What is sports massage?
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 rightly 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 soft tissues that are stuck together - and often they no longer feel soft but very hard, stiff and sore. 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 restore movement and mobility around joints that have become stiff and painful.
Is sports massage just for sports people?
Definitely not! Sports massage is helpful for anyone looking for a deep tissue massage that can restore stiff, sore muscles to muscles that move with pain-free ease. Whilst sports massage is invaluable to athletes who might need pre and post event work to either loosen, repair or refresh sore, aching limbs; sports massage is also ideal for those who don't necessarily play sports, but perhaps sit in the same position for long periods, or carry out repetitive tasks.
The sports massage that the independent therapists at City Sports Massage perform is finely tuned and sensitive. Some clients want a more 'heavy duty' treatment that blasts out muscles quickly and efficiently; but others will require a much more gentle approach. Often a treatment can span these two extremes - dependent on the requirements of the client. Good sports massage is about listening carefully; and responding to the unique needs of each individual.
So to summarise - sports massage aims to restore function and eradicate muscular pain whether the discomfort has originated in bad posture from desk work, or throwing oneself around a rugby or football pitch.
What conditions can sports massage treat?
The City Sports Massage London team treats sports injuries such as shin splints, hamstring tears and tennis elbow, and also conditions such as scoliosis, sciatica, RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), frozen shoulders, tight calves, sore glutes, breathing difficulties and sore, tight shoulders, as well as stress related conditions such as tension headaches and migraines.
What do City Sports Massage London specialise in?
The independent therapists at City Sports Massage specialise in listening closely to your needs and delivering bespoke treatments. The team have different backgrounds, as independent therapists they all bring their unique approach. All of the therapists really want you to get better, so they may inform and educate around self-care and stretching (and how to engage with it successfully), strength training, and breathing and relaxation techniques.
Whether you want to speed up recovery times to keep up with a training schedule for your next marathon, or triathlon, or just need to take a breather on the massage couch to get your sore shoulders fixed, if you're in London you could benefit by booking an appointment with one of the team now.
Each of the Therapists offer a bespoke service
Our therapists are categorised according to their experience. There are two levels to choose from:
Each therapist can use a variety of massage techniques to provide you with the massage that you want. And if you're not sure what you want? Don't worry, you're in experienced hands that will quickly get a sense of what is 'right'. Your massage is all about you and what is right for you - so please don't ever feel like you have to put up with pressure that is too heavy, or too light!
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