DR TREVOR C BENNETT
MB.Ch.B, ITEC 4 SPORT AND REMEDIAL MASSAGE THERAPY
Just some oil and
one’s hands – massage must be the oldest of therapies; after all, massage is
basically a refinement of touch, specialised touch.
Swedish Massage: takes its name from the
Swedish physiologist, Per Henrik Ling, who created a scientific system of
massage by combining Eastern and Western techniques in the late 1800’s.
It is a firm,
usually whole body massage, particularly valuable in reducing stress and
inducing relaxation, a general conditioner.
Sport and Remedial Massage: was largely
pioneered in the sports world but the armoury of techniques is of course
equally relevant whether or not the injury occurred on the sports field! Some
remedial massage techniques are also used in other holistic therapies but
remedial massage is one of the least invasive.
Pre and Post Event Sports Massage: this usually means immediately before or after an event, e.g. athletics
or a match of some sort. In this situation the massage is quite different and
usually performed on site, at the event. Deep massage before an event is
counterproductive and tends to reduce performance; consequently, pre-event
massage is light and brisk to warm up and stimulate muscles and circulation.
Similarly after the event – the massage will be slightly deeper (not deep
because of likely tenderness) and more leisurely and relaxing.
However: when “pre-event” means days
or weeks before the event then the massage will be deep with plenty of
stretches using special techniques and will most likely mean a series of
massages leading up to the event; in fact regular massage should be regarded as
part of the training programme.
Contact me at : – “Greenacres”
13 Links Road, Sheringham NR26 8LR,
01263 823645 or 07775788138