Because it will make a difference to your performance – you will recover faster and have less injuries.
That lack of discomfort will also help with your endurance and stamina while training, allowing you to train harder and more effectively.
Unlike a full body or spa style massage, sports massage focuses on specific problem areas and works on improving muscle tone and flexibility while reducing impact on joints and other structures. Each session will also reduce inflammation and boost blood flow and lymphatic drainage – making your body recover faster and respond better to training.
Making it a regular part of your training schedule will help you get better results from the time and money you are investing your sport. And save expensive post injury treatment costs and the time out of training to recover.
You might think that sports massage is similar to a deep tissue massage. But, while that might make up part of the treatment, there are usually a wider variety of techniques used in each appointment.
These might include myofascial release, trigger point therapy, electrotherapies, home management techniques, lymphatic drainage, taping and neurological stretching and treatment as well as biomechanical strength and conditioning.
Ioanna, our Sports recovery specialist, describes her approach as being “massage with movement”.
“Sports is movement, so when treating athletes, a completely passive treatment doesn’t always get to the core of the problem. I often ask my athletes to move or mimic a particular movement so that I can work on the tissue and structures in motion because that’s where the issue is – you don’t usually get pain standing still!”
A sports massage session can find some interesting and uncomfortable bits BUT it shouldn’t leave you in pain afterwards. People often confused hard pressure with deep tissue or effective massage. In reality your therapist should know their anatomy to such a degree that very little pressure should be needed to have a strong effect.
Regularly! Even as little as 30 minutes a couple of times a month can make a big difference in your recovery time and training effects.
It’s far more expensive and time consuming to do injury rehabilitation then regular maintenance.
But if you have over done it and then book a sports massage session as soon as possible – the longer you leave it the longer it takes to resolve!
If you have a big event coming up then make sure to book in the 2-7 days before your event for your pre event massage to minimise soreness and injury.
After the event a very light massage can help reduce sensitivity and pain in the following 48 hours or else schedule something more intense 3 or 4 days afterwards.
Ioanna (pronounced Yo anna! She’s Greek!) completed her physiotherapy qualifications in Greece. Since then she has worked with the Greek Paralympic team, supporting their wide variety of requirements. She has also worked with a wide variety of athletes around Europe both amateur and professional, she refuses to name names publically because of medical confidentiality (which is a shame cos there some good ones!).
Trained in a variety of techniques including Mulligan’s Mobilisations, Ergon Technique and Pilates Ioanna can call on a wide variety of tools and intensity to create both an in clinic treatment program and a customised at home program to integrate into your regular training schedule.
Ioanna is also working on her Masters in Health Science because “You can never know enough to help people”.
“My belief is that change happens only through movement and that movement heals, which is what I represent through my work. Our bodies are unique regardless of age, gender, disease or disability and it contributes far more to our lives than just physical attributes- it also plays a major role in emotions, learning and relationships. I know that there is no single approach that works for everyone, so I continue to educate myself in order to provide the most comprehensive program to each of my client’s individual needs.”