Phew! What a year it’s been. We don’t think anybody could have predicted how this year has turned out and even with lockdown and an unusually extended period at home for our salon team, it’s safe to say we’re all exhausted as we move out of Summer and into Autumn… but lucky for us we have a secret weapon to keep us going as the days get shorter and the nights get longer…
Richie Stoneman Sports Massage and Soft Tissue Therapy is coming back to Beauty and The Bleach in Bideford for selected dates. We can already feel the knots, aches and pains being kneaded out of us! Richie is BTEC level 5 qualified in clinical sport and remedial massage and if you’ve been lucky enough to be on his table before and experience what he can do for muscular pains and aches, then you’ll know how much of a new person you feel once he’s worked his magic.
If you’ve not been so lucky yet, you might be thinking ‘what is a sports massage?’. ‘How does it differ from a usual massage?’ Well, keep reading and you’ll find out exactly what it is and how it can benefit you…
To put it simply, sports massage is a form of massage which is specifically aimed at people who regularly engage in physical activity by manipulating the soft tissue. The soft tissue in our body is connective tissue that hasn’t hardened into bone or cartilage, which mainly includes skin, muscles, ligaments and tendons. Sports massages will help to correct problems and imbalances which might build up in soft tissue that can be caused by repetitive or arduous physical activity or trauma which could be the result of a sports injury, or something else.
Soft tissue therapy, whilst incorporating sports massage will also include other techniques including a discussion about the issue and a movement assessment. This then helps to formulate the best treatment plan for you as an individual and often includes soft tissue massage if it’s right for your course of treatment. Other techniques which might be used to help treat your pain can be soft tissue release and muscle energy technique, amongst others.
Both sports massage and soft tissue therapy is accessible to everyone, whether you are regularly putting your body under physical stress or whether the demands of everyday stresses and life puts you under increased pain or discomfort - all the little things add up and which put a load on the body whether you realise it or not. It’s also something that can help with medical conditions for people who have chronic pain such as Fibromyalgia and other conditions.
Sports massage and soft tissue therapy can have a positive effect on performance, whether that be for work, for sports or even at home. They are both big factors in the management, prevention and recovery of injuries, stresses, aches or pains that may be holding you back in these areas, or simply putting you in regular discomfort. If you feel that parts of you ache more than others during strenuous activity, then this might be the treatment to help you move through that, as well as being guided on movements and exercises you can perform yourself to lessen the load and make things easier for you in everyday life or a specific activity.
How regularly you should have treatments is down to you, but factors taken into consideration should be what’s causing the issue, how long you’ve had the issue and how your body responds to treatment.
The benefits of sports massage and soft tissue therapy really depend on the individual, which is what makes Richie so fantastic, as he’ll work with you to identify the areas which hold you back so he can not only help with the initial pain, but also how you can manage this and help prepare your body for the activity which brings on the aches, pains or even stress, so that it responds in a positive way to the sudden change in activity levels. Not only can you see benefits physically, but it can even help improve your mental health too. The main benefits we could recommend to our wonderful clients would be:
Richie is next in the salon on the 3rd October with spacing filling up fast, so if you want to save your space to feel like a new you after one of the best sports massages Bideford has to offer, then make sure you book now. If you can’t make that, please get in contact with us and we can let you know when Richie will next be joining us in the salon.
If you have any questions about Sports Massage and Soft Tissue Therapy with Richie then don’t hesitate to get in touch! We’re always happy to answer questions, whether it’s about the treatment itself or whether it’s about a specific condition which you’re interested in a remedy for.