Your first sports massage appointment begins with an initial consultation. The consultation for sports massage takes approximately 5 minutes and includes information about your health, the type of massage you prefer, and your goals from treatment. We will ask you about any massage therapy you have received previously and how you responded to that treatment.
Following the consultation is a short assessment of your posture, muscles and joints. This typically consists of feeling for affected areas so that the massage treatment is focused and effective for you. The assessment is really important, because it enables us to determine the areas of your body that are most affected, and what massage techniques will produce the best results for you.
The type of sports massage and how it is performed will depend upon your preference and what you hope to achieve from treatment. Sports massage can be fast, medium paced or slow, utilising light, medium or deep pressure. This will be discussed in more detail during your consultation.
The treatment plan is usually discussed at the end of your first visit. It will advise how often you would benefit from sports massage, and when you should return for your next treatment. The treatment plan will also include advice on things to do after your massage, such as what foods to eat, drinking plenty of water, resting and advise on exercises that may be helpful.