Sports massage consists of manipulating body tissues, muscles, ligaments and tendons to realign muscle fibres, connective tissue and eliminate toxins.
Pre work-out sports massage promotes muscle health that offers the body relief from the stress caused by moderate to intense training and competition.
Post work-out muscle fatigue is the main cause of pain. In this instance the massage has detoxifying effect that help’s muscle fibres recover, metabolic waste is eliminated from the body and improved blood flow is promoted that return’s nutrients to cells facilitating the body’s regeneration.
Regular sessions can increase joint mobility, flexibility, reduce the risk of injury before, during and after exercises and address the damage that stresses in everyday life cause to our bodies and muscle tissues.
At all times you will be treated with care, skill, dignity and respect, and you have the right to withdraw from your session/treatment at any stage or seek a second opinion. If any part of your massage doesn’t feel right or is painful, please speak up right away. You are also welcome to bring a family member, whanau, friend, caregiver and/or interpreter to your session.
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When you visit your Massage Therapist for the first time your therapist will have a discussion with you regarding your general health and what you would like to achieve from the massage therapy session followed by some clinical tests that will give direction as to the best possible treatment for you and to ensure that massage will be appropriate and will not cause you any harm. These tests also serve as a baseline to provide a measure of the treatments effectiveness in light of your goals.
The therapist will then inform you of the treatment plan and will explain what it involves, what outcome they are aiming from the session, what parts of your body will be uncovered, how you will be draped, clothing that may need to be removed and what level of discomfort (if any) you may expect from the hand’s on portion of the session.
If you don’t understand any aspect of the session/treatment, please ask your Massage Therapist to explain it further. They will then leave the room to leave you to disrobe. You will be expected to leave your underwear on and to lie on the massage table covered in a large towel or sheet. They will then knock to check you are covered before entering the room. They may offer music to assist with relaxation and may also dim the lights especially if you are lying on your back.
Yes, sports massage works well with physiotherapy, chiropractic and osteopathy. It can also be used in conjunction with acupuncture. However, you should inform the massage therapist and any other healthcare professional of the treatment you are undergoing to ensure the treatments complement each other.
Unfortunately massage Therapy is not covered by ACC
Some forms of massage can leave you feeling a bit sore the next day. But massage shouldn’t ordinarily be painful or uncomfortable. If any part of your massage doesn’t feel right or is painful, speak up right away. Most serious problems come from too much pressure during massage.
Massage is all about making you more comfortable and reducing pain, if you find your massage sessions are increasing your discomfort over the long term then please let your massage therapist know immediately. More information can be found in Visiting a massage therapist for the first time.
All massage therapists are trained to drape/cover their clients so that only the part of the body they are working on will be exposed. If this does not happen, you should ask to be covered or ask your therapist why you are not covered. If you are not satisfied with the answer you can terminate the appointment.
Massage is a healthcare practice that needs clothes to be removed as it involves using oil, massage waxes and lotions. It is a ‘whole body’ treatment which requires direct contact between the therapist and client. It is usual for the therapist to leave the room while you undress and get on the table. It is not always necessary to remove all clothing; this depends on what your massage needs are at the time of treatment. Even with a full body massage you can leave your lower undergarments on.