Sports and Deep tissue Massage
The prime purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where problems occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, it can help prevent those niggling pains that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether one is an athlete, ardent keep-fitter or a once a week jogger.
This treatment is not just for the sports person: anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those who are suffering with occupational, emotional and postural stress.
Sports massage tends to be deeper and more intense. It is based on the various elements of Swedish massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response techniques similar to Acupressure and Shiatsu. The skilled therapist brings together this blend of techniques, knowledge and advice during treatment, to work effectively with the client to bring about optimum performance and to provide injury-free training and minimise post event injuries.
Benefits and Effects
There are three areas where sports massage is used to benefit athletes.
Maintenance Massage: A regular massage treatment programme based on the therapist’s understanding of anatomy and of the muscles used in a given sport and which are likely candidates for trouble. By concentrating on particular muscle groups the therapist can help the athlete maintain or improve range of motion and muscle flexibility.
Event Massage: Pre-event and post-event massage therapies are tailored for distinct purposes. Pre-event treatment is used as a supplement to an athlete’s warm-up to enhance circulation and reduce excess muscle and mental tension prior to competition. It is tailored to the needs of the athlete and his/her event and can be relaxing or stimulating as appropriate. Post-event massage, on the other hand, is geared towards reducing the muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that occur with rigorous exercise. Various sports massage techniques enhance the body’s own recovery process improving the athlete’s ability to return to training and competition, and reducing the risk of injury.
Rehabilitation: Even with preventative maintenance, muscles cramp, bruise, and ache. Sports massage can reduce discomfort during the rehabilitation process.
Soft tissue techniques employed by sports massage therapists are effective in the management of both acute and chronic pain.
Trigger point techniques reduce the spasm and pain that occur both in the painful and “compensation” muscles.
Cross-fibre friction techniques can help with healing by improved formation of strong and flexible repair tissue, which is vital in maintaining full pain-free range of motion during rehabilitation.
In all cases, such massage techniques are employed in collaboration with other appropriate medical care.
Head and face massage
This beautifully relaxing De-stress Scalp, Face & Neck treatment is a favourite. We begin with a warming and gentle effleurage to the face, neck, shoulders, head and scalp using our nourishing, rejuvenating facial oil. A treatment is then delivered to the scalp, working the pressure points from the forehead to the base of the neck. Attention is then paid to the back of the neck and shoulders, removing any tense knots and relaxing the problem areas. Te treatment is finished with focus on the acupressure points across the face.
- Relaxes the whole body
- Improves concentration
- Lifts your mood
- Improves blood circulation
- Strengthens the immune system
- Generally leaves you feeling good
Suitable for all ages
Body spa massage
Soothe the mind and troublesome muscles. This massage is not as penetrative as the Relax Deep Tissue Massage, so is ideal for those with delicate areas of tension or in need of emotional release and mind relaxation. We begin with a thorough body brushing and exfoliation to warm and detoxify the skin. We then apply a scrumptious body scrub over the back which removes dead cells and boosts circulation. Tingling skin is refreshed with hot towels before a restorative and heady mix of aromatherapy oils designed to suit your mood is massaged in to the body, scalp, face, hands and feet, melting away stresses and calming busy minds. This heavenly treatment will lift your mood & reward your body.
Relaxing deep tissue massage
Deep relaxation and a sense of well-being. This firm full body treatment can be adapted to suit the individual and work on personal key areas of tension.
Using oil enhanced with essential oils the massage is applied deep into the muscles, kneading and relaxing the whole body at a pressure guided by you.
The benefits from deep tissue massage, include
- stress relief
- improved sleep
- eased muscular pain
- relief of joint pain
- improved circulation
- improved flexibility
- assist in regulating blood pressure
Complimentary Therapy session
This special therapeutic massage is unique to Elena who incorporates techniques including cranio - sacral and even some Thai massage. Each session may vary according to the needs of the client on the day.
Thai Foot Massage
A Thai foot massage applies pressure to particular areas of the soles of the feet. Hands, fingers, thumbs, knuckles and a rounded wooden Thai foot massage stick are used to stimulates certain areas of the feet releasing blocked energy within the body's many Sens lines (Thai-based meridians).
A gentle, safe massage for mothers who are looking to help reduce the aches and pains of pregnancy.