Welcome to Southport Sports Massage Clinic
Sports Massage at our Southport Sports Massage Clinic
Sports Massage Therapy is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, tendons and ligaments. The techniques used by sports massage practitioners at our Southport Massage Clinic have been developed to ensure effective and efficient results are gained from each massage given.
The purpose of the sports massage is to alleviate stress, prepare an athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.
Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Sports massage can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an athlete or a weekend warrior.
Understand the Different Types of Massage:
Swedish Massage Therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage.
As the best known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood flow returning to the heart. But Swedish Massage therapy in Southport goes beyond relaxation.
Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Additional Swedish Massage techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching.
Before and during your Swedish massage session, communication is encourage with your professional massage therapist so that your massage is customised to your specific needs.
Best For: Relaxation / Stress Relief
Sports massage is a combination of Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Trigger Point Therapy using a variety of pressure and strokes, often deeper, more intense and focused than in conventional massage.
Sports Injuries / Tennis Elbow / Golfers Elbow / Achilles Tendinitis / Plantar Fasciitis / Ligament, Tendon and Muscle Sprain/Strain Injuries / Frozen Shoulder
This is not the kind of massage to ask for if you expect to feel relaxed during the therapy, and afterwards you might feel sore for a couple of days.
5 Things to Consider When Booking a Massage
- What type of massage do you want?
Before booking, consider what the of massage you want. Is it for relaxation, muscle pain or a specific injury. The therapist will tailor the experience for you and your specific needs. You should communicate throughout your massage whether its enough or too much pressure, intensity levels, and discomfort. It is quite likely that the therapist will transition between the different types of massage following your feedback.
2. Don’t expect a spa session
The massages that target muscle pain and specific conditions are not designed to relax and pamper you. Its purpose is to help recovery, healing and prevent future injuries. There will likely be some discomfort but no more than 7 out of 10 on the pain scale, and can always be tailored to your specific levels of tolerance.
3. Soreness Is Normal
Soreness is normal and can even help reveal areas of weakness that should receive future attention. Within 48 hours, the tightness and discomfort should dissipate, and you will feel like you’re in a new body.
4. Pre or Post Competition
Completely new to massage? Book your first appointment either well before a competition—at least a few weeks out—or wait until the day after. You shouldn’t experiment with pre-competition bodywork if you are not used to it. It is likely that you will experience post treatment soreness which could in fact impact your performance if left too close to your competition. Those who are familiar with massage can benefit from a pre-race rubdown in the seven to two-day window prior to an event. Getting treatment less than 48-hours prior puts all competitors —even those who are massage veterans—at risk of competition day soreness.
5. Consider adding a massage to your regular schedule.
A regular appointment with a sports massage therapist is a great idea to combat the accumulation of stress and tension, especially if you’re always pushing your body physically. How long you should go between treatments depends on your lifestyle but initially it is recommended to have a massage on a weekly basis until you reach a satisfactory level before spreading the sessions out. Have an initial consultation with a qualified sports therapist if you’re unsure of your needs, But don’t leave it too long between massages, otherwise progress will be very slow.
Initial Consultation and Massage (1hr)
1 Hr Massage (2 or more areas)
1/2 hr Massage ( 1 area)