Sports Massage Therapy
Sports massage is a combination of massage techniques and stretches targeted to relieve pain and discomfort caused by sporting activities.
It helps in preventing injuries to muscles, tendons and ligaments, both pre and post activity. This style of massage will benefit anyone who is physically active and seeking to have their body perform at its highest level.
A sports massage focuses on muscles relevant to the event. For athletes who train continuously, the goal is to enhance endurance, lessen the chance of injury and shorten the time needed to recover from an event.
The therapist may utilize a variety of techniques such as classical Swedish Massage, trigger point therapy, Deep tissue, Stretches, Emmett technique, Reflexology and many other modalities. Following an athletic event, massage may be used to relieve pain, prevent stiffness, and return the muscles back to their normal state. This style of massge may also be used for injury rehabilitation.
Many athletes have been known to achieve their personal best after receiving a treatment, due to the extra availability of blood and oxygen to their relaxed muscles. A great sense of wellbeing can be achieved through receiving the different styles of massage techniques, which will improve the mental state and thus performance of the athlete, since everything first happens from the mind.
Here’s what Paula had to say about AHF massage:
Two years ago I severely injured my right psoas major and iliacus in a cycling incident.
After several months of intense physio work the muscles had healed but remained very prone to re-injury. After several cycles of re-injury and repeat physio, the next step seemed to be strengthening the specific muscles and a general whole-of-body strengthening program to support them.
Adam took a three-pronged approach:
- Remedial: providing general and targeted massage, using the Emmett technique, applying light pressure to specific receptors to release muscle tension
- Mental: The pain associated with the initial injury was extreme. The memory of the pain, and the fear of its return when I re-injured these muscles, was preventing me from pushing beyond what I thought was ‘safe’. In one 15-minute session, Adam used a Neuro-Linguistic Programming technique to help me re-write the memory of the pain associated with the event. The effect was immediate; initially, although I still recalled the event from time to time I no longer felt the fear. After about two weeks, I no longer recalled the event; I had stopped thinking about it altogether. This one session was the key to progressing physically.
- Progressive: A focused program of strengthening the injured muscles plus gently increasing, strengthening program to ensure a supporting, whole-of-body balanceIn addition to the work specifically aimed at my injury, the full body work-out has also resulted in a major improvement in muscular strength which had plummeted post-menopause and includes substantial improvement in balance and poise.
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