The main purpose of sports massage is to help alleviate stress and tension which builds up in the body's soft tissues, this can be sports related or from simple day to day activities. When an injury occurs the body often reacts by tensing the soft tissues surrounding the area, massage can work quickly and effectively to reduce this. It can also be helpful in preventing 'niggling' injuries which can hamper performance.
Sports massage tends to be a deeper more intense massage, combining a variety of techniques including stretching, friction and trigger point release. With sports massage it's especially important to have a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. By understanding these systems and the effects of exercise, we are able to develop a clearer picture of why the individual may be suffering in particular areas, which allows us to tailor our massage treatment.