For skiers, snowboarders, ski tourer's, runners, climbers, golfers and anyone else whose body needs some expert massage. Whether its aching legs, sore shoulders, stiff back or neck, or just general muscular tension, you are in safe hands with our team of British qualified Sports Massage practitioners.
We will address the muscle imbalances and soreness in the muscle caused by the exertions of sport in the mountains. This is a vigorous massage which is intense, but leaves you feeling ready to tackle the mountain again!
How does Deep Tissue Massage work?
When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions which form bands of painful, rigid tissue in muscles, tendons and ligaments. These adhesions can block the circulation, particularly in the fascia and cause pain, inflammation and reduce movement.
Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions thus relieving the pain and restoring normal movement. To do this the therapist often uses myofascial release, direct deep pressure to the area or frictions applied across the grain of the muscles.
Will it hurt?
For most people yes there will be some pain, but this should be within your comfort and the therapist will be checking to ensure it is not too painful, otherwise your muscles will tense and restrict the improvement.
There is usually some localised pain after a deep tissue massage, but this should subside within a day or so. The therapist may recommend applying some ice to the area after the massage.
BENEFITS OF MASSAGE
Lets not forget that Sports massage is not only for the injured individuals, but can also offer a range of benefits to uninjured individuals who are looking to enhance their sporting performance or just to have muscles feeling flexible again!
In general terms massage can:
Maintain the human body in a healthy condition
Help prevent injuries
Increase sporting performance
Speed up the recovery period following an injury
In more specific terms there are the physical, physiological and psychological benefits of a sports massage.
Enhanced tissue permeability: Massage allows the tissue membrane pores to widen, encouraging fluids and nutrients to pass through more readily. This enables waste products such as lactic acid to be removed rapidly and creates an environment whereby oxygen and nutrients are quickly delivered to the target muscles, producing an enhanced recovery.
Increased flexibility: Massage stretches muscle tissue in a multidirectional manner, both longitudinally and laterally. It can also have a similar effect on the muscular sheath and surrounding fascia, allowing a beneficial release of stored tension and pressure.
Enhanced micro circulation: Massage enhances the blood flow to the tissues of the target muscles in a similar manner to exercise. In addition to this, massage also causes blood vessels to dilate enabling oxygen and nutrients to pass through more readily.
Scar tissue realignment: Each and every time a muscle receives trauma or injury, scar tissue is formed which can affect the muscle itself as well as the tendons and ligaments. If not treated correctly at the time of injury, this scar tissue can form haphazardly, resulting in the potential for long term inflexibility issues. Massage assists in realigning the scar tissue formation and reduces the likelihood of subsequent injury and/or pain.
Stimulates relaxation response: Massage creates an environment whereby heat generation, enhanced circulation and increased flexibility are all promoted. All of these factors play a role in stimulating mechanoreceptors in the body and creating relaxation.
Inhibition of pain: A combination of tension and waste products within a muscle can often result in the sensation of pain. Massage lessons this painful feeling by its ability to reduce tension and remove waste products. It also encourages the release of endorphins.
Reduced anxiety levels: Through stimulating a relaxation response, massage has the additional benefit of lowering anxiety levels, creating a mood enlightening experience.
Invigorating bodily response: If the sports massage is completed utilising brisk movements prior to a sporting event then it can create an invigorating bodily response.
So if you ever needed one good reason to book a sports massage, now you have many!