“The factor that probably boosted Paula Radcliffe’s performance more than any other is her ability to regenerate. Her regular massages were to give extra maintenance to the whole body. Above all it’s to give Paula’s muscles and tendons the best chance to recover from the heavy workloads she puts them through”
The training secrets of Paula Radcliffe article written by Orlando Pizzolato in TN40 July 2003.
Sports Massage is the manipulation of soft tissue for the treatment and prevention of injuries and also for therapeutic purposes such as muscle conditioning, stress relief and relaxation. The primary goal of this therapy is the restoration to normal activity of various muscles of the body, while maintaining good physical condition and health. . Whether you are actively involved in sport or do little or no exercise Sports Massage can help maintain a healthy and active body, aid injury recovery and relieve tension from everyday life stresses.
Using a variety of techniques such as classic deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, cyrotherapy (ice), thermotherapy (heat) and a variety of controlled stretches such as STR’s (Soft Tissue Releases) and MET’s (Muscular Energy Techniques), sports massage mobilises and improves muscle tone, promoting relaxation and stimulating circulation, and in doing so has the potential to produce therapeutic effects on many other systems of the body.
Physically, the pressures of massage along the flow of the lymphatic and venous systems encourages more efficient blood flow and lymphatic drainage, and the movement of other substances which in turn are essential for repair and growth. This aids the restoration of normal tissue condition. The process also facilitates the exchange of fluids and helps in the removal of waste products, such as lactic acid. Massage will also stretch muscle fibres and the fascia surrounding muscles, breaking down scar tissue and adhesions. Physiologically, massage aids in the reduction of muscle pain and enhances relaxation.
Sports Massage Therapy is an effective treatment for:
- Sporting injury
- Lack of flexibility
- Muscular aches and pains
- Enhanced recovery after exercise
- Improved athletic performance
- Pain relief
- Increased circulation
- Stress relief
- Relief of headaches & migraine
- Sciatica relief
For the athlete, Sports Massage may be used in conjunction with stretching in order to help loosen, warm and prepare muscles so that performance and endurance might be enhanced. Following an athletic event, Sports Massage may be used to relieve pain, prevent stiffness, and return the muscles back to their normal state. It may also be used for injury rehabilitation. By helping to maintain the entire body in good physical condition, it reduces the possibility of injury and the loss of mobility, especially in high-risk areas and potential trouble-spots. It can aid in the cure of injured muscle tissue and restore mobility, boost athletic performance and enhance endurance, extending both the good health and overall life of a sporting career.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone (or thermal) massage is a speciality massage treatment where the therapist uses smooth heated stones of various sizes as an extension of their own hands. The heat can be deeply relaxing, helping to warm up and loosen tight muscles, and in doing so enables the therapist to work more deeply and effectively, easing out built-in tension, aches and pains. As well as easing muscular tension the relaxing nature of this treatment makes it a very effective de-stressing tool.