What is it?
Sports massage is a technique that is specifically tailored to sporting injuries and also of the particular demands placed upon the body by the client and their specific sport.
Sports massage is done with the principal mandate of returning you to your desired sports activity with the same or an even better level of function. Sports massages can include more aggressive techniques that approach muscles more deeply.
Sports massage will often utilise a variety of modalities such as remedial massage, trigger point therapy, cross fibre techniques and deep tissue work. Primarily, the difference lies with function. This technique returns you to your chosen activity and optimal function.
How Does a Sports Massage Differ to Regular Massage?
Regular massage is often associated with treatments offered at beauty spas or relaxation clinics. Both environments offer valid treatment for overworked, stressed muscles. However, sports massage and remedial massage differ in both its purpose and the techniques used. While nearly all massage therapists can perform regular massage, only those with specific sports massage skills are adequately equipped to perform a sublime sports massage.
Most elite athletes get at least one massage per week. For most amateur athletes who still take their sport and training seriously or regular gym-goers, once a week to once a fortnight is recommended. For most people who do regular light exercise once every two to four weeks is usually sufficient.
Sports taping is the process of applying tape directly to the skin in order to maintain a stable position of bones and muscles during physical activity or at the work desk. It is a procedure that uses tape, attached to the skin, to physically keep in place muscles or bones at a certain position. This reduces pain and aids recovery. Please note that sports training does not re-train our muscles to stabilise us in the correct position, it only increases our external awareness to be in a joint neutral position.