Different types of massage techniques are used to achieve the desired effect on muscles and this depends on your individual needs. Often these techniques don’t involve any of the traditional ‘rubbing’ of the muscles that you might expect and associate with a ‘relaxing’ massage. Unusually the types of techniques used in Sports and Remedial massage don’t set out to relax the patient; rather their aim is to fix a specific mechanical problem.
Remedial massage refers to the treatment or ‘remedy’ of problems caused by our everyday postures and activities. Rather than just massage, these treatments also incorporate a variety of other techniques, including:
- NMT (Neuromuscular technique)
- STR (Soft Tissue Release)
- MET (Muscle Energy Technique)
These lighter techniques are used to effectively stretch, ‘fire up’ or relax the muscles depending on what is needed and means that even an area that is painful to touch can be treated with relatively little discomfort.
As the name suggests, this is a deep massage that treats the deeper layers of our muscles and tissues. This means that rather than just relax you, areas of deep tension can be reached to relieve pain and discomfort. Adhesions and scar tissue which prevent muscles from stretching properly can be broken down to ease tension, allowing them to function properly and for mobility to be improved.
Sports Massage is a good, deep massage that really works the muscles. It can be used to warm the muscles up before a sporting event and help the body recover more quickly afterwards. It’s hugely beneficial at aiding recovery and rehabilitation from injury and for preventing future injuries. In training regimes leading up to an important race or event, many clients come to me for regular massages to eliminate any ‘niggling’ pains that they’re starting to feel and to ensure that any unnoticeably-small injuries are treated before they reduce performance and become debilitating.
Treatments may involve any of the above techniques depending on your needs.