Sports Massage in Northampton

Sports massage uses hands-on techniques to manipulate the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the body and massage works to improve the efficiency of the musculoskeletal system, it is increasingly popular amongst elite sports performers. When a person exercises, their body is subjected to various types of physical loading and following such activities, with the right amount of rest, the body’s systems adapt to cope with the increased stresses placed on them. These adaptations may affect muscles and other soft tissues, bones, the brain and nervous system.  Receiving a regular sports massage also forms part of many athletes injury prevention strategy.  
The Benefits of Sports Massage are: Reduction in muscle stiffness, pain and fatigue Improved relaxation Increase in flexibility and range of movement Improved balance between muscles Greater postural awareness better recovery by raising blood circulation to the affected spot Improve the speed and quality of soft tissue repair
Combining stress and waste materials in a muscle could bring about the feeling of pain. Sports Massage reduces this unpleasant feeling simply by its capability to minimise anxiety and get rid of waste products. In addition, it stimulates the release of endorphins.
The Effects of Sports Massage are: Stimulates circulation Decongests the tissues and improves tissue drainage Removes metabolic waste Increases the uptake of oxygen and nutrients to the tissue cells Increases the rate of tissue repair by improving soft tissue mobility and formation of collagen
Under the umbrella of Sports Massage comes various techniques: Effleurage: effleurage is a gentle technique which involves a series of stroking and touching movements; this technique helps to increase circulation, warm the muscles and stimulate the nerves. This technique is used at the start of massage sessions to ease the athlete in gently. Petrissage: petrissage is a more intense form of massage movement which is designed to stretch the muscles and ease tension. This technique is also known as kneading. Frictions: frictions are often fairly painful as they are used to separate muscle fibres and break down scar tissue. This technique is only used for very short periods of time.


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