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.
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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 soothes, eases, and mobilises the muscles - rather than solely stroking the skin. A common misconception is that sports massage is only for sports people - it's not! Whilst it’s 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. It can restore stiff, sore muscles to ones that move with pain-free ease; giving freedom from pain and discomfort.
The sports massage that City Sports Massage perform is finely tuned and sensitive. We are aware that some clients want a more 'heavy duty' treatment that blasts out muscles quickly and efficiently; but others will require a much more gentle approach. We hold regular training workshops to ensure our team are flexible in treating both extremes of the spectrum. Often a treatment can span these two extremes - dependent on the requirements of the client. Our 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. Please give one of the clinics a call if you would like to find out more.
What do City Sports Massage London specialise in?
City Sports Massage incorporate, where appropriate, breathing and relaxation techniques to help release tight tissues. We specialise in using body awareness techniques to help our clients get to know their bodies – to learn techniques that they can use at home. Over the years we've noticed that often clients have a strong aversion to stretching – but in fact if its done the right way, with gentleness and kindness, and by using the breath, it can be not just effective – but extremely enjoyable too! No one likes doing something that doesnt get results AND is painful too, so we try to educate and inform. Really, we aim to make sure our clients don’t come back too often – unless they want too. We like to soothe, to ease pain, to educate, and especially, to empower.
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 might benefit by booking an appointment with us now.
Each of the Therapists offer a bespoke service
A variety of massage techniques can be drawn upon by each therapist 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 and we will quickly get a feel 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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You gave me the best massage I’ve ever had in 2006. Sadly I left for NYC that year—I’ve had hundreds of massages since but they haven’t come close. Thanks!
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