Sports Massage / Deep Tissue Massage
Massage has been used on athletes for 1000’s of years.
The ancient Greeks used pre and post event massage on athletes.
The Finnish school of Massage developed the first ‘Sports Massage’.
In the 1950s and 1960s the Russians and East Germans developed the ‘Sports Massage’ techniques further – and it is those techniques that are used today.
This massage incorporates Swedish massage techniques, neuromuscular techniques and some pressure point work and can be of great benefit to anyone who is physically active such as cyclists, swimmers, dancers, walkers, athletes and sports people in general.
Given before exercise, this massage warms and loosens muscles and joints helping to prevent cramp and injuries and the ‘uplifting’ effect that this massage has on emotions has been known to enhance performance.
Given after exercise it helps to stimulate the lymphatic system aiding the removal of waste products which build up during exercise hence the occurence of pain and stiffness are greatly reduced.
This massage is also designed for anyone who is suffering from chronic muscle tension, it could be stress, postural or work related.
Before your first session, you will be taken through a thorough, confidential consultation where details of your lifestyle and medical history will be recorded. The massage will be designed to suit your individual needs.
Potential benefits of this massage include:
* Faster recovery from micro damage and trauma.
* Improved circulatory and lymphatic system.
* Increased flexibility.
* Speedier recovery from injuries.
* Reduced muscle tension, cramping and inflammation.
* Relief from pain, headaches and back pain.
* Increased energy levels and feelings of vitality.
* A general sense of health and well-being.
Sometimes this massage can be uncomfortable at first, but as the body responds and muscle stiffness reduces and flexibility increases the the uncomfortable feeling will lessen.
To gain maximum benefit from this massage you should try to rest afterwards as this helps your body’s natural healing process.
Try to avoid stimulants such as caffeine.
Avoid alcohol for 24 hours.
Drink plenty of water and herbal tea over next few days – this helps to flush away the toxins released during massage.
Greenhouse Therapies Holistic and Sports Therapies & VTCT Accredited Training Centre
40 Parkgate Road,Chester CH14AJ Tel 01244 637851 and 07512 127013
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