The aim in sports performance treatments is to prevent re-occuring injuries, reduce recovery time after hard training and increase the body's natural defence systems. This prevents re-occurent colds, flus and viral infections which can affect training and performance. We also aim to target and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the athletes body, improve strength and flexibility in those areas that are weak and teach ancient techniques used by martial artists thousands of years ago to train and focus the mind. Qi Gong breath work is used to increase blood flow through the muscles and tendons. Book into the clinic for a complete assessment and a six week training package. As with any form of massage, the system can focus on specific areas, and with Sports Massage we concentrate on the needs of the athlete's body. With a marked increase in new sports in the last 30 years, and pressure from increased competition, the human body now has to be 'super-human' to maintain its intense regime of physical/mental exercise. Our species is still slow to 'evolve' and this places extra stess on the tissue and bone. This is the arena for Sports Massage to be heard and demonstrated, as it has proven time and time again to help aid recovery, prevent injury and improve performance. Sports massage follows bio-mechanical laws, advanced anatomy and physiology, and an understanding of physical training regimes. By learning these systems and studying the effects of exercise on the body, the Sports Massage therapist is a specialist in their field. It is important to convey our deeper understanding of body maintenance to the athlete for optimum results. All athletes adopt a schedule to enhance their skill, strength, stamina, flexibility and speed. The degree to which they develop these depends on the specific needs of their sport and the level to which it is played at. However all athletes subject themselves to prolonged periods of overload to achieve the results required. Overload is a essentially overuse, this by right has its own inherent problems. Overuse creates imbalance in the body tissues. If ignored these imbalances impair performance, or develop into more serious conditions. Body tissue that cannot perform optimally becomes a risk factor to any athlete's body.
Sports massage is very effective for the release of tension within the muscular-skeletal system. Regular sessions help prevent the build up of this tension, which can easily result in overuse injuries. A constant build up of tension places extra stress and strain on the muscles, liagments,tendons and bone surface. Muscle imbalance leads to structural adaptation, which leads to incorrect posture, gait, structural integrity, and if undiagnosed, can impede performance, causing injury and pain. In addition Sports Massage creates a mental 'wellbeing', due to increased blood flow, waste elimination, and muscle re-alignment capabilities. Regular Sports Massage can: 1) Increase blood flow and encourage lymphatic tissue to rapidly eliminate toxins. 2) Promote greater athletic endurance, aid recovery time, and improve tissue flexibilty. 3) Relieve pain, prevent injury re-occurance, and reduce muscular tension. Contact Anthony to book in for a complete evaluation and treatment program.