Sports and Deep tissue Massage
The prime purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where problems occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, it can help prevent those niggling pains that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether one is an athlete, ardent keep-fitter or a once a week jogger.
This treatment is not just for the sports person: anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious (occupational, emotional and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to problems experienced by sports people).
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, toning, and trigger point response techniques similar to Acupressure and Shiatsu. The skilled therapist brings together this blend of techniques, knowledge and advice during treatment, to work effectively with the client to bring about optimum performance and to provide injury-free training and minimise post event injuries.
Benefits and Effects
There are three areas where sports massage is used to benefit athletes.
Maintenance Massage: A regular massage treatment programme based on the therapist’s understanding of anatomy and of the muscles used in a given sport and which are likely candidates for trouble. By concentrating on particular muscle groups the therapist can help the athlete maintain or improve range of motion and muscle flexibility.
Event Massage: Pre-event and post-event massage therapies are tailored for distinct purposes. Pre-event treatment is used as a supplement to an athlete’s warm-up to enhance circulation and reduce excess muscle and mental tension prior to competition. It is tailored to the needs of the athlete and his/her event and can be relaxing or stimulating as appropriate. Post-event massage, on the other hand, is geared towards reducing the muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that occur with rigorous exercise. Various sports massage techniques enhance the body’s own recovery process improving the athlete’s ability to return to training and competition, and reducing the risk of injury.
Rehabilitation: Even with preventative maintenance, muscles cramp, bruise, and ache. Sports massage can reduce discomfort during the rehabilitation process.
Soft tissue techniques employed by sports massage therapists are effective in the management of both acute and chronic pain.
Trigger point techniques reduce the spasm and pain that occur both in the painful and “compensation” muscles.
Cross-fibre friction techniques can help with healing by improved formation of strong and flexible repair tissue, which is vital in maintaining full pain-free range of motion during rehabilitation.
In all cases, such massage techniques are employed in collaboration with other appropriate medical care.
About Thai Yoga Massage
Thai Yoga Massage is an excellent basis for soft tissue stretching for all people and provides a therapy which I have formalised into Therapeutic Stretch classes. These are suitable for anyone who suffers from stiffness, whether due to sport activities, labour intensive work, inactivity due to rehabilitation or sitting at a desk all day.
According to legend, Buddha’s physician Jivaka Komarpaj was the founder of the system now called Thai Yoga Massage, though it has probably changed considerably since his time.
Energy from the breath (Lom) travels through the body along lines (Sen). While this sounds like the Chinese sytem of Meridians, it is in fact much closer to Prana of Yoga. Many of the stretches used in the sessions are similar to those used in Yoga, and the method of opening the lines consists of a series of presses by the practitioner using various parts of their body depending on the intensity needed. The treatment is characterised by a rocking motion which uses the body weight to regulate the direction and pressure of each press.
Thai Yoga Massage is the most effective therapeutic massage.
As the massage is performed mostly on the floor it is recommended to wear comfortable loose clothes such as a tracksuit or loose trousers and a tee shirt.
This massage applies gentle rocking pressure to the muscles to stretch them and gradually relax them. The massage can be full body for general health and relaxation, or a programme can be devised for the client’s specific needs.
Thai Yoga Massage is suitable for sports injuries, accident or post-operative rehabilitation, and general aches and pains such as back ache, head-aches and migraine, physical or emotional trauma, bad posture. Thai Yoga Massage with its great range of techniques can release blockages in the body’s energy system and bring the body back to its natural balance.
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of natural medicine, meaning the ‘science of life.’ It focuses on the three ‘doshas’ (body constitution types). Everyone is either one of these doshas (Vata, Pitta or Kapha) or a mixture of two or all three). In massage we use ‘marma’ points (energy points) throughout the human body. Marma means ‘sensitive,’ so the marmas are used as pressure points to tap into the currents of our vitality and unlock deep rooted tension to create healing.
The benefits of regular Ayurvedic massage are:
- Increased body awareness and vitality
- Relieves stress and improves mental clarity
- Promotes a healthy skin and helps the detoxification process of the body
- Improves the circulation and boosts the immune system
This is an alternative rehabilitation exercise programme for muscular pain management through gentle movement sequences and relaxation techniques. It’s a technique developed by neuroscientists using slow, precise and gentle micro movements to create neuromuscular re-patterning. You are training your brain to pinpoint specific areas of tension and pain and learning to let go of them.
The results of regular somatics practice are:
- Heightened sensory awareness of the muscles
- More balanced posture
- Wider range of movement
- Reduction of fatigue
- The ability to reach a deeper state of relaxation…
…Ultimately providing freedom form pain
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Head and face massage
This beautifully relaxing De-stress Scalp, Face & Neck treatment is a favourite. We begin with a warming and gentle effleurage to the face, neck, shoulders, head and scalp using our nourishing, rejuvenating facial oil. A treatment is then delivered to the scalp, working the pressure points from the forehead to the base of the neck. Attention is then paid to the back of the neck and shoulders, removing any tense knots and relaxing the problem areas. Te treatment is finished with focus on the acupressure points across the face.
Relaxes the whole body
Lifts your mood
Improves blood circulation
Strengthens the immune system
Generally leaves you feeling good
Body spa massage
Thai foot massage
This is a massage of the feet and lower legs incorporating methods from reflexology, Thai Yoga Massage and shiatsu. The massage is applied by pressing with fingers thumbs and knuckles, rubbing and bending the feet to stretch them and relax them. Finer pressure is sometimes applied using a specially designed wooden tool.
This is great for tired feet, especially if you have been standing all day or exercising hard.
Foot massage is considered to be particularly effective in opening the energy channels of the body and so its benefits extend to the whole body, not just the area being treated.
improves your mood
improved imune response
improved circulation in the feet and lower legs
improved general flexibility in the feet and legs
Relax deep tissue massage
Deep relaxation and a sense of well-being. This firm full body treatment can be adapted to suit the individual and work on personal key areas of tension.
Using oil enhanced with essential oils the massage is applied deep into the muscles, kneading and relaxing the whole body at a pressure guided by you.
The benefits from deep tissue massage, include
- stress relief
- improved sleep
- eased muscular pain
- relief of joint pain
- improved circulation
- improved flexibility
- assist in regulating blood pressure