Heal – Massage Therapy

Sports or deep tissue massage is ideal to treat injuries as well as a preventative treatment dealing with the health of muscle and connective tissue, range of movement, tone, symmetry, balance of muscle and quality of posture.

Sports massage is a type of massage therapy that has been specifically developed for sports performance and works on the damaged soft tissue encouraging the blood flow and nutrients supply into the affected area to help in the healing process. However, the treatment is not just for the sports person: anyone can benefit from sports massage, 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).

It 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. These techniques are applied at a much deeper level into the tissues in order to stimulate the muscular and nervous systems, increasing flexibility and range of movement.

As this type of treatment works at a deeper level it can sometimes be a little uncomfortable, however it shouldn’t be painful and your masseur will continually ask you if the treatment is too deep or perhaps not deep enough in order to ensure that you are getting the most from your appointment.

The therapist brings together this blend of techniques, knowledge and advice during treatment, to work effectively with the client to bring about optimum performance and to provide injury-free training and minimise post event injuries.

Your therapist can adapt the application of the sports massage to your specific needs whether you are preparing for an event or need assistance with recovery post-event.

Cupping is an ancient form of Chinese Medicine in which local suction is created on the skin layer using glass cups, lifting blood into the superficial tissues of the skin.

The treatment has grown in popularity over the past few years as it continues to become a technique used to treat professional athletes and sports people.

Sometimes cupping is described as the inverse of massage. Rather than applying pressure to muscles, the suction uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upward.

A rush of blood to an injury site is the first natural healing process that the body initiates when an injury occurs. So when blood is brought into an area of injury, discomfort or tension, it helps the body recognise the healing that needs to occur.

Chinese Medicine believes that where there is a pain or injury, that there is stagnation of the blood, making blood flow less efficient. Along with massage and acupuncture, cupping is another treatment to allow injury sites to heal and release muscular tension, as well as for detox purposes.

Cupping can be used as a lone treatment but works very well when combined with massage and/or acupuncture. It is particularly effective in encouraging muscle strain recovery, relieving headaches and migraines, muscular spasm and knots as well as calming nerve pain and blood circulation conditions.

Cupping treatments are not painful and your therapist will work with you to make sure you remain comfortable during your session.

You will usually feel a tight sensation around the area of the cup. Often this sensation is relaxing and soothing. Depending on your comfort and your practitioner’s assessment of the problem, cups may be moved around or left in place. They may remain on your body briefly or for longer amounts of time. One very common area to be cupped is the back, although cups work well on other areas too, particularly on fleshy sections of the body.

Depending on the specific treatment, skin markings can be very common after the cups are removed. These may vary from simple red rings that disappear relatively quickly, to dis-colourisation similar to light bruising, especially common if dragging the cups whilst in contact from one place to another to break down muscle fibre.