Who is sports massage suitable for?
Amateur and professional athletes alike use sports massage to help them recover from injuries or intensive training, reduce pain and prevent further damage – as well as to warm up, cool down or relax before or after exercise. Sports massage can help even if you don’t exercise regularly.
What’s the difference between sports massage and normal massage?
Patients normally ask if there is a difference between a regular massage and a sports massage. The difference is less candles and aromatherapy, more release of muscle tension; the therapist will use a deep and intense technique, which results in the mobilisation of the tissues.
How often should you get a sports massage?
Most elite athletes get at least one massage per week. For most amateur athletes who still take their sport and training seriously or regular gym-goers, once a week to once a fortnight is recommended. For most people who do regular light exercise once every two, three or four weeks is usually sufficient.
How long should a sports massage last?
How Long Does a Sports Massage Last? The length of your sports massage depends on a variety of factors, but generally, each session will either be thirty, sixty, or ninety minutes long. A thirty-minute session is usually long enough if you have met with the therapist before and only want a small area worked on.
How long does it take to become a sports massage therapist?
You could take a Level 3 Diploma in Massage or Complementary Therapies. The Council for Soft Tissue Therapies (GCMT) is the governing body for massage therapy, and it sets the standards for the profession. GCMT suggest you take a course that lasts at least 6 months full time, or 12 months part time.
Should I eat before sports massage?
Do not eat a heavy meal or drink a large amount of liquids in the hours before your massage. Deep tissue massage requires intense pressure, which can be uncomfortable if your stomach is full or trying to digest a large meal.