Easy answer: it’s suitable for everyone! Any treatment will be tailored to the needs of the individual. Some of the most common problems I have seen include:
- Back/neck/shoulder pain.
- Muscular aches and pains.
- Sports injuries/training maintenance.
- Relaxation/stress relief.
- Poor posture.
All the above can, basically, be put under specific 'banners': -
Maintenance/Preventative: You don't have to wait until an injury/ailment occurs to have a massage - many of my clients I see on a monthly basis. This allows me to look for potential problems, restrictions, tightness or possible weaknesses which could help them avoid any significant muscle dysfunction or injury. Major muscle groups will feel more relaxed and is considered one of the best ways to avoid a stress related injury/illness.
Rehabilitation/Corrective: From office worker to professional athlete, if you are unfortunate enough and suffering from an injury or muscular problem, then a remedial massage may speed up your recovery! It will focus on the area causing the problem and those muscles being overworked compensating for it, freeing-up tight tissues and stimulating the repair process.
Sports Specific: Massage can be applied throughout a sportspersons various training stages. The areas under the highest stress during a workout will be identified and treatments geared towards those areas. As the physical demands of each sport differ, so will the individual stress points. Massage can also be applied Pre, Inter/Intra and Post Event. However, you don't have to be a professional athlete to benefit from a Sports Specific Massage.