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Your massage will begin with a series of faster lighter strokes to soften the muscle. This simulates muscle sensors and makes it more supple to work with. It also relaxes the client and makes the client more comfortable for the whole treatment.
Muscle tissues work by sliding past each other but when muscles become ‘tight’ they don’t move as freely, are in a state of strain, or contraction. These stokes work deep through the layers of muscle, encouraging nutrients to the area by increasing circulation. As a result, it also flushes your lymphatic system, exporting cell waste products to be consumed by your lymph nodes.
'Tight' muscle tissue often feels hard and / or tender and can give rise to ‘knots’. Sports massage is great for reducing these knots using trigger pointing techniques which allow the surrounding muscle to relax. If the muscle tissue has had damage then scar tissue may be present, like a scab on the muscle. This excess collagen can too be removed by various massage techniques.
Don’t be worried if you masseur starts using a massage gun or a funny looking piece of plastic. These masage tools are often used to help mobilise the tissues and treat the deeper muscle layers, whilst protecting the masseur’s own thumbs and joints.
Your masseur may guide you through a few joint mobilization techniques either just before or immediately after the actual massage element. These slow steady movements stimulate blood flow to the area and can prove the effectiveness of the massage treatment itself.
In some instances, you may benefit from you treated muscles being stretched out afterwards. Your masseur is trained to guide you through these so that they raise the effectiveness of the massage element whilst working within your comfort zone.