Sports Massage

Looking for a sports massage in the chichester area?
Sports massage is used to treat soft tissue injuries that occur in everyday life and sport. We use a range of techniques including superficial and deep muscle massage, stretching, muscle release techniques, strapping and taping. Our aim is always to improve your range of movement, reduce pain and aid injury recovery.

A Sports massage is ideal to treat injuries and as well as a preventative treatment dealing with the health of muscle and connective tissue, range of movement, tone, symmetry, balance of muscle and quality of posture.

A Sports massage is ‘the manipulation of soft tissue to release tension, reduce pain, restore range of movement and promote good condition’. This is achieved through a range of techniques, some of which are effective on some people, some of which are not. It is then down to me to work with my clients to find the right tools to unravel their current injury situation or assist them with their training program. Essentially the ‘manipulation of soft tissue’ means moving muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue around in a range of ways to achieve the desired effect.

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What techniques does a sports massage practitioner use?
When looking at and treating the injury or symptoms, root causes are also carefully considered and this may lead the treatment into other areas around the body. Some of these areas may seem quite a strange to work on to begin with given the case scenario and therefore advising the client is always something that we try to achieve in the most simplistic, understandable way.

If there is pain or discomfort, loss of mobility or restriction of movement we can successfully treat and hopefully cure. If there is a sporting activity or a training schedule being followed regular treatments can enhance performance and an ongoing relationship with the practitioner can only make this even more effective. Similarly our everyday working lives and lifestyles create the same set of problems and these, in the same way, can also be treated successfully. Painful injuries can be effectively treated with our SCENAR Pain Relief therapy.

Benefits of Sports Massage Therapy
Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. The particulars of the sports massage technique are specific to the athlete’s sport of choice. Focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.

Aspects of sports massage therapy are gaining popularity as useful components in a balanced training regimen. Sports massage therapy can be used as a means to enhance pre-event preparation and reduce recovery time for maximum performance during training or after an event.

Athletes have discovered that specially designed sports massage promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries and prepares their body and mind for optimal performance.

For anyone participating in regular physical activity, Sports massage therapy every week or two may be a great addition to your normal regimen. It’s best to talk with our professional massage therapists to find a plan that will work best for you and your circumstances.

But you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. Painful injuries can be effectively treated with our SCENAR Pain Relief therapy.

The massage therapist generally concentrates on a specific problem area that you present, usually associated with some sort of sports activity, such as running, tennis, or golf.

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Who visits Fresh Start Health?
We have a wealth of clients travelling locally from Chichester, Bognor Regis, Lavant, West Wittering, East Wittering, Birdham, Itchenor, Bosham, Pagham, Westbourne, Emsworth, Havant, Goodwood as well as clients who travel from further afield from Worthing, Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, Guildford, Petersfield etc, so they can have an effective treatment. These are regular clients. Talk to us and ask how we can help you…

What Happens During Sports Massage?
A sports massage can involve a variety of techniques to achieve the desired goal.
There are four types of sports massages:

  • Pre-event sports massage -- a short, stimulating massage 15 - 45 minutes before the event. It is directed toward the parts of the body that will be involved in the exertion.
  • Post-event sports massage -- given within an hour or two of the event, to normalise the body's tissues.
  • Restorative sports massage -- given during training to allow the athlete to train harder and with less injury.
  • Rehabilitative sports massage -- aimed at alleviating pain due to injury and returning the body to health.

Our therapist might also use Swedish massage to stimulate circulation of blood and lymph fluids, and trigger point therapy to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles), and stretching to increase range of motion. Painful sports injuries can be effectively treated with our SCENAR Pain Relief therapy.

When Should I Get A Sports Massage?
A sports massage is a good choice if you have a specific problem — a tender knee from running, for instance. The therapist generally focuses in on the problem area — a frozen shoulder or pulled hamstring, for instance, rather than giving you a full-body massage.

More Massage Therapies we offer

Scenar Massage

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Sports Massage

What to Expect

Before treatment, your therapist will provide a full consultation, asking you various questions about your health and lifestyle, to ensure treatment is right for you. Most full body massage treatments take approximately an hour, though a ‘back, neck and shoulder’ massage may take between 30 to 40 minutes. Our Sports massage is 45-60mins.

Treatments usually take place on a massage table, though some may require you to sit in a chair. If the treatment involves the therapist directly massaging your skin, an oil or cream-based product will generally be used to provide a free-flowing massage, and towels carefully placed to ensure your modesty and keep you warm and comfortable throughout the treatment. A sports related massage can be deep and firm, a lighter and if not more effective treatment can be our SCENAR Pain Relief therapy.

Whatever type of massage you are having, your therapist will advise you of what to expect before the treatment begins.

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Benefits of Massage

Besides the calming benefits, massage is good for:

  • Easing muscular strain by flushing-out toxins
  • Improving circulation by increasing oxygen flow in the blood
  • Helping to keep ligaments and tendons supple
  • Stimulating the nervous system
  • Reducing emotional and physical stress
  • Relaxation and therefore reduction in anxiety
  • Release of endorphin's, the body’s natural painkillers
  • Reduction in muscle spasm, pain and tension
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Improved lymphatic drainage
  • Improved mobility
  • Reduction of swelling caused by an accumulation of fluid in the tissues
  • Balancing the overall flow of natural life energy through the body

Talk to us to see how a massage can help you today