It was created to help optimise athlete performance and therefore sports masseurs are often taught anatomy to a very high level, as well as a range of different injuries that can occur to the musculoskeletal system. Therefore they often have an emphasis on the prevention and recovery of muscles and tendons.
But sports massage doesn’t have to just be for professional athletes. Massage can help with recovering from day to day injuries by improving circulation, reducing stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system (also known as how our bodies rest and digest), helping cope with chronic pain and helps improve range of motion so that injuries are less likely to occur.
If you are seeing a good sports masseur, the treatment you get at each session will vary slightly every time. They will ask you a few questions about what you expect, your goals, as well as a few questions regarding your daily routines so that they can build an image of how your body functions and the best way to help it move even better.
There are considered to be four main types of sports massage:
Pre-event massage: A short 15-45 minute massage before a sports event, which focuses on the muscles that will be used during the event.
Post-event massage: A longer massage, usually lasting anywhere between one and two hours that aims to aid the body in its immediate recovery.
Restorative massage: given during training to allow the athlete to train harder and with less injury.
Rehabilitative massage: aimed at alleviating pain due to injury and returning the body to health.
Whether you’re aiming to run your first marathon, or just want to get rid of stubborn knots that have build up from sitting at your desk all day, sports massage is great at relieving muscular tension and