Massage therapies work on a physical level by improving circulation and lymphatic drainage aiding the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells whilst at the same time eliminating toxins, releasing muscular tension and boosting the immune system. A relaxing massage also deepens the breath, calms the mind and reduces the effects of physical and emotional stress on the body.
Do you need to play sports to benefit from a Sports Massage?
The answer to that question is most definitely no. Whilst Sports Massage can be of huge benefit to athletes and those who participate regularly in physical activity it can also benefit anyone who has experienced any injury or soft tissue dysfunction. Have you felt a twinge while carrying a heavy weight, twisted awkwardly whilst doing housework or felt your back neck and shoulders are stiff and locked from sitting at a desk all day? These are issues that if left untreated can become much greater problems.
A Sports Massage cannot replace a thorough medical examination for any undiagnosed injury or pain. As Sports Massage therapists we treat, but we cannot diagnose. However, once your G.P, Physiotherapist or health professional has given permission, regular massage can be of huge benefit to restore muscles to their full action and range of movement; increasing mobility and restoring balance to your body.
Myofascial Release can help with many issues including lower back pain and dysfunction, general back pain, shoulder dysfunction, neck strain, shoulder and neck tension, pelvic imbalances, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, pain resulting from disc impingement, arm tingling, abdominal discomfort, stress, headaches and migraines.
The soft tissues of the body include fascia and muscle as well as tendons, ligaments, skin, nerves and blood vessels. Fascia is found superficially under the skin and permeates the body, surrounding and weaving its way around and through muscles and their fibres, organs, the brain, spinal chord and nerve fibres.
Myofascial Release aims to influence tissue change and promote a healthy pain-free lifestyle. The therapist feels for tissue tension with a light, kinaesthetic touch, and by applying sustained pressure (a non-force approach) allows for tissue and nervous system reorganisation.