Massage is an ancient form of treatment which has stood the test of time. Some of the oldest records from China and Egypt show basic massage techniques, and massage in Europe had a renaissance in the early 1900’s with the formation of the more scientific (at the time) Swedish massage schools. The term ‘massage’ is really an umbrella for a number of different types such as Swedish massage (traditional), aromatherapy (using special oils), lymphatic drainage massage (targeting swelling), connective tissue massage (addressing scars and scar tissue) and sports massage described here.
Although massage has been used for many years as part of physiotherapy, Sports Massage is a more recent development. Sports massage as the name suggests of often used in those who exercise regularly, whether young or old. The aim of this type of massage is to assist the natural body processes of recovery from exercise (post event massage), or to prepare the body for activity (pre event massage). Generally similar techniques to general massage are used initially, but then these progress to firmer actions which focus on muscle and tissue placed more deeply in the body. On some occasions the focus is deeper still, and Sports Massage (SM) can be progressed to Deep Tissue Massage (DTM) if required, where massage tools are often used as well.