Sports & Remedial Massage Therapy
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Sports & Remedial Massage therapy is the practice of massage by accredited professionals to achieve positive health and well-being (physical, functional, and psychological outcomes) in clients. To complement our physiotherapy treatments, The Body Group is pleased to announce that we shall now be offering a clinical therapeutic massage and sports massage service in our clinic in Hong Kong.
Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. The massage movements focus on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.
Sports and remedial massage therapy is gaining popularity as a useful component in a balanced training regimen. Sports massage therapy can be used as a means to enhance pre-event preparation and reduce recovery time for maximum performance during training or after an event. Specially designed sports massage promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries and prepares their body and mind for optimal performance.
Our sports and remedial massages all derive from Swedish massage which uses a firm but gentle pressure to improve the circulation, ease muscle aches and tension, improve flexibility and create relaxation. The remedial massage treatments also combine elements of Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue Manipulation, Strain Counterstrain, and Structural Integration and Stretching.
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Sports massage is designed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training.
Sports massage is especially good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. The therapist will generally focus on a problem area, i.e. a painful back, a pulled hamstring, or a sore shoulder, rather than giving a whole body.
Sports massage is a type of Remedial/Swedish massage that stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. Some sports massage movements use trigger point therapy to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion.
A sports massage is a good choice if you have a specific problem -a tender knee from running, for instance. It is also be a good idea to see a movement therapist, who can help you identify and correct the movement pattern that might be causing your injury in the first place. Contact our therapists at The Body Group in HK for details on sports and remedial massage therapy.
Massage Therapy is hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. People use massage therapy for a variety of health-related purposes, including relieving pain, rehabilitating sports injuries, reducing stress, increase relaxation, address anxiety and depression, and promoting general wellness.
Massage Therapy can help relieve:
- Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis
- Stress relief and associated conditions
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains
- Back pain
- Repetitive strain injury
- Circulatory and Respiratory problems
- Pregnancy and labour discomfort
- Post-injury and post-surgical rehabilitation
- And many other conditions
Massage therapy helps increase blood circulation and improve lymphatic flow to reduce muscle tension. A study also shows that massage therapy might change the levels of certain hormones in the body to help relieve pain and reduce stress.
As with many treatments affecting the soft tissue, there are times when massage therapy can cause some light discomfort and soreness, especially on tight and irritated areas. It is sometimes necessary to release tension, and then discomfort usually diminishes afterwards. The pressure of the massage can be as light or deep as needed. The therapist will modify the techniques and work to meet the client’s need. It is important that the client always feels comfortable and enjoys the treatment.
During a healthy pregnancy, and if the Mom-to-be is generally in good health, pregnancy massage is safe, and it can also be a wonderful addition to prenatal care.
Pregnancy massage has been found to relieve back, muscle and joint pain, sciatica, leg cramps, headaches, reduce swelling and stress. It is a popular solution for pain relief and reduction of stress.
Each woman and each pregnancy is different. In general, therapists suggest pregnant ladies to receive a massage treatment once or twice a month. Yet, to alleviate more intense pain and discomfort, it is sometimes recommended to schedule weekly sessions, and/ or extend the sessions to 90 minutes.