Sports massage is a type of Swedish massage that stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. Some sports massage movements use trigger point therapy to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion. We provide massage from pre-event to post-event and injury prevention/maintenance.
Pre-event massage would consist of lighter faster massage strokes to increase circulation and prepare the muscle for the upcoming event. This is best done within a few hours of the event.
Post-event massage helps to relax the muscles and flush through any released toxins and lactic acid allowing the muscle to recover quicker and with minimal soreness. This should be done within 24 hours after the event.
For injury prevention and/or maintenance deep tissue massage is used to iron out any niggles from training or past events. It is important to address even small problems as they can turn into larger ones if continued trauma is happening without you knowing. It is best to schedule pre and post-event massage well ahead of the event to ensure an appointment is available.
This type of massage goes deep into the muscles to work out tension at a core level and to treat postural imbalances, sporting injuries and general muscle tension.
This is a good amount of time for specific areas of tension like neck and shoulders or lower back aches. Maybe you need your calves worked on after exercise or you have problems with your feet. This can be good for regular maintenance of existing or past injuries as well.
This is the recommended session time for the initial treatment. This allows time to assess and treat the condition presented. A further commitment to a minimum of two 30 minute sessions is recommended for the treatment to be successful.
The most popular time slot and good for larger areas like the upper half of the body or lower half of the body. Neck and Shoulder pain often involve the lower back as well and so it is recommended to have an hour to thoroughly address the whole back. It is possible to have a full body massage if you are happy with less time spent in each area, although we do recommend an hour and a half for full body deep tissue massages.
This allows enough time to address the whole body or thoroughly address larger areas of the body and get relaxation as well. This can be important in the body’s process to integrate new muscle memory. Yes, muscles have memory and can hold the memory of tension for as long as that tension has been going on. So it can be very helpful for the body to have deep tissue therapy to work out the tension and then some relaxation to integrate this new memory by relaxing longer before going “back to work.”