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Sports Massage Therapist

Sports massage treatment can be used to relieve muscular tension, mobilise soft tissue, repair muscle damage, break down adhesions and reduce significant pain. Clients can use sports massage alongside training schedules and before/after exercise. Sports massage helps to maximise performance, improve recovery and prevent injuries from taking place. Most of the time I am asked “Is sports massage for athletes?” my answer is NO! Sports massage can be used for anyone from Office workers to hairdressers, it’s a technique which has proven to be an effective treatment for a range of conditions for anyone.

What is a Sports Massage Used for?

Sports massage treatment can be used in a range of circumstances, for example:

  • Relieve muscular tension
  • Mobilise soft tissue
  • Break down adhesions
  • Treat muscular damage
  • Reduce pain

Sports massage is applied with deep pressure to both superficial and underlying muscles in the body. Tension is usually built up in the muscles due to stress, injury or overload of physical activity. A build-up of tension can result in a higher muscle tone, this is the level of contraction of the muscles whilst they are at rest. High muscle tone can feel tight and cause pain. Sports massage reduces the high muscle tone by stimulating the blood flow, therefore increasing temperature and allowing the muscles to relax.

What is a Sports Massage Used for?

Sports massage treatment can be used in a range of circumstances, for example:

  • Relieve muscular tension
  • Mobilise soft tissue
  • Break down adhesions
  • Treat muscular damage
  • Reduce pain

Sports massage is applied with deep pressure to both superficial and underlying muscles in the body. Tension is usually built up in the muscles due to stress, injury or overload of physical activity. A build-up of tension can result in a higher muscle tone, this is the level of contraction of the muscles whilst they are at rest. High muscle tone can feel tight and cause pain. Sports massage reduces the high muscle tone by stimulating the blood flow, therefore increasing temperature and allowing the muscles to relax.

Sports Massage Techniques

At TA Sports Massage, my aim is to employ a variety of techniques when administering a massage. Dependent on the needs of the client the following techniques will be implemented:

  • Effleurage – Light strokes with the palm of the hands towards the direction of the heart, enhancing blood flow
  • Petrissage – Kneading movements which help muscle recovery
  • Tapotement – Hacking and Cupping method for stimulation, normally used in a pre-event massage
  • Friction – Penetrating deeper muscular tissue, ideal for the healing of injury
  • Vibration – Relaxing and soothing muscles from rapid vibrational movements

Trigger Point Therapy and Myofascial Release

Trigger point therapy is a form of Remedial Massage Therapy in which direct pressure is applied to specific areas on tender muscles. This therefore helps reduce muscle tension and pain relief which is one of the therapies you will receive when visiting TA Sports Massage.

Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique which involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions. This then eliminates the pain and can help restore motion. By using Myofascial Release and Trigger Point therapy various benefits can be indicated:

  • Correcting muscle imbalance
  • Flexibility and Joint range of motion improvement
  • Alleviate headaches or symptoms of migraines
  • Reduce adhesions and scar tissue (surgery or injury)
  • Relieve muscle soreness and joint stress
  • Healing and repair, feeling more centred in your body (calm nervous system)
  • Decrease overall effects of stress
  • Increase blood flow an hydration of tissue

Pre-Event Sports Massage

The pre-event massage can be managed from 48 up to 72 hours before an event. Athletes should have shaped their training at this point. Obtaining a deep tissue massage before an event is a good way to release any tension from all the intense training. The closer it is to the event itself, the less intense and deep the massage should be. If you are only able to obtain a massage a day or two before the event, TA Sports massage can produce a lighter massage instead. It is vital you do not have a deep tissue massage and feel sore by having this a day or two before an event.

Inter-Event Sports Massage

This service can be used for athletes who need a quick massage during breaks in a sporting event, in order to relieve cramps or muscle pains and provide an energy boost. Only a few minutes is required for an inter-event sports massage so please contact TA Sports Massage if you would like to book me for an event.

Post-Event Sports Massage

A post-event massage administered within the next 72 hours will help tremendously with an athlete’s recovery. It is important that you perform a cool down and rehydrate before the massage is delivered. The ideal cool down should last between 10-15 minutes, stretching, and rehydrating before commencing with the post-event massage.

Sports Massage Should Be Part of Regular Training

Sports massage unfortunately does not just work overnight. Clients or Athletes determined to see the effects should incorporate it regularly in training, not sporadically.

Athletes serious about long-term performance enhancement should have regular appointments with TA Sports Massage. As a therapist I will sit down with you to evaluate massage needs based on gender, age, type of sport, old injuries, chronic pain, and schedule of sporting events. This will help me determine your schedule and massage techniques to be used for your specific needs.

TA Sports Massage Summary

Sports massage is a more intense massage treatment aimed at underlying muscles and fascia tissues. Sports massage has a range of techniques to treat muscular injuries, maintain healthy muscles and aid preparation and recovery from exercise. Sports massage is an effective and beneficial treatment to relieve muscle tension, break down adhesions, reduce pain and restore range of movement. TA Sports massage can treat a range of people with a variety of conditions to therefore help recovery and restore your body back to normality.

How can I arrange an Appointment with TA Sports Massage?

Services

  • Initial Consultation and Postural Assessment (1 hour – please arrive 10 mins before scheduled time)
  • Deep Tissue Massage (1 hour)
  • Deep Tissue Massage on a specific area (30 mins)
  • Kinesiology Therapeutic Taping (15 – 20 mins)
  • TA Sports Massage will also hand out a Stretching and Exercise guide to help aid injury or tightness after your first appointment. Advise will also be given about different training method to support your needs.

To Book Please email TASportsmassage@gmail.com or call 07826855723.

Tom Austin Profile

Qualification and Skills

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

BA Hons Degree in Sport/Football Studies

Sports and Conditioning Certified

Muscles of the Human Body Certified

Bones and Joints of the Human Body Certified

Principles of Stretching and Motor Skills Certified

Kinesiology  Taping Course Certified

Paediatric First Aid Qualified

1st4Sport Level 1 & 2 Qualified Coach in a variety of Sports