I’ve worked hard, I ache, why do I now want a ‘painful’ massage?!
Well, because Deep tissue Sports Massage has many benefits! As the name suggests, the pressure and techniques used are usually stronger than most holistic ‘relaxing’ massages, but they are not meant to be sore! A good practitioner will take a full history before starting, noting any injuries or key areas of pain and will check your comfort throughout the treatment.
By using a combination of techniques – ‘sweeping’ massage strokes, trigger point therapy, assisted stretching, muscle energy and soft tissue release techniques, the therapist will seek to ‘realign’ over worked and over stretched muscles, to breakdown scar tissue, reduce any swelling and lactic acid built up post training or injury, and to stretch out and elongate muscle fibres.
Why? Can’t I just stretch?
Yes you can. Stretching is extremely beneficial, whether you are a sports person or not, however the combination of techniques used by a therapist will usually mean faster and more effective results.
What else can it do?
- Improve tissue elasticity – Hard training can make cause muscle fatigue, making them inelastic. Massage helps reverse this by stretching the tissues.
- Pain reduction – Tension and waste products in muscles can often cause pain. Massage helps reduce this in many ways including releasing the bodies endorphins.
- Relaxation – Muscles relax through the heat generated during massage, improved circulation and stretching.
- Pre- race/event massage with brisk movements can ‘awaken’ and warm up muscle tissue ready for action.