Sports Massage

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About me:

 

My interest in sports, exercise and rehabilitation began from an early age and continued throughout an entire career in elite level gymnastics. After experiencing injury and making a full recovery I then decided to pursue a career helping to rehabilitate others of all ages and abilities. I moved to Manchester in 2015 to begin a Physiotherapy degree and have since also completed a level 3 ITEC sports massage qualification to extend my scope of practice and allow me to maintain and rehabilitate individuals, with or without injury, wishing to participate in sport.     

 

Since moving to Manchester I began sport climbing and bouldering and have recently returned from a summer away climbing in spectacular locations such as; Fontainebleau, Chamonix, Croatia and Slovenia. This has given me a wider understanding of the physical demands of climbing as well as common injuries associated with the sport. Massage can be an effective remedy, allowing you to remain fit to participate in sport and go about your ordinary day more comfortably.

 

-Luke, Kinetic Motion

 

 

What is sports massage?

 

Sports massage is a form of bodywork designed to target soft tissues such as skin, fascia, muscle, and connective tissue and release tension. Tissues may become compromised or restricted due to chronic stress, overuse, injury, surgery, hormonal changes, posture or other underlying conditions and can benefit from the effects of sports massage.

 

This 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). Tissue Massage is an excellent way to decompress and relieve stress.

 

Techniques Used

 

Deep Tissue Massage

Soft Tissue Release

Trigger Point Therapy

Muscular Energy Techniques

Compression

Stretching

 

What are the benefits of Therapeutic Massage?

 

  • Releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller
  • Increases circulation, allowing better recovery for tissues
  • Improves joint flexibility and tissue elasticity
  • Reduces post-surgery adhesions and scar tissue
  • Improves range of motion
  • Reduces stress and tension
  • Improves posture
  • Reduces muscle spasms and cramping

 

 

Precautions

 

There are various things to watch out for before you have a sports massage. It is not recommended if you have:

 

  • A fever or any infection or illness
  • Any open wounds, recent bruising, muscle tears, sprained ligaments, contusions, chilblains or burns
  • Any serious medical condition or illness
  • A skin infection

 

Speak to your therapist before if you have any concerns

 

Qualifications:

 

Level 3 ITEC Sports Massage