Helen Masey (MSc, BA(Hons), LSSM(dip)) is an experienced and qualified Integrated Massage and Soft Tissue Therapist. She is also a practitioner of myofascial release techniques, Thai Massage, relaxation and stress management as well as a qualified counsellor and cognitive behavioural therapist.
Helen holds advanced qualifications in Massage Therapy, and is constantly learning and developing new skills. She is also developing research to help increase the evidence base for the use of Massage Therapy.
What is Sports massage?
Sports massage is an extremely effective form of massage therapy that highlights particularly tight or fibrous areas within muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia.
Who can benefit?
Sports massage can benefit anyone, not just those who are involved in sport! It’s just as effective for athletes as it is for individuals with general aches and pains. The benefits of massage can aid anyone suffering with occupational, emotional and postural stress as well as those with physically demanding jobs that can lead to muscle imbalances. Poor posture whilst sitting at a desk for example may cause muscle imbalances, which in turn may cause tight muscles and pain. These can soon be rectified through sports massage.
Aims/benefits of Sports Massage
To restore full function to muscles and soft tissues
- Reduces stress and relieves tension
- Promotes relaxation
- Loosens tight muscles
- Improves formation of scar tissue
- Increases blood circulation
- Speeds up the healing process
- Improves posture
- Reduces swelling
- Helps prevent injuries
- Can extend the life of your sporting career
Pre and Post competition massage
Sports massage has benefits both before and after a sporting event. Prior to competition, massage will stimulate circulation, relax the muscles, reduce the risk of injury and increase the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles. Following an event the body needs time to recover therefore post competition massage can be used to remove waste products and aid recovery process.