What is sports and remedial massage?

When you consider the vast number of therapists offering a variety of treatments, one of the questions I'm asked most is 'what is sports massage'? Although based upon elements found in Swedish massage, sports massage is applied more deeply and using greater pressure, incorporating advanced soft tissue techniques throughout the treatment. As the therapist, I will use hands-on techniques to manipulate muscles, tendons and ligaments in order to loosen/stretch tight muscles, stimulate inactive muscle and improve soft tissue condition. The main aim is to improve the efficiency of the musculoskeletal system.

Who is sports and remedial massage for - I'm not an athlete, is it suitable for me?

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.
  • Headaches.
  • 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.

Is Sports Massage painful?

Don’t expect a spa session! Sports massage can occasionally cause some discomfort as tight or injured muscles are treated. During treatment your feedback is essential: there’s a fine line between pain and discomfort, and it’s unique to the individual, so if you feel uncomfortable at any point you should let me know immediately. However, all of my current clients say that they experienced 'good pain' - totally different from 'bad pain' - as they felt like their muscles were responding to the treatment and was actually quite satisfying. Ultimately, you are in control: if you don't like it, tell me and I stop!

What happens at my first appointment?

The first appointment - or initial consultation - includes the taking of a medical history (nothing too in-depth though) and a general conversation with regard to work and lifestyle. This session will also include a postural assessment and, depending on individual symptoms, may include muscle flexibility tests to help me identify where muscle tightness/weakness or imbalances exist. So it is best to bring a pair of shorts, and for ladies - a vest top or similar. This session will last a minimum of one hour and will include treatment.

Further appointments may be required and this varies from patient to patient but is, ultimately, dependant on the injury/problem you present with. We will discuss this at the end of our first appointment.

Do I need consent from my GP or other Medical Practitioner?

As part of the initial assessment any local or general contra-indications will be identified or other underlying medical issues should be brought to my attention. In the event of anything preventing treatment, Medical Consent will then be required before proceeding. Very rarely have I needed to seek consent from a GP before beginning a treatment plan. However, although this may prevent me from any form of massage, I’d still be able to complete a posture analysis, joint range of motion and muscle flexibility tests. You are more than welcome to contact me if you require any further information!

Can I bring someone with me?

I am happy for you to bring a chaperone to your appointment should you wish. Please note that anyone under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by either a parent or legal guardian.

What should I wear?

The only parts of the body that are being treated are exposed, but underwear/shorts should be worn at all times. No upper garments need to be removed if it’s only the legs being worked on. However, it is advised not to wear anything that is liable to stain from oils or creams.

Can I claim on my private health/ medical insurance?

The simple answer is…possibly! I have treated several clients who were able to claim back their costs, however I would strongly recommend checking with your insurer first.

What are your prices?
  • Initial consultation/first visit: £40
  • 90 minute appointment: £65
  • 60 minute appointment: £45
  • 45 minute appointment: £40
  • 30 minute appointment: £32
  • Kinesiology taping: £10 minimum charge (free if included with treatment)

Block bookings are available, please contact me for details.