BENEFITS FOR RUNNERS
For distance runners, sports massage can enhance performance and recovery in many ways.
Relieving tightness/tension: a sports massage will stretch and lengthen the muscles in a much deeper and localised way than when you stretch after a run.
Improving blood flow: when blood flow to a particular area is increased, healing can take place and the fatigued or injured muscles are rejuvenated.
Increased flexibility: with more flexibility, range of motion and the mobility in joints can be improved.
Breaking down scar tissue: massage can be utilised to promote the healthy formation of scar tissue so that it forms in a strong linear pattern. A build-up of scar tissue can cause tightness or weakness in the muscles. Massage will also break down scar tissue which can build up in distance runners.
When is the best time to get a Sports Massage?
If you want to get a massage before a race, it’s best to do so 2-3 days prior as Massage can sometimes require “recovery”. For those runners not racing right now, it is best to apply this rule for your scheduled hard work outs or long runs.
If you’re wanting a post-event massage, waiting 1-2 days after the race before having a sports massage is ideal. This gives the muscle soreness time to subside and the massage would help in improving flexibility and reducing tension, rather than causing further strain to the muscles.
What is Sports Massage?
This treatment uses deep manual therapy techniques of the soft tissue (muscles, ligaments and fascia) to help the recovery acute and chronic injuries caused by sports and physical exercise. Sports massage is an effective way to release tension, reduce pain and restore smooth, confident and efficient movement in your musculoskeletal system.
Who is Sports Massage for?
If you play sports or exercise regularly then it’s normal to pick up niggling stresses and strains which can impair performance or inhibit you working out in the way that you would like. A sports massage can help strained soft tissues to heal, desensitise painful areas of your musculoskeletal system and assist your recovery time post-workout, enable you to exercise more frequently and more intensely.
What is Sports Massage like?
By using deeper, more intense pressure and focusing in on specific problem areas, sports massage is not designed to be relaxing (see our treatments Aromatherapy, Deep Tissue Massage or Swedish Massage). A Sports massage is likely to be more intense than a Deep Tissue massage, but should never be painful. Let your therapist know if you are experiencing discomfort and they can ease off the pressure or avoid certain areas if needed. Our sports massage therapists have a high level of knowledge about anatomy, physiology and biomechanics (how your body moves) and applies this knowledge to their treatment to improve quality of movement, enhance recovery from injury or exercise and ease pain.
Sports Massage Techniques
At BodyMatters Clinic, we use a number of different sports massage and manual therapy techniques, the precise combination of techniques will be tailored to your specific problems and sporting needs. Some of the most common include trigger point release, deep friction massage, muscle energy techniques (‘contract-relax’ stretching), myofascial release and deep tissue techniques.
Results & Benefits of Sports Massage
Help soothe back, neck and shoulder pain arising from sports and exercise.
Improve sports-specific flexibility (for example mobility needed for a golf swing, running and tennis).
Facilitate healing of soft tissue and sports injuries by enhancing blood flow and tissue drainage.
Support recovery during intense periods of training and exercise (for example marathon training).
Psychological benefits include a reduction in stress and anxiety while providing confidence to move and a general sense of well-being.
Sports Massage 60 minutes - £75
Sports Massage 90 minutes - £95