Sports Massage

Sports Massage Treatment Castle Bromwich, Birmingham

About Sports Massage

Sports massage involves the professional application of traditional massage techniques, including effleurage, petrissage, friction and tapotement. It is beneficial for people who participate in regular physical activity, and for people experiencing muscular aches and pains. A sports massage treatment includes a varied amount of pressure, ranging from light to firm depending on the individual needs of the patient. Sports massage isn’t painful, it will leave you feeling relaxed, revived and recovered.

  • Relax, Revive & Recover

  • Beneficial For Aches & Pains

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Helen Gaston Sports Massage Therapist

Hi, my name is Helen Gaston, I specialise in sports massage treatment including sports, remedial, deep tissue and pregnancy massage techniques. I’ve gained many years experience helping sports people, office workers, expecting mums and people seeking massage therapy for optimal health, relaxation and well-being. I provide massage therapy for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, and I’m great at making you feel relaxed and comfortable if you’re nervous, unsure or new to massage therapy. I hold a professional diploma in sports massage, and I’m a member of the Complimentary & Natural Healthcare Council and Sports Massage Association.

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My Sports Massage Treatments

Our sports massage therapist provides sports, remedial, deep tissue and pregnancy techniques

Sports Massage

Sports Massage

Sports massage involves a range of massage and stretching techniques that can be relaxing or invigorating depending on the aim of the treatment. Light to firm pressure is typically used in sports massage. This type of massage is beneficial for muscular aches and pains, as well as general health, relaxation and recovery.

  • £45 per 60 minutes
  • With Helen Gaston
  • Pressure: Medium – Firm
remedial massage

Remedial Massage

Remedial massage is an aspect of sports massage. It involves a range of techniques to achieve relaxation of both body and mind. The pressure used in remedial massage varies from light to firm depending upon your preferences. This type of massage is beneficial for tired, aching muscles from work, posture and stress.

  • £45 per 60 minutes
  • With Helen Gaston
  • Pressure: Light – Firm
Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage involves the use of slow, deep pressure applied to restrictions within muscles and fascia. Deep tissue massage is another aspect of sports massage. It is beneficial for aches and pains that haven’t responded to lighter types of massage, and leaves you feeling relaxed, revived and recovered.

  • £45 per 60 minutes
  • With Helen Gaston
  • Pressure: Firm 
Pregnancy Massage In Birmingham By Helen Gaston

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage involves the use of traditional massage techniques, utilising specific positions and techniques to ease muscular pain and tension during pregnancy. Pregnancy massage is a safe form of treatment for both mum and baby, and leaves you feeling relaxed, relieved and ready for a good nights sleep.

  • £45 per 60 minutes
  • With Helen Gaston
  • Pressure: Light – Medium

Sports Massage Techniques

Sports massage involves the professional application of traditional massage techniques, including effleurage, petrissage, friction and tapotement. All of these techniques can be applied superficially or deep depending on the aim of treatment. Click to find out more.

Effleurage involves long, stroking movements at the beginning and end of the massage treatment.  It is used to scan the tissues for problem areas, and to slowly warm up the tissues before more vigorous techniques are used.

Petrissage is a type of kneading technique. It is deeper in compassion to effleurage, and involves squeezing, shaking, wringing and rolling the muscles. Petrissage is used to encourage relaxation of deeper layers of the sort tissues.

Friction is a small, deep movement applied at specific areas, where densification or fibrosis has been detected with the lighter efflourage and petrissage techniques. Friction releases specific areas that are often describes as ‘ muscle knots’.

Tapotement is a hacking technique using both hands to alternately strike a muscle. Tapotement has a vibrating effect on the muscles so it is somewhat invigorating. It is typically used at the end of a treatment session to stimulate the patient.

How Can Sports Massage Help You?

Sports massage can help you overcome these common aches and pains

Sports Massage Benefits

Sports Massage provides many health benefits, including physiological benefits for the body and physcological benefits for the mind. Benefits for the body include easing muscular tension and improving blood and lymph circulation. Benefits for the mind include a notable reduction in stress and tension during and after treatment. Sports massage should become a regime for everybody who likes to live a healthy, active lifestyle.

  • Relaxation of Muscles 

  • Reduce Stress & Tension

Book An Appointment

Book your osteopathy or sports massage appointment using our booking system. Alternatively, talk to our practitioners on 0121 747 2802

Sports Massage FAQ’s

People are often unsure what to expect from sports massage, especially when seeking treatment for the first time. Below we’ve answered the most frequently asked questions we receive about sports massage – we hope you find it helpful. However, if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Sports massage is also known as soft tissue therapy and sports and remedial massage. Sports massage is the name used to describe the profession and the fully qualified therapists who provide sports massage treatments. Because of the name, there is a general misconception that sports massage is just for sports people.

The professional qualification standard for a sports massage therapist in the UK is a level 3 diploma in sports massage therapy. In addition to being fully qualified, sports massage therapists must hold professional and public liability insurance and keep their knowledge and skills up to date with continued profession development. The Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council set the required standard for massage therapists in the UK. Members must operate to the code of conduct, ethics and performance which includes appropriate case history taking and post treatment advice.

No. Sports massage should never be painful, although some areas of muscle tension can be uncomfortable. To avoid any unnecessary discomfort, good communication between patient and practitioner is essential. In order to achieve optimal results it is important to use just the right amount of pressure.

Sports massage is a natural, non invasive form of treatment. However, contraindications do exist, meaning that in certain circumstances, it is not possible to conduct treatment or it must be modified in order to mitigate any potential risk to the patient. Contraindications to sports massage include: skin wounds, history of cancer, rheumatological conditions and recent surgery.

If you would like to learn more about sports massage you may like to visit the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council, the regulator for massage therapy in the UK. Additionally, the Sports Massage Association is the professional association for sports massage therapists.