What to consider before booking a Sports Massage

Sports massage has been around for centuries and is widely used amongst professionals such as Sports Rehabilitators, Physiotherapists and Sports therapists to aid in their patient’s recovery. Sports massage is an investment in yourself and can support all different aspects of your life from your mental well-being to your general aches and pains. If you’re considering booking in for a Sports Massage, this article could be for you.

Sports massage has a variety of benefits such as regulating hormones like cortisol and endorphins, which can help to decrease stress. Sports massage can also help in the management of injuries by decreasing the pain experienced by an individual. Both of these factors are backed by scientific research and have been proven time and time again.

Sports Massage isn’t the stereotype you probably have in your head. It isn’t all about causing pain, it is actually a mild discomfort in parts (usually no more than 3 or 4 out of 10 for pain). The therapist can use different techniques to get deeper into certain muscle groups. This can be useful to give the most effective treatment for each individual as not everyone wants the same treatment, and everybody is different.

There are usually a few thought processes you must go through before booking in with a therapist. First of all, decide what you want from the session. For example, if you require an injury assessment then it would be worth using a BASRaT certified Sports Rehabilitator or HCPC certified Physiotherapist who also offers Sports Massage treatment in their toolbox. However, these professions often come at a premium. If you only require a massage, then a Sports Massage therapist would suffice or if the Sports Rehabilitator or Physio offer just Sports Massage at a decreased rate then this would also benefit you.

Next, you will want to consider how long you want your treatment to last and where you would like to go. If you only want your legs treating, then a thirty-minute Sports Massage would be sufficient. However, a full body massage would be either sixty minutes or if you would like slightly longer on each muscle group, then ninety minutes would be for you. I mentioned ‘where’ you would like your massage as most therapist offer a mobile service where they come to you. This can have benefits of allowing you to have a massage in the comfort of your own home, or if there’s a couple of you wanting one then you can chat to your friends whilst having a massage. If this doesn’t interest you, then you would want to find out if the therapist has access to their own treatment room or premises.

Another consideration when choosing a massage therapist would be to read the reviews. This sounds easy enough in theory, but some businesses are new, don’t push for reviewers or can have fake reviews. This can be important to consider because even though we are in the 21st century, there are still some people who slip through the net in terms of regulation and authenticity and they may not actually be who they say they are, however, the reviews will often expose them for who they really are. The take home message from this section is basically to use your gut feeling.

Some closing comments from me. Sports Massage has clear and obvious benefits from managing a sports injury to increasing the regulation of feel good hormones in the body. You want to always make sure you are comfortable and relaxed when enjoying a sports massage so always go with the therapist or company that suits you at a time and place that is right for you. The whole process should be built around you.

Ethan Bell

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