All treatments are tailored to meet the needs of the individual.
A sports massage appointment will begin with an assessment of the client’s needs. This may include: taking background information about lifestyle and any history of injuries, observational assessment of the client’s posture and freedom of movement, targetted assessment of their range of movement or strength.
Depending on the client’s needs, I use a range of different massage techniques: gentle massage, deep tissue massage, myofascial release, MET (muscle energy release), myofascial cupping. Additionally, I discuss appropriate stretches and strengthening exercises that the client can do at home to help to improve their condition.
You do not need to have a sports injury to have a sports massage! Anyone with areas of tension will benefit; the tension may arise for many different reasons.
Examples of clients:
- A keen cyclist with lower back pain. Assessment showed that he had shortened hip flexors which were tilting his pelvis, creating tension in the lower back. We worked on hip mobility using a combination of massage techniques and exercises over a period of 4 weeks. I now treat him every 3-4 weeks to help prevent further problems.
- A lady who has been working from home for the last year and has pain around the neck and upper back. I visit her once a month to help to reduce tension and relax muscles in the area.
- A busy mum who works from home and is training for her first marathon. I massage her legs once a month, sometimes more regularly if she feels the need, depending on how much training she has been doing.
- A plumber who spends a lot of his day bent over in tight spaces and has back pain. He comes to see me every other month when his discomfort begins to affect his productivity at work.