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 for Sports Massage 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.
About the Practitioner
Rachael qualified with an HND in Beauty Therapy in 2000 from Dumfries & Galloway College and then went on to qualify and gain her Teaching qualification in Further Eduction from Dundee University in 2013. Having a passion for Complementary/Holistic therapies she has continued her learning and CPD over the years by completing many more courses including Bowen Technique, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Sports/Remedial Massage, Indian Head Massage, Thermo Auricular Therapy and a variety of other massage techniques. After 3 years working in the Beauty industry Rachael was offered a post as a lecturer in the Beauty/Lifestyle and Anatomy and Physiology subjects to Beauty and Complementary Therapists. Her passion outside of work is horses and Rachael has ridden and competed horses from a young age. This has taken her to ride at National level in endurance riding and she has ridden and trained her own horses completing long distance events of up to 100 miles in a day and winning the Scottish Championships back in 2003. The physical demand on horses at this level led Rachael to study and eventually qualify as a practitioner in the modality of Equine Touch which is a Fascial Release technique similar to Bowen Technique. This she felt was her way of giving something back to her hardworking horses and she was able to take on the "physio" side of her horses care herself.
Full hour massage £45
BNS 30 mins £25