Sports massage therapy helps to alleviate the stress, pain and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse or postural imbalances, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, Sports Massage can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether one is an athlete, keep-fitter or a once a week jogger.
This treatment is not just for the sportsperson: anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people with musculoskeletal pain, perhaps from a physically demanding job or those with occupational, lifestyle, emotional and postural stress.
Sports massage tends to be deeper and more intense. It is based on the various elements of Swedish massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction and trigger point release techniques similar to Acupressure and Shiatsu. Bringing together this blend of techniques, as well as knowledge and advice during and after treatment, Sports Massage can lead to very effective recovery, enhanced performance and injury-free training and lifestyle.
Deep Tissue Massage
For those who want to ‘feel the massage’. Deep Tissue massage aims to treat specifically by sinking deep into the tissue, slowly moving through the fibres and ‘ironing out the tissue’. Forearms, fists and sometimes knees are used to achieve reduced pain, improved range of movement and comfort.
Table Tai is a treatment adjusted from the traditional Tai yoga massage practice adapted for the treatment couch. It incorporates facilitated stretching, yoga positions and energy release. Forearms, fists, knuckles or knees are used for a highly effective treatment aimed at reducing pain, increasing movement and well-being.
Maximising on the benefits of assisted stretching- something you can’t do on your own! Assisted stretching incorporates a variety of stretching techniques including Soft Tissue Release and PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) aimed to increase comfort and mobilisation, decrease pain and prevent further injury. Can be carried out fully clothed as a stand-alone treatment or incorporated into your time on the massage couch.
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is an over-contracted area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body.
A trigger point in the back, for example, may produce referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache and because the head is shouting the loudest, you may not realise the source of pain is coming from your back.
Trigger point therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. The results and benefits of trigger point therapy are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain.
Trigger point therapy can really help with decreasing pain and is a natural, drug-free way of managing pain and stress. The good news is that you can learn to do trigger point therapy on yourself, it is simple, easy and effective (see Workshops).
Myofascial Release (MFR) is used for the effective treatment and rehabilitation of soft tissue and fascial aches, pains, tension and restrictions.
Myofascia is the connective tissue (fascia) in and around muscles (Myo = Muscle) . Myofascial release is an application used to alleviate tension, restrictions and adhesions in the myofascia in order to restore balance and function. Myofascial release is generally used at the beginning of the treatment with no or little wax or incorporated into the majority of the treatment to get effective results.
Tool Assisted Massage
Tool Assisted Massage can be incorporated to enhance the treatment. The tool known as ‘the Dolphin’ is a Stainless steel ‘blade’ (it’s not as scary as it sounds!) which is used to work over the tissue to give improved feedback, increase treatment effectiveness and maximise the healing process. The tool is very useful for tendinopathies, fascial syndromes, entrapment syndromes, ligament pain, scar tissue and breaking down adhesions.
Medical Acupuncture (Dry Needling)
Western medical acupuncture (or Dry needling) involves the insertion of fine needles into the muscle; Medical Acupuncture is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture (TCM) using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence-based medicine. Acupuncture needles are carefully inserted into the ‘trigger points’ within a muscle to release tension and pain. Clients often report having a feeling of relaxation during the treatment.
Electro-acupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles. Needles are inserted into specific points along the body. The needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips. These devices are used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated. Electro-acupuncture uses two needles at a time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. The aim of Electro-Acupuncture is to reduce your pain.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Often referred to as “Psychological acupressure”, Emotional Freedom Technique works by releasing blockages within the energy system which are the source of emotional intensity, pain and discomfort.
These blockages in our energy system, in addition to challenging us emotionally, often lead to limiting beliefs and behaviours and an inability to live life harmoniously. Resulting symptoms are either emotional and/or physical and include lack of confidence and self-esteem, feeling stuck, anxious or depressed, or the emergence of compulsive and addictive behaviours and pain.
Emotional disharmony can be a key factor in physical symptoms and dis-ease and for this reason these techniques can be used on physical issues, including pain. An EFT treatment involves the use of fingertips to tap on the endpoints of energy meridians whilst repeating a ‘set-up statement’ linked to the area in which you are working on.
The treatment is non-invasive and works on the ethos of making change as simple and as pain-free as possible. Can be used as a stand-alone treatment or incorporated into a 1-1 workshop.
Bespoke workshops are tailor-made to suit you. Come and spend the morning with Kay and be prepared to transform and reduce your pain! Education, creativity, treatment, talking therapy and ‘you time’ are key to decreasing your pain levels and increasing your quality of life. Sessions can be anything from 2 .5 hrs to 4 hrs. For more information please contact Kay to discuss.
Back pain, shoulder pain and those annoying niggles, you just wish someone would tell you how to help yourself! Lots of home-care tips, demonstrations, education, fun and creativity are the name of the game! For more information on what workshops are currently available please follow the link to the facebook page. Workshops are generally kept to smaller numbers in order to provide you with the best possible care and attention.