A brief description of some of the massage techniques I may use during your treatment.
Sports and Remedial Massage is one of the most effective ways to prevent and treat muscle injuries, pain and soreness and is based on the fact that soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) respond to touch. Most often it is a targeted massage treatment working on a specific area to remedy a soft tissue problem. Treatment is thorough and precise and may involve specific assessment techniques to prioritise the focus of your treatment.
Sports and Remedial Massage is always adapted for you, as you progress through different stages of your training.
General Maintenance massage is aimed at maintaining flexibility and focusing on vulnerable areas to reduce risk of injury.
Pre-event massage helps increase circulation and reduce muscle tension.
Post-event massage helps to reduce any metabolic waste build up which can occur with intense exercise.
Targeted at muscles and tendons, assisted stretches can help you to retain flexibility and reduce restrictions in movement. Stretching is also an important rehabilitation tool and I often use METs (Muscle Energy Techniques) which uses your own muscle contractions to relax muscles and improve pain.
IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation) may also be incorporated into your treatment. These are simply stainless steel tools as an extension of my own hands which stimulates the muscles, tendon and ligaments following the same principles as massage therapy to improve quality and quantity of movement.
Mobilisations may also be included in your treatment, where appropriate, and this involves moving joints to relieve pressure and lubricate the joint capsule, resulting in freer movement. (I am NOT realigning or adjusting, simply creating a bit more movement!)