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Frequently asked questions

What are the origins of sports massage?

Massage has been used with athletes and warriors for thousands of years. In ancient Greece athletes used massage before and after competing while the Romans recognised the benefits for injured gladiators.

Sports massage first came to the public's attention during the 1924 olympic games when Pavo Nurmi won 5 gold medals in one day, with only a 30 minute break between some events. Nurmi credits special massage treatment as one of the important components of his training.

Through the 1950s and 1960s the Russians and East Germans developed sports massage techniques which are now mainstream.

Now the typical club tennis player and Sunday morning footballer can improve their performances by using a sports masseur.

Who can benefit from massage?

Many elite athletes use sports massage to help them. Because it is now affordable it can now benefit participants in all sports at all levels.

What can I expect during the massage?

During your consultation, your masseur will talk to you about what you can expect.

Your treatment may involve manual manipulation of your muscles and limbs.

Is it painful?

Due to the nature of the deep muscle tissue manipulation it can be a bit uncomfortable at first. However, your body will respond as muscle stiffness decreases and flexibility increases. The masseur should not cause you significant, prolonged pain.

Can I only expect physical benefits?

Psychological benefits can be huge. There can be an increase in self-esteem and self perception as an athelete.

What about after the treatment?

To gain maximum results from your massage treatment, try to rest afterwards - this helps your body's natural healing process.

Drink plenty of water to help flush away toxins.

If you have any queries, don't hesitate to ask your masseur for advice. They will often advise on exercises to help or to avoid during training or rehabilitation.

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