| Whilst they are usually referred to as separate disciplines, the techniques used and
outcome achieved by deep tissue massage and sports massage are very similar and not
that far removed from therapeutic massage or remedial therapy.
Sports people do not have a monopoly on the need for 'sports massage'. Housewives,
gardeners and people who lead sedentary but stressful lives, can often achieve
the kind of muscle tension that Olympic athletes would be proud of!
The desired outcome for most people seeking sports massage is relief from deep muscle
tension and repair of damaged muscle tissue. The results of good treatment are improved
muscle function, increased joint mobility and - as a consequence of assisting the
repair of damaged tissues - the ability to train harder for longer with less recovery
time between training sessions.
I use deep tissue techniques to stretch and re align damaged muscle fibres and
acupressure or neuro muscular therapy to release muscles from contractia or spasm.
Whilst the techniques used are quite forceful, the treatment is applied in such a
way as to be as relaxing as possible. Where appropriate, stretch programs can be
designed to consolidate work done during treatments.