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Massage Therapy

What are the benefits of Sports Massage Therapy?

Sports massage has an important role to play in the life of any athlete/sports person whether injured or not. Massage has a number of benefits, physical, physiological and psychological. Sports massage is not just for the high level athlete. Anyone with a loss of flexibility and tightness within muscle groups would benefit. Examples would be those who suffer with tension/tightness in their neck and shoulders from poor posture whilst sitting at their computer or low back pain after gardening. Massage treatments can help prevent injuries, speed up muscle recovery, improve flexibility, improve performance, improve blood flow and circulation and reduce joint pain. 

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The Benefits Of Sports Massage Therapy


It can take weeks to months to completely recover from a flare-up of low back pain. Massage can offer relief in addition to conventional care, such as taking anti-inflammatory pain relievers, staying as active as possible, getting physical therapy, and waiting for the body to heal. When added to the mix, massage can reduce pain and speed the return to normal activities. Massage is also an option for neck pain, knee or hip pain, shoulder pain, headaches, or other discomfort related to muscles, joints, and connective tissue. 

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The neck and back are two areas most effected by bad posture. If you don’t correct postural or mobility issues this can lead to chronic pain and even injury. Massage therapy can help you regain proper posture to realign your body and get back your natural movements. Receiving ongoing massage therapy will help keep your muscles loosened and your joints relaxed. A variety of massages can be used to improve posture including deep tissue massage, sports massage and Swedish massage.

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Massage increases tissue flexibility and muscle relaxation, improves range of motion, relieves trigger points, as well as reduces adhesions. Combined, these benefits of massage help the athlete remain active, optimize his or her training, and maximize performance. Sports massage can also be used before an event to help stimulate or excite the muscles being used for that specific sport, or it can be used to post event to help relax the muscles and promote recovery. Maximising performance means that a person is able to participate in an event without muscles easily fatiguing, weakening or becoming injured. Maximising performance can help keep muscles strong, healthy and less likely to injure. A sports massage can be used to benefit any person, not just sports athletes.

man playing tennis


Massage has many physiological and psychological benefits. Reduced stress is a benefit often gained through massage. Stress can be both physical and mental and can physically occur within muscles after injury or overuse, causing a build up of tension resulting in an increase in pain. Stress can occur mentally due to restricted movement, pain or injury. Sports massage reduces the amount of stress-related hormones in your body, which can prevent injury, aid recovery

a man stressed at work


When your muscles relax and are not as tense, your blood supply increases. This allows nutrients to be delivered to your muscles and unwanted products such as lactic acid are flushed out. Again this improves recovery and reduces likelihood of injury.

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I provide a range of highly effective sports massage treatments to clients around Luton, Hemel, Harpenden and St Albans. I provide a high level of care and service for my clients ensuring they feel relaxed and comfortable. I hold a level 3 qualification in sport massage therapy and are also part of the professional association SMA.

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