Sports Therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability. It utilises the principles of sport and exercise science incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition and where applicable, work.
Sports massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity. Soft tissue is connective tissue that has not hardened into bone and cartilage; it includes skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia (a form of connective tissue that lines and ensheathes the other soft tissues). Sports massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma. The application of sports massage, prior to and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury.
Exercise rehabilitation is a set of exercises personally prescribed to you, dependent on the needs of your condition and findings from your functional assessment. It aims to return full function following injury through re-building muscle strength, address muscular imbalance, endurance, power and improve overall flexibility and mobility. Exercises range from active movement to strengthening exercises and may incorporate body weighted exercises, and the use of equipment, such as; TheraBand’s and free weights.
Hot Stone Massage
A hot stone massage is a specialist massage that is used to increase lymphatic flow and encourages your body to diminish waste products. This style of massage helps you to relax and eases any tension in your muscles, it also has many other benefits; including, pain relief, alleviating depression, promoting sleeping and improving circulation. During a hot stone massage, smooth, flat, heated stones are positioned on specific parts of your body and the therapist will also use the stone and will incorporate some hands-on massage techniques to prepare your muscles. The stones are usually made of basalt, a type of volcanic rock that retains heat. According to the University of New Hampshire Health Services, hot massage stones are heated to between 130 and 145 degrees.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a rejuvenating massage technique typically used to alleviate aches and pains from exercise or musculoskeletal issues. Deep tissue massage benefits are wide ranging but include bringing relief from muscle tightness, a sense of wellbeing and relaxation, increased circulations and reduced inflammation. Deep tissue massage is a type of massage technique which uses deep pressure. Combining slow strokes and notable finger pressure, the purpose is to release the tension and tightness held deeply in your muscles and your connective tissues.
A pregnancy massage, carried out by our expert practitioners, can be nothing short of a godsend during pregnancy. Prenatal massages are adapted for the anatomical changes you go through during pregnancy. Our therapists will use gentle, relaxing strokes to help soothe aches and pains and improve your mood and circulation. As your shape and posture changes, we will make accommodations with the support of pillows and cushions whilst you lie on your side . Prenatal massages are generally considered safe after the first trimester, as long as you get the green light from your practitioner. You’ll want to avoid massage during the first three months of pregnancy as it may trigger dizziness and add to morning sickness.