1. What is Sports and Remedial Massage?
This is massage therapy that uses advanced testing methods and conventional treatment techniques to treat symptoms as well as address their causes
2. How is sports massage different from holistic or Swedish massage?
While Swedish or Holistic massage focuses on relaxation, it does not go a long way towards treating injury, chronic pain or in some cases use the techniques to provide the deeper treatment necessary for the physically active – hence ‘sports massage’
3. Do you provide Holistic or Swedish massage as well?
Yes absolutely – 1) if that is what a client wants and 2) if I think that’s what a client needs. In case of injury, overtraining or fatigue, a gentle massage can be more beneficial as it promotes rest, relaxation and aids healing without adding to further breakdown of fibre or inflammation
4. Can i get a massage while pregnant?
Yes – both relaxation and remedial, after the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. While massage is completely safe even then, problems in pregnancy such as miscarriage are unfortunately more likely to occur within those first 12 weeks. Therapists therefore are taught to remove themselves from the equation in these unfortunate circumstances.
5. What does a sports massage session involve?
It depends on individual circumstances. In my clinic, at a first session a client fills out a consultation form of their lifestyle habits and medical history. Where necessary, there will be biomechanical and neural tests to establish the underlying causes of discomfort. This can take anywhere between 5 and 15 minutes. Treatment can be a combination of massage, manipulation, stretching or other sports therapy interventions. At the end of the session, I retest to gauge how a client has responded to treatment. I then give home care advice as and where necessary. This is all done within the amount of time a client has booked, which begins when you come into the treatment room and ends when you leave. That includes undressing at the beginning of a session and dressing at the end.
6. What do I wear to a massage session?
Most people are comfortable in their underwear. There is ample towelling all the way through to cover the client’s modesty. If you’re not comfortable in your underwear, a pair of loose shorts will suffice. And if that still doesn’t do, you can wear non-slippery loose clothing that the therapist can work through. This may mean oil cannot be used but there are a lot of massage techniques that do not require use of oil. Being able to relax and be receptive to treatment is important, therefore a client’s comfort in their surrounding and trust in their therapist is paramount.
7. Am I eligible for treatment?
Most people are but please click here for a list of conditions that may preclude you from treatment. Most conditions such as early pregnancy (first trimester) and infections such as colds and flu are temporary. Some conditions may require modifications in techniques that can be used and how they may be used. Always declare any pre-existing conditions to your therapist at the time of making an appointment as they will know what to do. It may save you a trip.
8. How long is a massage therapy session?
Again, this differs in individual cases depending on a client’s history, the type of treatment you want and what the therapist thinks is necessary. An average of 60-90mins is quite common. Sessions can last up to 2 or even 3 hours. This is however a client’s choice. A therapist can only make a recommendation. Where a session of more than an hour is recommended, always ask for an explanation of the treatment process/plan and why it’s necessary. This in turn will help you make an informed decision as to whether a longer than standard session is in your interest.
9. How many treatments do i need?
Again, this is very individual. It depends on your reason for seeking out a massage treatment to begin with. Where there are no injuries or long standing issues, a single session may suffice. Some injuries can also be resolved in a one or two sessions. Chronic pain and recurring injuries are more likely to require mid to long term intervention. A therapist is better able to make an informed recommendation after an initial session.
10. Do you provide aftercare advice?
Yes where necessary – to facilitate stretching or strengthening and restore balance in soft tissue
11. What are your qualifications?
I currently hold a BTEC Level 5 qualification in Sport and Remedial Massage therapy. This is the highest qualification possible for a sports massage therapist in this country. I am a member of the Sports Therapy Organisation (STO), Sports Massage Association (SMA) and Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), which are all nationally recognised as voluntary regulators of complementary therapists and can verify my qualifications.