Sport Massage Helston offers a combination of holistic therapy (aromatherapy), instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization (IASTM) and sport massage therapy, and to reduce fatigue from sport or work related activity.

Essential Therapy treatments, reduce recovery time from injury, and strengthen the immune system, enabling a quicker return to work or sporting activity.

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The main focus of Sports Massage is to help alleviate the physical stress within specific muscle groups around the clients’ skeletal body and to enhance performance. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, it can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether one is an athlete, ardent keep-fitter or a once a casual jogger. Deep massage causes the pores in tissue membranes to open up, enabling fluids and nutrients to pass through. This helps remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourage the muscles to recover quicker.

Here at Essential Therapy we use sports massage, assisted stretching and other soft tissue modalities; to assist clients to recover from sport and work related activity. None or our treatments are intended to be painful. The old adage “no pain, no gain” is an ancient myth. Depending on the required outcome sports massage can be divided into four main categories:

  • Immediately before physical activity (Pre-Event)
  • Between activities i.e. triathlon or tournament (Inter-Event)
  • Immediately after activity (Post-Event)
  • Injury prevention (Therapeutic)

A sports massage is more invigorating than for instance, Swedish massage. The goal of Sport Massage is to prepare, treat, and maintain the athlete. The three main objectives of treatment are:

  • Improve the Circulation:
  • Reduce Muscle Tension
  • Calm the Athlete

Pre-Event - performed anytime from a half hour to two hours before the event. Quick, energetic techniques are used to enhance an athlete's warm-up. Massage will increase muscle stimulation, circulation, flexibility, and range of motion. This reduces muscle pain, soreness, and mental tension and prepares the athlete for their performance. Deep tissue massage has both strong physiological and psychological benefits. Massage can improve the immune system by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, as well as improving the perceived fatigue level of the athlete. Thereby allowing the athlete to feel recovered more quickly.

Inter Event & Post-Event –The techniques used are a more calming procedure to aid muscles in returning to their natural state. This can also calm the athlete down from the adrenaline of performing. Circulation is increased to aid in elimination of toxins to prevent muscle soreness, fatigue, and spasms. Recovery after competition involves not only tissue normalization and repair, but also general relaxation and mental calming. A recovery session might be 15 minutes to 1 1/2 hours in length.

Therapeutic - this uses different techniques to aid an athlete throughout their training. Myofacial release, neuromuscular therapy, trigger-point therapy, assisted stretching all help keep an athlete in prime shape. Some techniques are used to promote injury rehabilitation, and reduce scar tissue, from previous injuries or trauma, which can negatively affect muscle, tendons, and ligaments leading to inflexibility of tissues, which become prone to re-injury and pain.

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