What is Sports Massage?
Sports massage is a form of deep tissue massage, designed to loosen tight muscles, lengthen short muscles, improve recovery after exercise, and correct postural imbalances.
Sports massage should play an important part in the life of any sportsman or woman, whether they are injured or not, and it can be just as beneficial for non-athletes. Massage has a number of benefits - physical, physiological and psychological.
Treatment by a Sports Therapist can help maintain the body generally in a better condition, reduce incidence of injuries, improve mobility, treat and restore mobility to injured muscle tissue, boost performance and extend the overall life of your sporting career.
Sports massage is reported to have many beneficial effects in athletes. It can be used pre-performance, post-performance, during training or for rehabilitation. Athletes of all levels may benefit from sports massage. If you are looking for a way to improve your athletic performance, then sports massage may be for you.
Physical effects of Sports Massage
Increased range of joint motion
Increased tissue elasticity
Increased tissue permeability
Increased elimination of exercise waste products (lactic acid)
Decreased muscle tension
Decreased chance of injury
Decreased recovery time
Decreased muscle spasms
Decreased neurological excitability (nerves more relaxed)
Break down of scar tissue
Physiological effects of Sports Massage
Reduction in anxiety
Increased sense of wellbeing
What will the treatment involve?
You will be asked about your medical history and any existing problems that require specific attention. You will then be treated lying both face up and face down on a treatment couch.
Paula qualified with a Diploma in Sports Therapy in 2002. She has a wealth of experience in sport, having represented Scotland at a national level at various swimming events.
Paula has previously been involved in Sports Development programmes as a sports development officer for Dumfries & Galloway Community Wardens Scheme. She has been practicing Muay Thai (martial art from Thailand) since 1998.
Full hour massage - £40
Half hour massage - £25