about ‘how to choose the right sports massage therapist‘. It’s not just relevant for those looking for a sports massage in London, but is meant for those looking for a sports massage anywhere in the world!
What do City Sports Massage London specialise in?
We specialise in using breathing and body awareness to help our clients get to know their bodies – to learn techniques that they can use at home. This can include stress management and mindfulness techniques which is a speciality of City Sports Massage London Principal Therapist Jon Gee. Over the years we have noticed that often clients HATE stretching – but in fact if its done the right way, with gentleness and kindness and by using the breath, it can be not just effective – but extremely enjoyable too! No one likes doing something that doesnt get results AND is painful too, so we try to educate and inform. Really, we aim to make sure our clients don’t come back too often – unless they want too. We like to soothe, to ease pain, to educate, and especially, to empower.
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