Sports and Remedial Massage (SRM)
The Sports side is a direct, targeted type of massage, which will be applied to a specific area of the body to facilitate the activity of the sportsman, aid in recovery from a sporting activity or to help treat/prevent an injury.
The Remedial side uses a variety of strokes and techniques along with a detailed knowledge of the muscles and their actions to treat musculoskeletal imbalances and trauma in order to improve posture. Postural Imbalances are the main cause of pain in the non sportsperson and are a major factor in determining the site of over-use injuries in sports people outside of impact injuries.
Sports Massage techniques include:
Neuromuscular Technique, NMT
Sustained application of pressure on a particular spot that works with the bodies ”reflex effect” to release hypertensive areas found within muscles.
Muscle Energy Techniques, MET
The collective name for techniques that stretch, strengthen muscles or help break down fibrous adhesions found within muscles. These techniques use the patients’ own effort and movement to treat the problem and include Post-Isometric Relaxation (PIR), Reciprocal Inhibition (RI), Soft Tissue Release and Strain-Counterstrain (SCS).
Deep Tissue Massage features in most other types of massage, including SRM, to some degree and includes the deeper, high strength techniques contained within them to work right into the muscles in order to break down their fibrous adhesions or scar tissue.
Deep Tissue techniques include:
Working in a small, localized area, across the fibres with strong pressure to release muscle tension.
Trigger Point Therapy
Using Friction to work on tense points (Trigger Points) within muscles to help the whole muscle release. These points are often similar to the Acupressure points detailed in Traditional Chinese Massage.
A stretching technique that helps release tension found within the bodies’ Fascia so reducing pain. The Fascia is the connective tissue surrounding every muscle, bone, organ and nerve and is found throughout the body from head to toe. It also includes the Ligaments, Tendons and the Periosteum (the surface covering of the bones). As such is has a major impact on a person’s posture
SRM and Deep Tissue techniques are used to tackle particular physical or muscular problems that are often chronic in nature. For this reason it is not the most relaxing from of massage, but is very beneficial and effective.