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Traditional Chinese Bodywork, Sports Massage and Personal Training

Why Massage?

Everybody knows what massage is, and most people have some idea how it is done (at least in part). But what are the effects of massage, what actually happens to the body and why is it a good thing to have done?

Effects: Massage has numerous effects on the human body, these include; increased flow of blood and lymph, increased tissue permeability, stretching of muscle and soft tissue, break down of scar tissue and adhesions, improved tissue elasticity, mental and physical relaxation, pain reduction and the rebalancing of the autonomous nervous system.

The impact of the above listed effects are as various as there are recipients of massage. Everyone is a little different due to their unique physiology, case history, age and activity level. But in the simplest terms all of the above effects contribute to physical well being, promote healing, physical recovery from exertion and mental relaxation.

Sports Massage

Today's amateur athletes train at a level once only reserved for full time professionals. Training at this level and holding down a full time job requires great dedication, but there are only 24 hours in a day and the most likely victim to the shortage of time is rest and recovery. Sports Massage can help shorten recovery time by promoting improved circulation and promoting muscle  function. Including a regular massage in your training regime will enhance performance and reduce the risk of over training and the injuries that this causes. 

Remember: Training = Work Out + Rest and Recovery.

Prevention of injury should always be the aim but if you have over trained or otherwise injured yourself, massage will promote recovery and just as importantly reduce the likelihood of re-injury.

Remember Sports Massage's benefits are not restricted to athletes, it doesn't matter if your injury is due to training for a marathon, scuffing your golf swing, digging the garden or decorating the lounge!

Sports Massage differs from standard massage in that it includes a variety of supplementary techniques including muscle energy techniques, passive stretching and trigger point work.

Passive Stretching and Muscle Energy Technique (MET)

In some ways MET is the western equivalent  to Chinese An Mo / Tui Na but based upon a western anatomical perspective. Working your body through a range of postures while applying massage to the body area being stretched. 

It’s relaxing, invigorating and a great aid to improving posture and sporting performance by ensuring the free and balanced function of the entire body. Many injuries and chronic ailments can be traced back to poor posture and  / or imbalanced muscle functions. 

By their nature most sports tend to overuse some parts of the body and ignore others, this is why cross training has very much become the vogue in recent years, it's an attempt to balance the body. MET is an effective remedy to the physical imbalances caused by over specialisation especially if combined with cross training.

Due to modern life even the less athletic amongst us tend to overuse certain parts of our body, whether it's driving, computer work stations or X-Box many people develop poor posture and restricted  movements. So passive stretching and MET can bring long term benefit to anyone not just athletes.

Trigger Points

Trigger Points are tender locations on the body that are created by dysfunction or tension, once created they can then lead to further dysfunction elsewhere in the body. 

A trigger point is (as defined by the pioneers of the technique; Drs. Janet Travell and David Simons).

“A highly irritable localised spot of exquisite tenderness in a nodule in a palpable taut band of (skeletal) muscle.”

These hyper-irritable localised spots can vary in size, and have been described as “tiny lumps,” “little peas,” and “large lumps”; they can be felt beneath the surface, embedded within the muscle fibres or other soft tissues. If these spots are tender to pressure, they may well be “trigger points.” The size of a trigger point nodule varies according to the size, shape, and type of muscle in which it is generated.

Failure to clear Trigger Points will almost certainly result in a reoccurrence of an injury and risks it becoming a chronic condition

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