Frequently Asked Questions
“What is the difference between Swedish Massage and Sports Massage?”
Swedish massage techniques are typically long, slow and gentle massage strokes. It is used to promote psychological and emotional well-being. It also reduces stress and creates a state of relaxation. The techniques used in Swedish massage are very similar to those used during a sports massage, however, the main difference being that sports massage tends to focus on a particular muscle group and involves greater pressure to work deeper into the tissues, which in turn produces greater effects.
“I don’t play sports – can I still have a Sports Massage”?
Overuse injuries can occur in everyday life through repetitive everyday actions. This can include reaching for high shelves. Tension and tightness can also build up through poor posture whilst driving or sitting at a desk (this can result in back pain). Therefore, following consultation and treatment, we will try to identify what day to day activities could be the cause of any particular issues you are having. Will give you simple solutions to help with this. Making a few small alterations can have a huge effect.
“What is a ‘knot’?”
Knots are small, bump-like sections of muscle which occur in a specific area. They can be painful to the touch. they are medically defined as myofascial trigger points. They occur when muscle fibres or the bands of tissue (fascia) underneath them tense, which can result in tight muscles. The neck and shoulders can a common problem area. They can occur through:
- Stress and tension
- Acute injuries related to strenuous exercise
- Chronic injuries resulting from overuse
- Poor posture
- Prolonged bed rest or sitting without stretching