A few years ago, I found myself unexpectedly changing both my personal and career life, which was both mentally and physically stressful and left me feeling knotted up and in pain. This led me to seek the help of an osteopath (Lily) which not only eased the problems but rekindled a long-forgotten connection with healing and in turn sent me down a new path into the wonderful world of clinical massage. The human body is an amazing thing, and as I studied for my Level 3 diploma in Sports Massage, I quickly became engrossed in learning how each system of the body interacts with the next. This knowledge has allowed me to understand how, many aspects of modern life can leave us struggling with all manner of physical ailments that, if left untreated, can become increasingly hard to live with and even debilitating. My journey continues daily through education, as I study for my level 4, and through my interactions with clients as I help them to physically feel better and make changes in their lives that will reduce the continuation of their specific problems.
Sports massage is a deep form of soft tissue mobilisation which can be applied in a sporting and non-sporting context. It involves a wide range of techniques and is used for general relaxation of the muscular skeletal system as well as being directed towards any problem areas. Sports massage helps relieve muscular tension, break down adhesion's, mobilise soft tissues and reduce pain.
Although the name implies a sporting clientele, it is a massage treatment appropriate to all. Sports massages are not limited to athletes! It is an appropriate massage treatment for anyone who needs a remedial or soft tissue mobilisation. The remedial effects of sports massage are beneficial post-surgery, alongside physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, or as a health benefit within an office environment. Within a sporting context, people who participate in sport can use a sports massage as a regular part of their training programme. Sports massage is also effective as a performance enhancement.