Below are just some of the questions I get asked, if your question is not covered please get in touch below & I shall be happy to answer any questions you might have.
Q. Should I receive Sports Massage if I don’t play Sport?
Sports massage is not unique to sports people despite its name, it is aimed at anyone and everyone who wishes to free themselves of the daily muscle aches, pains and stiffness associated with the hectic lifestyle we lead today.
Q. What will I expect on arrival for the treatment?
On an initial visit you will be asked to fill out a consultation form which contains a number of questions concerning your general health & well-being, injuries and current medical conditions that I should know about, in order to determine if there are any contraindications that may prevent or limit the massage treatment. You will then be asked to undress to your level of comfort and modesty, and to lie on the treatment couch under a large towel(s). During the session I will use draping techniques to expose only those parts of the body to which treatment is being applied.
Q. What should I wear?
Most massages are traditionally performed with the client dressed in their underwear, however the most important thing is your comfort and relaxation. Although I do ask most clients to wear loose-fitting clothing as you may need to assist me with various stretching techniques before and/or after the massage itself.
Q. Will I feel pain during and after the massage treatment?
During the massage I will work the layers of the skin, fascia and superficial muscles in order to allow access to the deeper muscle tissue. The warming up of the layers will lessen the discomfort felt when deep frictions are applied during the treatment.
Q. How will I feel after treatment?
While you will feel relaxed after the massage, it is very common to feel a little sore the next 24 – 72 hours, especially if deeper massage techniques have been applied. An initial dull headache may occur due to the release of toxins from the muscles into the bloodstream. I recommend you increase the intake of water after each treatment. Regular massage promotes deeper sleep at night and greater energy during the day. There are also benefits for circulation and the efficiency of the lymphatic system, which helps rid the body of toxins, increases muscle efficiency and improves muscular mobility.
Q. What’s the difference between sports massage & physiotherapy?
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapist was initially formed by a group of remedial massage therapists, meaning about 100 years ago there was no difference. But remedial massage has many clinical limitations and, quite rightly, physiotherapy began to develop techniques, procedures and equipment to overcome some of those limitations. However, massage became a smaller part of training and in many cases today hardly appears on their training curriculum. Remedial (Sports) massage, has been the most effective treatment for minor soft tissue conditions for thousands of years. Of course the equipment used in massage, human hands and palpitation skills, has not diminished over the years, nor has there been a change in the soft tissue conditions people suffer. So what was effective throughout history is no less effective today. Physiotherapist today are being trained to deal with more and more serious conditions, and the minor soft tissue problems may not be given the importance they deserve. Remedial massage today is dealing quickly and effectively with many minor and chronic muscular problems which still seem to respond to good old-fashioned remedial massage better than anything else. Physiotherapist, generally speaking, use very little massage, but remedial massage therapists use nothing but massage, so the two are clearly very different now. The two do work very well together and we see great examples of remedial massage therapists working within physiotherapy.