Sports Massage Therapy FAQs
There are always a lot of questions when it comes to Sports Massage. Below are answers to some of the most common questions we have received. There are obviously a lot more questions, so feel free to get in touch with us and ask away.
Where do sessions take place?
Sessions take place at a location of your choice. Typically, this can be in the your home, at a friends, at the office, etc. If you are struggling to find a place, let us know we do have some treatment space options in the March area, there may be a small surcharge of £5 for this.
We can also provide services at sports clubs and training grounds.
This is my first Sports Massage Treatment - what should I expect?
For the first appointment, you will be expected to fill in a client consultation form outlining any medical conditions, doctors details, plus any contraindictaions etc (see below) If you have any doubts of any conditions prior to treatment - please consult your GP. You will also undergo a postural assessment and some range of movement tests. So it is best to bring a pair of shorts, and for ladies - a vest top or similar. This allows visibility of alignment of hips, shoulders and spine etc. It is NOT advisable to administer any painkillers in the 2 hrs prior to treatment so that a safe amount of pressure can be used. It is advisable to bring a bottle of water along too - to begin rehydration to help flush out toxins after the treatment.
When you book and pay for your first session, please select the "New Client Sports Massage" appointment type which will give you an additional 30 mins on your appointment, for free so we can carry out the assessment.
I have an ache or pain that has been bothering me. How do I know if it will help?
Usually it can help if your complaint is soft-tissue, that is, muscle or connective-tissued, related. This can be from a number of causes, such as overuse or overtraining, post-workout soreness, or bad posture. If you’re not sure if what’s bothering you is soft-tissue related, feel free to call or email and we can discuss.
Can you treat injuries?
Yes, as a Level 4 Sport Massage Therapist, we are trained to deal with injuries and advance techniques applicable to soft tissue injuries. For example Ice massage can benefit in the acute stages of an injury. Realigning the muscle fibres will help the injured muscle heal stronger.
I don't play sports - can I still have a Sports Massage?
Overuse injuries can occur in everyday life and are generally brought on by the things we do repetitively everyday. We will use remedial massage to treat you and look at what day to day activities could be the cause and will give you simple solutions to help with this. Generally making a few small changes can have a big effect.
What happens during a treatment?
A brief history is taken prior to the massage including your sports goals or event deadlines. We may do some standing tests and no doubt will review your posture (this we do with your clothes on). The majority of our treatment is hands-on work, however we want to fix you, so may glean as much information from you so we can work out what's going on.
What should I wear?
We use towels during the treatment and would require that you keep your underwear on, however if you feel more comfortable, you can bring a pair of shorts. Stretchy underwear is best, especially if we are treating legs.
Should sports massage hurt?
Yes and no. If you are crawling off the couch trying to get out from under the therapists elbows, then NO it should not feel like that. When too much pressure is applied and causes undue pain, your natural response is to tense up, this means the therapist is now treating your voluntary muscle tension and not the problem area. Exit stage left and find someone who will care for your muscles as much as you do. So when should it hurt? Pain is a personal emotion, everyone tolerates pain differently, a therapist should be sensitive to this and regulate their techniques to get the tissue to respond to the treatment. In some instances to get that tissue to respond it may be a little sensitive but it should not be unbearable. However never feel wrong to shout if you are struggling to unclench your teeth - you know your pain tolerance better than we do and we are always happy to ease up a little.
How does sports and remedial massage differ from normal massage?
Sports and Remedial massage is applied with your goals in mind, meaning we look at what you need and then apply the relevant technique(s) to help you reach your goals. These techniques vary from: finding muscle imbalances which may be the cause of your current issue and offering remedial exercises to correct them; questions about your sports equipment or mechanism of injury; along with treating the tissues which are crying out for attention. Your goals may vary depending on whether you are carrying an injury or are just needing to bring your legs back to life for your next training session.
How often should I have Sports Massage?
If time and budget were not an issue, every week. But the reality is they are. So if you are on a budget and treating yourself to a massage, then (as a sports person) I would suggest having the treament prior to your event so you are ready to compete. If you receive regular massage, then keep your goals in mind, if you are unsure, read the answer above, if that doesn't help we can always tap into our experience as therapists and extreme sports nuts to offer some advice.
What if I only want one massage?
One massage is fine. We may recommend more than one, depending on your specific situation, but ultimately whether you want one massage or a series is completely up to you.
When should I have a regular sports massage?
There is no "best" time to have a sports massage, everyone differs in their needs and responds differently to treatment. Our general rule of thumb is this: if you have an injury which needs treating, it is best to leave it a few days after your heavy sessions so we can drop into the tissue without you leaving the couch. Muscles are very lively after interval sessions or heavy training loads, because the tissue is over-sensitive at this point we can't sink into the muscles to relieve the injured tissue. If you are not injured and your muscles are sore post a hard session, then this is a good time to have a recovery treatment to keep you on track with your training plan. If you are treating yourself to a massage for the first time before an event, give yourself a few days for your muscles to settle after the treatment. Regular massage goers know how their bodies respond to a treatment, some bounce off the couch ready for the 100m, others take a few days to bounce back. Err on the side of caution and give yourself a few days to recover, it would be a shame to ruin all that good training
I don’t have a particular problem but am interested in sports massage in conjunction with my training. What would you recommend for me?
This depends largely on your goals and training. Many athletes start out coming weekly and then space massages further apart as the initial muscle tension is reduced. When training for an event you may want to come weekly or fortnightly, but when training less only have one a once a month or every six weeks.
What is a maintenance massage?
A maintenance massage is a massage at regular intervals to prevent excessive muscle tension build-up so it doesn’t eventually cause a problem. They are usually monthly or six-weekly, although some people have them fortnightly, and others only every two or three months. If you do the stretches, exercises or postural adjustments you may not need them at all. However, many people like the reminder to keep doing their stretches, to have an ‘MOT’, or to keep a check on and identify any patterns that may be causing muscle tension before that tension interferes with their day to day life.
How many sessions will I need?
The general rule of thumb is the amount of treatments you need is proportionate to the amount of time it’s taken to build up – if you’ve had years of bad posture that’s culminated in shoulder pain you will need more treatments than if you have a bad back from sleeping on a dodgy bed while on holiday. It varies from person to person and the process can be accelerated if you make changes in your day to day life (stretches, improving posture, etc). We usually say between four to six treatments close together to start, but you may need less or more depending on your individual situation.
What happens after the first few treatments?
Hopefully the first few treatments eliminate or substantially reduce your complaint. Once that happens, it’s up to you whether you feel confident that you can continue with the stretches or adjustments on your own, or if you’d like to have what we call a ‘maintenance massage’.
I have a cold/sore throat, can I still be massaged?
NO. This is what we call a general contra-indication as it is a viral infection. Massage stimulates circulation and can help to spread infection around the body.
After my massage, I have been told NOT to drink alcohol. Why not?
If you intend to consume alcohol post-massage then I would advise booking at a more convenient time. The reason for this is because massage will raise core temperature by the stimulation of circulation, muscular systems and increased lymphatic function. Drinking alcohol also raises internal core temperature so the combination of the two is NOT recommended.
Do I need consent from my GP or other Medical Practitioner?
As part of the initial assessment any local or general contra-indications will be identified or other medical issues will be brought to the attention of the therapist. In the event of anything preventing treatment, Medical Consent will then be advised before proceeding.
What are contra-indications?
Local contra-indications are things like bruises, recent scar tissue, sprained ankle etc. And wouldn't prevent treatment - caution will be taken to avoid the area. General contra-indications are more severe and treatment can only take place with Medical consent from your GP or other Health Practitioner. Examples of this are High Blood Pressure, pregnancy in the first 16 weeks or colds/flu virus.
My friend had a massage said they felt even worse the next day, why?
Massage is of great benefit to ALL. Some clients will have one treatment and leave feeling on top of the world! But sometimes, when pain is acute and built up over a long time, it takes longer to fix. We're not miracle workers! Sometimes it may take two-three treatments to really break down all that tension and 'knottyness' ! So, its not uncommon to feel sore/stiff the next day, its often the day AFTER that, that the benefits really start to feel apparent.
Actually, Sport Massage doesn't sound right for me. What else can you offer?
We are Sports Massage, deep tissue and relaxation massage trained.So can provide full body relaxing massage which will massively aid in combating general stresses and strains of everyday life, improve skin and muscle tone and can even ensure a good nights sleep.
Is the Sports Massage Therapist male or female?
Our Sports Massage Therapist is a man, and full disclosure he is a gay man happily married. So both ladies and gentlemen rest assured he is a professional and you are safe in every way! If you are worried you can always have someone in with you as a chaperone. Any under 18 must have a chaperone who is a legal guardian.
ONE FOR THE GENTLEMEN - What if I get an erection?
It isn’t uncommon for guys to find they get an erection during a session. This has nothing to do with arousal and is simply the result of the blood slow and sensation especially in some areas being treated. But don’t worry if it does happen just ignore it, it wont both us so please don’t be embarrassed.
How and when do I pay?
We prefer you to pay via credit/debit card via our booking system, but you can if you wish, pay by cash or via a BACs transfer. All monies are non-refundable
What if I need to cancel a session?
A minimum of 24 hours notice of cancellation is required for all appointments, so we can reallocate your session. Notice of less than 24 hours will incur full payment of the session fee. To cancel please either use the online tool, email or text us.
What if I’m running late?
If the client is late for a session the session will not be extended and will end at the appointed time. If the therapist is late, additional time will be added to the session or to subsequent sessions.