An Introduction to Sports Massage London
By Lubna Sheikh on 24th June 2017
The physical demand from athletes and many very active people is tremendous during training and while competing in their respective sports. Injuries are common and muscle strain and pain is an everyday occurrence for them. In order to help these athletes perform better and recover from injury, many turn to sports massage.
Lubna, from Bodywork Massage, offers this type of therapeutic massage to female athletes, executives and active women from her private location in Central London.
What is Sports Massage?
A sports massage involves a technique focused on treating stressed or injured deep tissue muscles. It “unties” knotted muscles and increases mobility for physically-active people. It is also beneficial for non-athletes who constantly undergo intensive exercise routines and those with injuries or are undergoing physical therapy. A sports massage uses mechanical pressure applied to soft tissues which stimulate blood circulation and increases the oxidation of muscles.
When muscles are properly supplied with blood and oxygen, flexibility and mobility are increased. In general, all types of massage techniques lower the heart rate, blood pressure, and Cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone that increases heart rate and heightens stress levels. Low levels of these functions mean increased feelings of relaxation and positive mood.
These very same physiological and psychological benefits from a sports massage greatly help athletes’ performance.
The relationship between sports massages and healing injuries has not been studied thoroughly and many speculate that it confers no benefits for injured muscles. That said, many observations have been made to safely conclude that post-exercise massages do reduce the after-effects of a strenuous work-out like muscle soreness and fatigue. Knowing that you won’t feel as much muscle pain is better than feeling the full-blown misery of an aching body.
How does Sports Massage differ from Deep Tissue Massage?
It should be noted that a sports massage is not the same as a deep tissue massage. Deep tissue massage focuses on releasing toxins from muscles brought about by posture problems, repetitive tasks, and physical stress. It applies slower strokes compared to the more rapid massage action in a sports massage. This technique also helps eliminate scar tissues from muscles and so it is normal to feel a little soreness for a few days after undergoing deep tissue massage treatment.
Sports massages and deep tissue massages are easily available in clinics all over London but, it is important that you go to a trained and certified massage therapist to get this treatment since it involves more delicate deep tissues. You need to feel comfortable with your massage therapist and Lubna works hard to understand your problems before undertaking any treatment.
Where to find Sports Massage in London
Liverpool Street is the nearest station, however, I’m about half a mile away from Shoreditch High St, Moorgate, Fenchurch and Cannon Street Stations.
Liverpool Street Train Station, City Of London EC2M 7PY
A few minutes walk from Liverpool Street Station, Bishopsgate Exit, cross the road at the traffic lights, you’ll see a Tesco’s on the other side of the road, turn left, past Boots and the next right, Middlesex Street, I’m on the right, opposite Nando’s.
Shoreditch High Street Train Station, Hackney E1 6GJ
15 minutes walk. Come out of the station, take a left on Bishopsgate, walk down until you see the Wooden Shades pub, lake a left, crossing the road onto Middlesex Street, I’m opposite Nando’s.
Moorgate Train Station, City Of London EC2Y 9AE
12 minutes walk, come out of the station, take a left onto Moorfields, then a right on to South Place, turning Eldon Street until you see Itsu, the road bends to the right, take a left on to Liverpool Street.
Fenchurch Street Train Station, City Of London EC3 4AJ
12 minutes walk, come out of the station, take a left on to Fenchurch Street, then at the junction take a right on to Bishopsgate, walk along on the right-hand side until you see Dirty Dicks pub and take another right onto Middlesex Street, I’m opposite Nando’s.
Cannon Street Train Station, City Of London EC4N 6AP
17 minutes walk, come out of the station, take a right on to Walbrook, walk past Bank tube station, carry on until Threadneedle Street, then on to Bishopsgate, cross over to the right-hand side, past Dirty Dicks pub, next right on to Middlesex Street. I’m opposite Nando’s.
About the author of this article
My name is Lubna and I am a Holistic Food Coach, Natural Chef, Massage Specialist & Yoga teacher. I am passionate about your health and well-being. Now, health and well-being is my life! I practice yoga every morning. I attend and support my community fitness centre and I have recently learned how to swim.