What is a Sports & Remedial Massage?
Sports Massage combines classic Swedish massage strokes with advanced soft tissue techniques to work on areas of tension and restriction in the soft tissues of the body.
Unlike a salon massage, where a routine is followed irrespective of the condition of the client and their presenting symptoms, a Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist will fit the treatment to the person.
We do this by carrying out a subjective and objective evaluation of the client’s condition. The subjective information gives us clues as to how the injury or dysfunction may have come about. The objective information is gathered, where appropriate, from a postural analysis, range of movement and strength tests, and functional movement screens, helps us understand the aspects of mobility and stability that are pertinent to the injury and which need to be addressed in order to improve the client’s condition.
We then have a sound basis for applying our toolbox of techniques in a way that can not only address the current presenting discomfort but also the causes of the problem. Importantly, all of our clients leave the clinic with a manageable package of home care advice.
Benefits of Massage
Hormone Regulation – In women who received bi-weekly massages for only five weeks, hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol (“stress hormones”) were reduced and dopamine and serotonin levels were increased (low levels of these hormones are associated with depression). These changes in hormone levels also led to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications, such as low birth weight.
Reduction of swelling – Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce the collection of fluids in swollen joints, which also improves the removal of tissue waste, carried by the body’s lymph system.
Reduced back pain
Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
Reduced joint pain
Increased shoulder movement
Reduced muscle tension and headaches
Our soft tissue and remedial sports massages are used to target mobility, flexibility and muscle strain.
We use profession soft tissue therapy techniques that can assist with:
Cramps and muscle spasms
- Shoulder movement
- Oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
Pregnancy and childbirth is a time of immense change in a woman’s body. The physical changes and the emotional demands are profound. Tiredness and discomfort can become a part of daily life. This is a time when a woman needs to be nurtured and supported.
Good nutrition, appropriate exercise and well-focused body care are all important in a healthy pregnancy and set a new mum up for the demands of the post-natal period. At Focus and Move we have the skills to “Pamper with Purpose” as our Pregnancy and Post-Natal Massage combines the advanced skills of the soft tissue therapist with a detailed understanding of the demands placed on a woman’s body at this time.
Scar tissue can be inflexible and tight causing pulls and soreness on movement. The tissue around a scar can also become a bit stuck down causing pain.
Specialist scar massage is performed after 8 weeks when the wound is healed. The treatment is gentle and performed without oils or creams.
Post birth, so much attention is focused on the new baby that the healing needs of the new Mum can be overlooked. Post-natal massage supports this process by providing a quiet window for soothing, nurturing and restorative therapy.
Our principal aim is restoration and key areas of focus include:
Easing tension in the neck and shoulders from feeding and holding a baby
Promoting the restoration of core function by encouraging the ribs and diaphragm to return to their pre-pregnancy position supporting the return of correct pelvic floor function.
Releasing the tensions in the hips and lower back that are holding the body in its “pregnant” posture allowing your normal posture to return.
Ready to Make a Change?
Whether you’re looking for help with balance, flexibility, pelvic floor or simply want to be that little bit fitter, we have a class for you!