Sports massage is a form of massage that can greatly benefit someone regularly engaged in physical activity. It is designed to correct imbalances in problems in soft tissues of the body (muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments) that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma. Sports massage, prior to and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury.
Who can benefit?
Having said that sports massage is of benefit to those involved in physical activity, it is also of benefit to everyone, not merely for sports people. The specific benefits of sports massage include:
Muscle tension release
Removal of waste metabolites (such as acetic acid and carbon dioxide)
Reduction in discomfort from DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) as a result of vigorous exercise
Improved posture and flexibility
Breaking down of scar tissue
Increasing tissue permeability
Release of enzymes
Improved tissue elasticity
Relaxation (physical and mental)
Rarely do you find a more motivated and a professional therapist like Howard. He is not only technically very good, but he also possesses great inter-personal skills.
M. Nielsen (Spa Director, La Manga Club Spa, Spain)
I cannot emphasise strongly enough the benefits of Osteopathy and deep soft tissue massages. For a number of years I have used in tandem both of these treatments during injury and as a general ongoing maintenance to prevent injuries.
Howard has been one of the practitioners at the practice I go to in Hatfield (The Hatfield Practice) and the treatment I have received from him has certainly helped me.
Graham (Runner with St Albans Striders)
I have been seeing Howard for sports massage for a number of years. Howard is excellent at pinpointing the trouble spots and is one of the best masseurs I have come across. A weekly session with Howard keeps my body in shape for competition.
F. Lawrence (Ironman World Championships 2008 finisher)
Howard has really helped to keep me on the road over the years and I'd recommend him to anyone. As a regular long-distance runner and triathlete, I always have tight and tired muscles, but after every session I leave with legs feeling much looser and fresher. He's not afraid to make you hurt a bit to really get at those tight spots!
A. Greenwood (Serpentine Running Club)
I have the pleasure of working with Howard at events and have taken full advantage of his skills. Any treatment, from manipulation to massage, I received from Howard has been a success and long lasting on the many issues I have. So much so he is always in immediate demand when we meet up! Thanks Howard.
C.Styles-Coles (Sports Massage Therapist at Human Race sports events)
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Nigel (Head Coach at the Civil Service Rugby Club)