Thomas Hacking Sports Massage
at The Ultimate Secret
I am proud to be working in partnership with The Ultimate Secret, Barrowford. The Ultimate Secret is already an established Beauty Salon providing face, body and beauty treatments for several years.
Now with the addition of Sports Therapies on the menu, we will be aiming to help clients improve muscle and chronic problems.
All my sports injury treatments and rehabilitation plans have a single objective: to provide you with tailor-made solutions for your health and wellbeing. Modern technology, a well-qualified therapist, specific exercise routines, regular additional training and unique expertise in modern treatment methods are all part of my service and of course, I have experience in all areas of sports injury rehabilitation therapy as well as a long list of satisfied patients.
What is Sports Massage?
A ‘hands on’ massage technique employed by sports therapists, which involves the manipulation of the body’s soft tissues and myofascial (skeletal muscles) structures.
Who should have Sports Massage?
Sports massage initially helped athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance. Also, to recover after a big event, or function well during training. However, you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from sports massage.
Why have a Sports Massage?
There are number of reasons why you would want to have a sports massage. From physiological and psychological, there are plenty of physical advantages of having a sports massage. Some of those are …
Feelings of relaxation
Reduction in anxiety
Increase in flexibility
And not to mention many others.
A sports maintenance massage works on your strength, flexibility, coordination, biomechanics and posture. It’s also a perfect remedy to reduce stress patterns, scar tissue and existing injuries. This massage technique assists in manipulating and making the muscles mobile for day to day activities.
The prime purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension. Which have been built up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, it can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether one is an athlete, ardent keep-fitter or a once a week jogger.
This treatment is not just for the sports person: anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious (occupational, emotional and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries).
Remedial Massage helps correct problems in your body. Therapists will assess your body and observe changes over time. They also design individual treatment plans using remedial massage techniques. This is more than just a feel-good massage. It can use specific techniques to address an individuals’ injury, postural or joint issues. Additionally, improving circulation, reducing pain and bringing a sense of general well-being. Due to the decrease in stress hormones, your immune system has a chance to work more efficiently, without impairment. In addition, massage increases circulation and improves lymphatic drainage, which again provide a boost to the immune.
Relax Your Mind Body & Soul
The importance of relaxation and well-being can’t be underestimated. One of the most noted effects of massage is a greater feeling of calm and relaxation. Remedial Massage helps reduces both emotional and physical stress. Hence, why it is often recommended in stress and anxiety treatment programs. The soothing, pampering benefits of massage encourage the release of endorphins. These wonderful chemicals give us the feel-good factor. Conversely, those nasty stress inducing hormones such as norepinephrine, adrenaline and cortisol are reduced. Therefore, when you are given a chance to relax and de-stress through massage treatments, your levels of mental clarity and alertness also increases.
By releasing muscle tension around joints, the range of movement in the joint can be increased. When a joint is no longer hampered by stiffness, muscle function can return to support and improve joint movement. Sometimes things keep going wrong despite our best efforts! For example, someone might get tension headaches due to continually clenching their jaw. The jaw clenching may be a stress response to pain in the neck and shoulders or somewhere else in the body. By addressing the source of the pain, the jaw will stop reactively clenching, allowing the tension headaches to be reduced or eliminated.
Types of remedial massage
- Deep tissue massage
- Soft tissue massage
- Trigger point therapy (muscle knots)
- Myofascial release