Sports and Remedial Massage / Soft Tissue Therapy
Sports and Remedial Massage
Sports and Remedial Massage, sometimes now referred to as Soft Tissue Therapy in the higher qualifications, initially evolved out of a need for deep tissue more treatment orientated massage as distinct from more pampering massages. It was initially for sports people, dancers and very active people who wanted to get massage support for their activities including to prevent or treat injury. It is though equally relevant for anyone less active suffering with pain or discomfort due to repetitive postural patterns or stress, both of which can cause muscular tension, pain or stiffness.
I can offer a traditional deep tissue/sports massage but after studying this approach I now mostly integrate it into my Thai massage rather than offering it by itself, as many techniques are the same. Personally I find Thai massage combined with techniques from soft tissue therapy the most effective. More information on Thai massage here .
Techniques and approach.
Sports/Remedial Massage uses a range of techniques including :
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Neuromuscular Techniques
- Muscle Energy Techniques
- Soft Tissue Release
- Positional Release Technique
- Myofascial Techniques
Despite the rather sciencey and technical descriptions of Sports/Remedial massage and Soft Tissue Therapy , it is a holistic treatment form and the beneficial effects of these techniques and massage in general come from the overall approach of the therapist as much as the individual component parts.
Booking in and Costs
I practice in Totnes and am available most days from 8 am to 8 pm and some Saturday mornings. To book and/or to discuss your needs in advance please either e mail or text or call 07915 650106.
See Thai massage page here .
If there's a need to cancel an appointment please give minimum 24 hours notice or you will need to pay for the appointment.
What happens at your first treatment ?
When you arrive we'll discuss your relevant medical history and your reasons for coming for massage. Please allow an extra 15 minutes for the first session.
Treatment will generally be on a futon mattress with supports as that is my preferred mode after 20 years practicing Thai massage . But if you would prefer to be on a table I'm comfortable working on that too . I will lend you appropriate clothing for the massage and/or provide blankets or towels to cover areas we're not working on.
Further General Information and FAQ’S
Sports and Remedial Massage AND BODY PAIN CONDITIONS
Some body pain can be resolved in one or two sessions of Sports massage, however some pain issues that have been building up for a longer time due to physical imbalance or chronic tension will take longer to resolve. In these cases three to six treatments fairly close together can make a significant difference. Some problems can be resolved, and some managed, depending on the severity of their nature and how long they have been present.
IS SPORTS MASSAGE PAINFUL ?
Not in a unpleasant way. Deep tissue massage techniques on tight areas where muscles/tissue maybe stuck together can feel like a good, relieving 'pain' , but it should still have a relaxing and relieving element to it. I would always ask permission before any deeper work. It's always a balance , but for many people deeper pressure massage is ultimately more relaxing and effective than something that is too light.
DO I NEED TO TAKE MY CLOTHES OFF FOR SPORTS MASSAGE ?
Much of the work is directly on skin using a beeswax lubricant . But many techniques are equally or more effective through light clothes. As I've practiced Thai massage for a long time I'm very used to working both on skin and through clothes . I will lend you a light t shirt and shorts or pants ( depending what we're doing ) and lift them to work directly on skin or work through them for techniques that are more effective that way.
SPORTS MASSAGE, NATURAL HEALTH AND MODERN MEDICINE
Sports massage is holistic in approach and aims to support and enhance the natural healing and self-rejuvenating capacities of body and mind. Much illness, disease and body pain is caused by the effects of stress and/or postural, lifestyle and occupational issues on our minds and bodies. Sports Massage is an excellent way to relieve these tensions and strains. If you have an illness, disease or problem being treated by a doctor, on the whole there should be no containdication to receive Sports Massage at the same time - the two should be mutually supportive. In general though if you are being treated by a doctor, it's a good idea to get their advice/permission regarding the suitability of massage for your condition.
WHEN IS IT TIME TO GO TO THE DOCTOR OR ANOTHER HEALTH PROFESSIONAL?
If you are in acute or unusual pain, Sports massage may not the place to start and a visit to your doctor maybe more appropriate to get a more in depth diagnosis. That said I have helped people in acute body pain and massage can be helpful to calm down muscle spasm and associated tension. If in doubt feel free to call 07915 650106 or e mail.
If you have any further questions or to book please e mail or call 07915 650106
Benefits of Sports/Remedial Massage.
The techniques are all designed to improve the condition and function of muscles, tendons, joints and fascia.
In addition remedial and movement awareness exercises are a useful extension of treatment to help promote healthy movement patterns overall and reduce the risk of problems reoccuring.
In this way it can help:
- To prevent injury threatening conditions building up by addressing imbalanced, overworked or heavily used areas of the body.
- Relieve/prevent back, neck, shoulder, hip, leg arm pain/issues.
- Promote recovery after periods of activity.
- Enhance circulation.
- Support the healing process after muscular/soft tissue injury.
- As general maintainence to keep us functioning at the best level possible.
- Address the general aches and pains of life.
- Release stress related patterns of tension in the body.
- Release negative postural patterns.
- Sooth degenerative conditons of the nervous system.
Qualifications and Insurance .