The current role of Sports Massage as I see it, is to facilitate the alleviation of the stress and tension that can build up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity, whether the client be an office worker, a casual trainer or an athlete. This is also the belief of the Sports Massage Association or SMA, “It is applicable not just for sports people but to anybody wishing to guard against or recover from a soft tissue injury.”
Sports Massage can also be beneficial for those with remedial issues or chronic or ongoing musculoskeletal problems. Sports Massage employs some of the techniques of Swedish Massage and Deep Tissue Massage, however this massage is more tailored and focused on specific complaints. The treatment will involve a visual assessment and range of movement or ROM assessments, these will highlight postural issues and musculoskeletal imbalances. From these a treatment plan will be formulated and progress will be charted. A series of treatments will usually be recommended. Sports Massage is aimed at getting specific results and this is what separates it from any other massage.
It is well documented that many can benefit from a Sports Massage from regular exercisers to those with physical day to day stresses. It can be preventative as well as recovery focused.
The benefits are similar to a Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage but can be more bespoke and the therapist more precise. The aim of the treatment is to leave the client feeling not just relaxed or good but better. This massage can be suited to an individual that wants to push themselves physically and strives to be the best they can be.
Sports Massage is popular with athletes in London, many of who include sports massage as part of their regular training programmes. Sports Massage has tangible benefits, including positive effects of massage therapy on biochemisty, decreased levels of cortisol and increased levels of serotonin and dopamine. Looking at the athlete on a holistic level the mind and body connection is integral when aiming pushing for excellence or reaching goals.
In today’s world, Sports Massage could also play a role in the rehabilitation of those with addiction issues. Substance use is a major current health issue, according to the NHS, an estimated 2 million people in the UK are fighting an addiction. Incorporating soft tissue massage into treatment for addicts helps with the removal of chemical irritants and promotes oxygenated blood on a cellular level.
Sports Massage therapists are trained to a higher level than Massage Therapists, they have a higher level of knowledge of anatomy and physiology. They are also trained to work with injuries. Like physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths, the treatment is working with soft tissue. Sports Massage therapists are trained to use a lot of the same techniques as these healthcare professionals. The treatment is more focused on muscle strain and injury and rehabilitation plan are tailored to the individual.
Alongside the massage, Sports Massage involves a range of other techniques that help to target problem areas, particularly various types of stretches to relax muscles, address musculoskeletal imbalance, help tackle fibrotic tissues and improve posture.
Liverpool Street is the nearest station, however I’m about half a mile away from Shoreditch High St, Moorgate, Fenchurch and Cannon Street Stations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Bishopgate, cross over to the right hand side, past Dirty Dicks pub, next right on to Middlesex Street. I’m opposite Nando’s.