Sports & Remedial and Deep-Tissue Massage Watford
Sports massage is that specific area of massage therapy that has been developed to help improve sports performance. It is now an accepted and integral part of the considered scientific approach to sports training, preparation, recovery and injury management. Sports massage may also be known as performance massage, athletic massage or deep tissue massage. It would seem these days that most elite athletes at least have easy access to this therapeutic aid. Indeed many sports clubs and fitness Centers now have on-site professional massage facilities.
Of course, as a therapy, it can be just as useful to non-athletes. Borrowing the standard massage techniques of effleurage and tapotement. It is also normally combined with passive mobilizations, stretching and often with many other more remedial techniques.
There are certain differences between sports massage and general body massage. For one, sports massage has developed, over the years, to directly help athletes prepare and recover from their training and competitions. Therefore it has generally been performed on people who have good knowledge and awareness of their bodies. Athletic bodies in many disciplines, especially those that involve a great deal of strength training, tend to be fit, toned and hard. Which can have implications for the therapist when attempting to access and attend to deeper structures.
What is remedial massage?
The standard dictionary definition of the word remedial may offer such phrases as providing a remedy, to relive or cure, to correct or put right. Remedial massage, therefore, is that particular aspect of massage therapy that is proclaimed to relieve, improve or cure a selection of problems. The experienced sports massage therapist will be able to call upon many remedial techniques. When working to improve function and performance, injuries, postural problems restrictions and other conditions.
Massage generally known
Massage has always been used as an aid to health, and by all manner of people. From mothers for children’s ailments, to nurses in respiratory care, and to osteopaths and medical massage therapists treating all types of conditions, Massage is used because it is effective. Not only is it a therapeutically useful technique, but it is also a very popular treatment. Subjectively it is known that massage feels good.
Another bonus is that massage can be used to treat or relive a very wide variety of conditions. Perhaps not always as the main prescriptive medicine, but as a strong adjunct. Clients turn to massage therapists for many reasons. Obviously, sports massage has developed for sports people, and it is universally accepted. Massage can be helpful for musculo-skeletal injuries. Massage therapy is also widely used for such wide-ranging conditions. As anxiety, depression, palliative cancer care, fibromyalgia, asthma, arthritis, constipation, headache, migraine, multiple sclerosis and insomnia.
Whether the object is to use specific massage techniques to attend to specific dysfunctions and injuries. The object is to generate a relaxation effect. The therapy is more than useful and will always be considered to be so.
Sports massage is not just for athletes.
Sports massage is also very beneficial for anyone with chronic pain, muscle tightness, muscle aches, tension headaches, restricted range of motion and postural problems.
I am an experienced sports massage therapist based in Watford. I offer variety of treatments as sports massage, deep-tissue massage, soft tissue release, muscular energy technique, stretching, exercise and postural advice.