What is Sports Massage?

Sports Massage involves manipulating the soft tissue structures of the body (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia) to benefit people who regularly engage in sport and exercise. This can be a high level athlete who is looking to improve their performance e.g. by optimising their recovery between training sessions and competitions, or an individual who undertakes their activity at a lower level but wishes to avoid injury.


Even if you do not get injured regularly, sports massage will still benefit you, as it helps to eliminate tightness and muscle imbalances that every one of us have to some degree, and arise from regular, repetitive actions that are typical in training.


Massage helps our bodies manage this strain our bodies go through, preventing issues from arising in the first place.  

Remember! you don't even have to be an athlete to benefit from a sports massage. Many of the imbalances described above can occur from normal day-to-day activities such as through manual labour or sitting incorrectly at a work desk. Many aches and pains brought on by such activities can be managed through massage.

Benefits of Sports Massage:

Some examples of the various benefits sports massage can bring are:

  • Helping to reduce common injuries that occur as a result of regular training and muscle imbalances;

  • Encourages healing through stimulating blood flow;

  • Reduces stress and anxiety;

  • Increases self confidence from better performance;

  • Increases flexibility.

Common Treatable Complaints:
  • Achilles Tendinitis

  • Back Pain

  • Ankle Sprains

  • Shin Splints

  • Compartment Syndrome

  • Tight Muscles

  • Adhesive Capsulitis (frozen shoulder)

  • Muscle Strains

  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome

  • Stress Fractures

  • Plantar Fasciitis


Sports Taping:

During your appointment, depending upon the ailment you have, I may recommend sports taping and/or athletic taping/strapping to compliment your treatment. Taping has a variety of benefits including:


  • Mechanical support

  • Increased coordination (proprioceptive feedback)

  • Promotes healing

  • Reduces Inflammation/swelling

  • Lymphatic Drainage

Taping can either be applied at the end of a regular session to support the treatment and aftercare, or it can be used in a seperate session either at Melton Wellness House, or in Melton itself.  Some athletes may opt for this, for example, as a precautionary measure to protect a niggling injury before a competition, or to protect an area of acute injury in the first couple days after the trauma has occurred (where hands-on treatment is not yet suitable) - please see here for pricing details.