5 Ways Sports Massage Benefits Your Body

Contrary to popular opinion Sports Massage can benefit anybody. Most people assume that it is only for athletes, however in combination with other sports exercise or physiotherapy it plays an important role in preventing and recovering from injury.

Many people suffer from minor and chronic injuries resulting from their job whether this is due to a repetitive movement such as a painter reaching overhead to paint or someone not moving very much at all such as a desk-based office worker. Sport massage can aid in relieving pain in the affected areas of the body whilst also helping to correct postural imbalances and poor mobility and movement patterns.

Sport massage focuses on muscles that have seen a large degree of stress and use, often to the point of overuse. Normally, these muscles have seen repetitive and aggressive movement as part of training, sport or competition.

Below I’ve outlined 5 of what I consider the main reasons Sports Massage can benefit anybody’s body:

Releasing Muscle Tension 

Regular sports massage can be one of the most effective means for releasing muscle tension which has built up through constant regular activity or lack of exercise (if you don’t use it you lose it!). It can help prevent overuse injuries, reduce pain and stiffness and relieve tensions in muscles that may lead to stresses on joints, ligaments and tendons. 


Reduce Recovery Time

Sports massage increases blood flow quickly removing waste products such as lactic and carbonic acid (which are natural by products of exercise) but can build up in the muscles after exercise.  

Increases Circulation

Sports massage helps to increase blood flow to the muscles.  During a sports massage, blood vessels dilate, and this allows for the removal of waste products and nutrients to pass into and out of the muscle more effectively. If you are training regularly, this increase in blood flow can vastly aid with recovery ready for your next training session.

Flexibility

Stretching improves circulation which also prevents the breakdown of adhesions helping prevent and heal injuries.  

Scar tissue is the result of previous injuries or trauma and can affect muscle, tendons and ligament flexibility.  This can mean that these tissues are prone to injury and pain.  Massage may not rid the body of the scar tissue completely but should make the tissue more supple and flexible and therefore able to function normally.

Relaxation

Relaxation massage can be beneficial when applied to tight muscles. Tight muscles can occur for a number of reasons such as stress, overuse and injury. Relaxation massage can stimulate blood circulation via vasodilation which can increase the temperature of tissues. Increasing the temperature of these tissues can promote relaxation which can also relieve tight muscles. The body is only as strong as the mind, so having a strong mind that is relaxed and focused is an edge in your daily life

Sports massage is now recognised by many in the training industry and I would recommend anyone who is training or exercising on a regular basis to strongly consider Sport Massage therapy as part of their exercise program.

If you’re struggling with your posture or have tension or pain in your muscles, then feel free to get in touch with us today so we can use the methods of Sports Massage to help you.

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Back massage

If your back is tired and aching massage can help. Poor posture, mental tension and injury can lead to back pain.

Book in before it gets worse and we’ll help you turn things around.

Before we begin we’ll take some details. Tell us what you’re feeling and a brief history of how it’s developed.

The first stage of the treatment covers the whole back. It gets you settled and relaxed and introduces movement to warm and soften the muscles and tissues,

In stage two we go deeper, building a picture of the areas of tension as we work in to them. Here you start to notice the effect of the massage. You’ll be more aware of the specific areas and aiming to stay relaxed through the massage.

Stage three gives specific treatments to affected areas. That might be deeper, using more pressure, stretching, trigger point release, working with connecting tendons or fascia. You’re going to feel this – in a good way!

At the end you’ll have a couple of minutes to relax before moving. There’s time to talk about what we’ve found and the next steps.

It’s great if you can take it easy afterwards. You’ll be feeling chilled out.

Please call if you would like to discuss a treatment.

Deep tissue massage

When you need something more

Deep tissue massage works with the muscles and tendons which hold posture and allow everyday movement.

Consider deep tissue massage if

  • You are having difficulty with everyday activities
  • Your shoulders are stiff from being at a computer
  • Your hips are stiff from sitting or driving
  • You have lower back pain
  • Your posture is causing you problems
  • You’ve tried stretching but it doesn’t seem to help

Our deep tissue massage is effective because:

  • We listen to what you say
  • We listen to how your body responds
  • We judge the right pressure for maximum benefit
  • We give your body the time it needs to release
  • We look at the wider picture

Deep tissue massage is directed where it is needed, most frequently in the neck, back, shoulders or legs. The aim is to reduce any pain and increase freedom and mobility. It also brings a deep sense of release – mentally and physically.

Why deep tissue massage?

Tension in muscles restricts movement and can lead to recurring aches or a sudden sharp pains if an injury occurs. Aches usually build up over a period of time due to a repeated everyday action or posture. Pain is the result of damage to the soft tissue. We work carefully around pain – finding ways to ease the tension that causes it without inflaming the problem.

Sitting at a desk, computer or laptop and driving can all put the body into a strain position which is held for a long period leaving the muscles no chance for recovery. Massage makes you feel like you are alive again.

Our approach to Deep Massage:

  • Understanding. We want to find out what’s happening in your body.
  • Pain-free massage. We believe that pain is part of the cycle of tight muscles. We want to create movement and flexibility without triggering a pain response.
  • Depth. We go deep by carefully using and maintaining the correct balance of pressure and movement.
  • Recommendations. We can help you understand the symptoms you’re experiencing and suggest the next steps.


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What simple change can improve your posture?

Our posture – the way we hold and move our bodies – depends on our activity, our habits and our emotional state – and it can change.

Posture is a recurring topic for us. People wonder if poor posture is exacerbating a problem. Sometimes we notice a pattern suggesting posture is a factor. Poor posture can cause problems, but it’s also a symptom. If we want to improve posture it helps to remember that is the result of circumstances – physical and psychological.

Unhelpful inherited values

We’ve all tried “standing up straight” only to flop back down a few moments later and give up. It’s easy to conclude there is no point trying.

There are so many things wrong with “stand (or sit) up straight” it’s hard to know where to begin. Firstly it assumes there is good and bad posture – not very helpful. Secondly the negative tone has echoes of a parent or militaristic school teacher. It makes us think that it’s our fault we have “bad” posture.

When we do try to adjust our posture we’re probably not sure what we’re doing. We have no route to progress and nothing to guide us. We didn’t decide how we would like our posture to be and how to achieve it. It’s also really hard work. We’re trying to force ourself into a shape we’ve labelled “good” posture and soon stop because it’s so much effort. When we do stop our body reverts back to the position it was in before. We call it failure and don’t want to try again.

So, let’s take a more sensible look at what forms our posture and how we can work with it.

Our posture isn’t set. Our bones are dynamic – moved by our muscles. Our spine is a series of joints, each with a range of movement. Habit and how we feel are also very important. We are generally not aware of our posture. Our unconscious mind takes care of it. Luckily for us though we can take control and with practice change the pattern.

You can change the position of your body more easily than you think. The trick is to find a position which is comfortable and looks good then you will want to adopt it. It’s then a matter of forming new habits.

It helps to look at the whole body. The angle of our pelvis, for example, is going to affect our lower spine, which in turn affects the upper body shape.

A positive attitude is important. We are moving to something better for ourselves that we have chosen.

Because it’s hard to do this on your own I have designed a practical workshop to look at your posture, see how you feel about it and how you would like it to be, make some suggestions and together come up with one or two easy things you can repeat frequently throughout the day – positive steps towards the posture you want.

Posture workshop

My posture workshop is to help you
– know where you are starting and what you are trying to achieve
– feel confident about what you are doing
– find something sustainable you can integrate into your everyday life
– find something realistically achievable that will give you results
– feel supported in the process and have something to guide you

What happens in the workshop?

We look together at your posture and talk about how you see yourself and how you would like to be. Using photography helps.

Then I help you find a new posture – something you feel good about. Again we can use photos and see how you feel when you see yourself.

You’ll get chance to try your new posture – take it for a test drive. We want to make sure it’s going to work from day 1.

Once you have found and practised your new posture, you can leave with a sense of purpose, direction, realistic expectation and the photos to remind you, inspire you and guide you. I can also check up to see how you are getting on.

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Working with pain

How massage therapy can help when you are in pain.

Pain is relevant to massage therapy in a number of ways. In this article I look at the treatment of painful conditions such as lower back pain.

I have seen how pain can impact people’s lives. Pain effects everyday activities and can be upsetting and worrying. Pain makes it hard to concentrate on other things. People suffering from pain adapt their movements and activities in an attempt to avoid it. Clients say things like, “The only position I’m comfortable in is x, y or z and that’s getting worse.” The body also adapts unconsciously by changing posture and calling on other parts of the body to take the strain.

Of course pain can be a symptom of many things and if you’re not sure, do see your doctor. If however your pain is muscular then you might find that your GP doesn’t offer much help to address its cause.
Massage works to relieve pain in a number of ways. 1. by finding and relaxing muscle tension that is causing or contributing to your pain. 2. by relaxing the whole person 3. by changing the way you perceive pain 4. by helping you understand the mechanics of the problem you are experiencing. 5. by helping you make beneficial changes in your life 6. by changing the way your body feels and the way you feel about your body.

As I therapist I need to be sensitive. I don’t want to trigger the pain – which would exacerbate the problem. I have a range of techniques so I can adapt around the sensitivity yet still be effective.

A client I saw recently had stiffness in his neck which caused pain up into his jaw and temple and behind his eye. During his massage sessions I’m working to help release his neck which is the immediate cause I’m also working around his hips and back to help his posture – and we’re discussing the influences which affect his everyday posture. It’s also a supportive environment where he can talk about his health and take time to relax.

As I work into painful areas I’m using my sense of touch and my clients reaction to judge what’s needed. As well as providing physical relaxation, I want my client to experience that part of their body in a new way; a way that can respond positively without pain. I think this is an important part of my treatment as it breaks the cycle of pain and tension.

After treatments clients report feeling looser, have increased movement and simply feeling better. Sometimes there are great steps forward in a single session, but I can’t promise.
Once a particular issue is resolved, people often opt for a regular treatment to keep them supple and head off any future problems.

If there’s anything you would like to discuss, please call me.


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Client Profile – Musician and teacher, John Diver

John came to Natural Touch when his wife bought him some vouchers. “As a guitarist I divide my working time between playing, practising and teaching which means I’m often in the same position for some length of time. Even though I’m fairly active I noticed a few years ago that my shoulder and neck began to ache and became stiff.

“I use yoga to help stretch as regularly as I can but have found that a deep massage can really help loosen up tight spots and knots that build up over time. After a massage I feel a bit looser which gives me motivation to stretch and also importantly relax. Nigel has helped me to think about my posture a lot more which helps me to manage and balance my lifestyle.”

Hear more from John at www.jd-guitar.com, www.guitar-lessons-bath.co.uk and www.guitar-skills.com or listen on YouTube.