More about Sports Massage Therapy ...
Sports Massage involves injury diagnosis and treatment programmes, incorporating intensive massage therapy and exercise prescription.
This promotes healing, helps to restore normal function and fitness and prepares you for your return to sport. For sports related injuries massage enables us to identify points of pain, tension and discomfort allowing us to release, realign the tissue, giving your body’s natural ability to repair an optimal boost.
Sports Massage is a form of massage which utilises specific techniques and stretches to help obtain maximum performance and physical conditioning with less chance of injury or pain. It increases power, endurance and flexibility both before and after an event. It is an exciting time for the industry as NICE Guidelines suggest for lower back pain a course of manual therapy including manipulation and massage, and an ever increasing body of research documents its usage. It is suitable for both men and women and is highly beneficial for stiff necks, stiff shoulders, sore backs, headaches, and the general aches and pains arising from busy lifestyles (e.g., sitting at desk, using a computer, driving, lifting and carrying). Massage techniques are often combined with soft tissue therapy, neuro muscular and muscle energy techniques (MET's) that can be highly beneficial in the repair and prevention of common sports injuries. These include neck or back ache, tennis elbow, achilles tendonopathy, running related injuries, piriformis syndrome and repetitive strain injuries.
Soft tissue therapy can release the tension from the body’s soft tissues due to over-use, after injury or through inactivity, bringing a range of benefits:
Prevention of injury
Relief for tired and aching muscles
Pain reduction through the relaxation of soft tissues
Reducing recovery time after training or competition
Improved flexibility and range of movement
Reduction of stress and tension
Improved posture and general body awareness
Aid rehabilitation after an injury, accident or operation
Enhanced immune system
What is Massage?
The art of massage for healing and relaxation dates back many thousands of years. The Chinese, Indians, Ancient Greeks, and Romans all practiced it extensively as a vital component to their healing and health regimes. Massage therapy can be clarified as the scientific manipulation of soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of or to the body. Receiving a massage can alleviate chronic pain and promote a deep feeling of relaxation.
It may seem obvious, but there are many people living with chronic pain. Massage therapy can reduce the causes of this pain, which can be a healthier and more holistic approach than reaching for synthetic drugs or other forms of pain relief. Receiving regular massage treatments can also help promote better sleep, improves digestion and boosts immunity.
I initially qualified in Holistic Massage at the Cotswold Academy of Health and Beauty. This knowledge combined with a keen interest in regular exercise including running, cycling and pilates, I went on to qualify in Sports Massage, deep tissue, myofascial release, indian head massage, natural facelift rejuvenation and mum to be massage, and I regular undertake further studies to help broaden my knowledge and enhance the quality of my service being offered to clients. I am delighted to be able to bring a spa experience to guests visiting some of the loveliest accommodation venues in the Cotswolds; The Lakes by Yoo, The Thyme in Southrop, Eco-chic Cottages and The Feathered Nest.