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Sports Massage

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What is Sports Massage Therapy?

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Sports Massage is a treatment not just for the sports person. Anyone can benefit from it, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious (occupational, emotional and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries).

The prime purpose of Sports Massage Therapy is to help alleviate (quickly and effectively) the stress, sports injuries, restricted movements, postural problems and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during short or long-lasting physical activity.

Sports Massage is based on the various elements of Swedish massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response techniques similar to Acupressure and Shiatsu.

Sports Massage usually focuses on specific areas. It tends to be deeper and more intense than traditional massage, and may cause some soreness during or right after the treatment. However, within a day or two clients feel better than ever.

What happens during Sports Massage?

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*On the first visit we go through number of questions concerning general well-being, injuries and medical conditions that I should know about, in order to determine if there are any contra-indications (physical conditions that would prohibit or limit a massage treatment).

At the begining we have a chat/update on any changes/improvements in your health.

When you’re ready, you get undressed and lie down, covered with towels, on a massage table. During the session your whole body, apart from treated parts, is covered.

As the environment is an important aspect, I tend to use low-level lighting, soft music and scented candles, to increase your relaxation. The treatment is done with a use of oil which nourish the skin and allow a free-flowing movement.

As this is a deep tissue work there is some discomfort involved. Most of the time I sense your body’s responses and keep asking about the strength of my touch, however, you should always feel free to ask me to modify the treatment if the physical sensations are too strong for you.

After I’ve worked on your problem area, I use massage techniques helping your body to ‘recover’ after a deep work.

Then, you get yourself up and dressed.

At the end of a session we have a talk about the treatment.

There is always after care advice given.

A typical Sports Massage session lasts for about one hour. I usually spend half of the time (or more depending on a problem) working with a specific issue. The rest of the time is given to surrounding parts that need relaxation as well.

What is massage good for?

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The list of benefits of massage is endless. In general, massage is believed to:

  • support healing,
  • boost energy,
  • reduce recovery time after an injury,
  • reduce pain by the release of endorphins (endorphins are also known to elevate the mood),
  • increase sebum production, helping to improve the skin’s suppleness and resistance to infection,
  • increase joint mobility,
  • restore range of motion to stiff joints,
  • ease emotional trauma through relaxation,
  • enhance relaxation, mood, and well-being,
  • ease many musculoskeletal problems, such as low back pain, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and sprains and strains,
  • relieve depression in people with chronic fatigue syndrome,
  • ease chronic constipation (when the technique is performed in the abdominal area),
  • decrease swelling after a mastectomy (removal of the breast),
  • increase blood circulation which brings more oxygen and nutrients into the muscle,
  • alleviate sleep disorders,
  • decrease the heart rate due to relaxation,
  • melt away stress and enhance mental alertness,
  • have immediate beneficial effects on pain and mood among patients with advanced cancer,
  • reduce oedema (excess fluid in the tissue),
  • help to strengthen the immune system,
  • promote positive body awareness and an improved body image through relaxation,
  • support development of premature babies (gain weight faster than babies who do not receive this type of therapy),
  • improve sleep,
  • improve infants’ body awareness,
  • regulate infants’ digestion,

Clinical studies also show that massage may be an effective treatment for young children and adolescents with a wide range of health problems, including:

Autistic children, who usually don't like being touched, show less autistic behavior and are more social and attentive after receiving massage therapy from their parents.

Atopic dermatitis/eczema:
Children with this scaly, itchy skin problem seem to experience less redness, scaling, and other symptoms if receiving massage between flares. Massage should not be used when this skin condition is actively inflamed.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD):
Massage may improve mood in children with ADHD and help them feel less fidgety and hyperactive.

Studies show that adolescents with this eating disorder feel less depressed and anxious after receiving massage therapy.

Cystic fibrosis:
Massage may reduce anxiety and improve respiration in children with this lung condition.

Massage may help regulate blood sugar levels and reduce anxiety and depression in children with diabetes.

Rheumatoid arthritis:
Children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) have been shown to experience less pain, morning stiffness, and anxiety as a result of massage therapy.

Should anyone avoid massage?

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People with these conditions should avoid massage:

  • Heart failure.
  • Kidney failure.
  • Infection of the superficial veins (called phlebitis) or soft tissue (called cellulitis) in the legs or elsewhere.
  • Blood clots in the legs.
  • Bleeding disorders.
  • Contagious skin conditions.

Women should be very cautious about receiving massages during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, be sure to find a therapist specifically trained to perform massages on pregnant women.

Even though massage is a useful technique to help regulate blood sugar over time, if you have diabetes you should check your blood sugar after receiving a massage because it may be too low. Plus, if you have diabetes and you are receiving massage on a regular basis, you should check your blood sugar frequently to evaluate changes over time.

If you have cancer, check with your doctor before considering massage because massage can damage tissue that is fragile from chemotherapy or radiation treatments. People with rheumatoid arthritis, goiter (a thyroid disorder characterized by an enlarged thyroid), eczema and other skin lesions should not receive massage therapy during flare-ups. Experts also advise that people with osteoporosis, high fever, few platelets or white blood cells and mental impairment, as well as those recovering from surgery, should avoid massage. Check with your doctor.

Tell your massage therapist about any medications you are taking, as massage may influence absorption or activity of both oral and topical medications.

Cancellation policy:
24 hours notice is required otherwise the full fee will be charged.

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GoBeyondIllusion Paula Linkiewicz
My name is Paula Linkiewicz.
I’ve been a practitioner of complementary therapies since 1999.