Our approach to sports massage at Covent Garden Physio
There are hundreds of massage techniques, but not all of them are helpful for physical recovery. While there’s nothing wrong with getting a massage for pleasure and relaxation, a sports massage has a more definite physical objective and scientific approach.
Sports massage targets stiff, irritated tissue with precise techniques which increase blood flow to encourage healing and restore movement. Manipulation of the nervous system can also be used to activate or relax muscles as required.
The benefits of sports massage are reduced pain, improved mobility and faster recovery from injury, post-exercise muscle soreness and postural pain – especially when used in conjunction with physiotherapy.
What to expect from a sports massage appointment at Covent Garden Physio
Your massage therapist will begin by asking you about your injury history and any aches and pains you are experiencing, as well as what massage techniques you are comfortable receiving. Deep tissue massage can be painful!
They will then ask you to lie down and feel your muscles for any areas of tightness or “knotted” tissue. Your massage therapist will then use techniques such as effleurage, petrissage, compression, dermal lifting, soft tissue release and more on the affected areas.
Every massage is entirely unique and the techniques your massage therapist will use depend entirely on your needs, injury history and pain tolerance. There won’t be candles and scented oils, but you will leave feeling less stressed, both physically and mentally.
Sessions are available in 30 or 60 minute appointments, either on their own or alongside our physiotherapy services.