Don’t think you’re active enough to try sports massage? Think again. This is not an elite therapy for the athlete, footballer or regular gym user. Far from it. Neither is it going to be a jaw-clenching, painful massage being bruised and battered by your therapist. I can’t speak for others but that’s certainly not how I operate!
Having recently qualified in a Diploma in Sport & Remedial Massage from the long established (25 years long!) London School of Sports Massage after a year of hard slog and two nerve wracking exams, lot’s of people have asked me ‘So what are you going to do now? Try and work at a sports club or gym?’ Of course I’m keen to start working with more ‘sporty’ people and I have a link with a very good personal training gym (My PT Studio) in Croydon but I have helped plenty of non-sporty people using these fantastic techniques I have learnt in the last 12 months. The sort of non-sporty people who don’t do any exercise or maybe walk the dog everyday but don’t go to the gym – ever. I have treated people with symptoms of tennis elbow who haven’t been near a tennis racket!
The problem is, we are all prone to postural imbalances which occurs through how we use our bodies on a daily basis. Occupational habits can cause muscle overuse and strains in muscles which may manifest over a number of months compared to someone training for a marathon who pushes themselves too hard too quickly – can develop an injury in a number of days or weeks. Both suffer injury through bad postural habits or training techniques. Both qualify for remedial massage because it works directly on the problem area – for the non-sporty, this could be tight neck and shoulders from sitting at a desk for long hours or in the case of the marathon runner, this could be knee pain they’ve suddenly developed through their IT band being too tight. Sport and remedial massage combines general and deep tissue massage with specific stretching and muscle contraction techniques to improve muscle health.
So, in answer to the question, I’m going to carry on doing what I’m doing; helping those in pain from injury, bad posture or over-doing it in the gym and I welcome more newcomers to my practice – the sporty and non-sporty alike!