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    SPORTS MASSAGE… WHATS IT ALL ABOUT?

    13th December 2017

13th December 2017

SPORTS MASSAGE… WHATS IT ALL ABOUT?

So you’ve probably all heard of sports massage…. But do you really know what it’s all about? How is it different to other types of massage? Does it hurt? Do I have to be sporty? Well here’s the low down…

Sports Massage helps to alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body soft tissues during physical activity, overexertion and/or overuse…this basically meaning we fix what exercise buggers up! It is fantastic for preventing those niggling injuries 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.

You do not need to be the sporty type: anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious such as desk workers (occupational, emotional and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries). I, myself have sports massage to keep my migraines at bay, I find that preventing tension building up in my neck and shoulders really helps, its also great when migraine has struck for relieving symptoms.

Sports massage tends to be deeper and more intense; it incorporates a combination of techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, and trigger point response techniques similar to Acupressure and Shiatsu. Don’t let the word ‘intense’ freak you out…yes it can hurt a bit, in places, but you will not be screaming in pain, well not for the whole session anyway! The reason sports massage is so effective is that it is more intense than normal massage; we get deeper into the tissues and therefore bring about a bigger change. Sports massage, a bit of pain, for a lot of gain!

Georgia Burrows BSc (Hons) | Revive Sports Massage

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