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They are forms of massage that can help remedy specific acute and chronic conditions such as frozen shoulder, neck pain, migraine and sciatica. This type of massage is more vigorous and uses various movement strokes to loosen your muscles. It helps break patterns of tension, relieves chronic pain, including inflammation-
Sports Massage therapy is a form of deep soft tissue manipulation that uses several specific techniques to treat physically active individuals, anyone involved in heavy-
It can also be used to provide support with people wanting to maintain and improve fitness. Sports massage can relieve niggling aches and pains before they develop into more serious overuse injuries. It can also be great for post event relaxation and recovery, and help to relieve stress, tension, and fatigue. Sports massage is generally used to provide rehabilitation from soft tissue injury, to maintain muscular conditioning and joint flexibility for competition, in order to maximise athletic potential.
In addition it eases the effects caused by severe exercise such as myofascial shortening i.e. restrictions in your body's contractile (muscle) and non-
Sports massage can be used to help you prepare for physical activity, assist in the prevention of injuries, and aid in your recovery from physical exertion after competition or training. Sports Massage therapy may also be found to be helpful in the mental preparation of athletes for sporting participation. Although, as its name implies, Sports massage is a form more geared towards the athlete, it is equally effective in dealing with the problems caused by heavy work and the stresses of everyday living.
BENEFITS OF DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Commonly known benefits include relaxation, improved circulation and relief of muscle tension. Fitness enthusiasts/athletes will find that these forms of deep tissue massage help to improve their flexibility; muscles tend not to be as sore and stiff; it helps in their recovery time, and reduces the anxiety of athletic competition.
Conditions, which in general respond well to deep tissue techniques are: muscle pain and stiffness, strains, sprains, repetitive strain injuries, sore spots and muscle tension. It should be noted that even though these forms of massage will help certain injuries to heal you should also seek medical advice, as some injuries may need to be immobilised. Deep Tissue Massage is safe and effective, and if performed correctly should have few side effects.
CHOOSING A PRACTITIONER
When deciding to book a DTM session, it is important to choose a qualified therapist who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of this therapy area. You can check whether a sports and remedial therapist is registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) by searching the register at www.cnhc.org.uk. By choosing sports and remedial therapists registered with the CNHC you can be confident that they are properly trained, qualified and insured.
If you require further information about massage in general, or the various types and styles of massage, please feel free to contact us.
Deep Tissue Massage
When a professional athlete tears a muscle or similar, it makes news. But anyone who plays sport or is involved in hard physical effort can be injured and the most vulnerable are children and adolescents, middle-
Whenever you exercise or exert yourself heavily, small amounts of swelling occur in the muscle because of tiny tears. Therefore Deep Tissue Massage, after the event, will help reduce the swelling, loosen tired, stiff muscles, help maintain flexibility, promote circulation (and thus more oxygen) to the muscle, and help to remove the waste products of energy generation. Deep Tissue Massage will help speed up recovery time and alleviate any soreness. Below are descriptions of the more common forms of Deep Tissue Massage.
Deep Tissue Massage techniques are used in recovery from injury or trauma, and for a wide variety of soft tissue problems that people suffer due to everyday living.
(...and associated forms)
Athletes from most sports use Deep Tissue Massage (Sports variant) as part of their training programme, before and after competition and tailored specifically for that person and their sport. In fact a number of athletes have attributed Sports Massage as a primary reason for their performances and longevity. For the athlete Sports Massage can help improve performance, increase endurance, and help lower fatigue levels. By reducing fatigue, athletes can train better with longer and more effective workouts. When you choose to receive massage between your workouts, there is a high increase in your recovery time.
BODY (SWEDISH) MASSAGE
Most people who have not had a massage will start with this. It includes the full body and is a lighter form of Deep Tissue Massage penetrating just the top layer of your muscles. It is probably the most common form of massage. Its main goal is to aid your relaxation and improve your circulation. The therapist applies oil to your skin and uses flowing strokes and kneading movements to relieve tension in your muscles. The treatment incorporates light and deep movements, allowing your mind and body to unwind through the release of tension from your muscles, also stimulating your body's circulatory systems. Long-
CLINICAL AND REMEDIAL MASSAGE
These forms of massage refer to styles of treatment that employ a variety of Deep Tissue manipulation techniques to aid injury recovery. These styles get down into the muscles that are under the top layer of your skin. They tend to be deeper, slower, and more muscle specific.
Gaia DTM Practitioners:
Active Recovery Ltd -
Alev Elliott (Swedish Massage)