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We are based at: Your Next Level Fitness
Livingston Rd, Hessle,
Hull, HU13 0EG.
Warming strokes: 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.
Deeper strokes: 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.
Knots & Scar Tissue: ‘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.
Massage tools: Don’t be worried if you masseur whips out a funny looking piece of plastic. They’re sometimes used to help treat the deeper muscle while protecting the masseur’s own thumbs and joints.
Joint mobilizing: 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.
Stretching: 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.
Foam rollers: You may see these being used in the gym or at home, there are many different versions on the market but all do the same thing. Acting like a rolling pin, they are rolled up the required muscle(s) at various paces and depths giving a massage-like effect. Your masseur may use these with you or suggest using one in-between treatments, but they are not as effective as hands-on massage and could cause damage if used without training.
Pre-Exercise massage: Certain massage techniques are used to ‘fire-up’ the muscles before exercise training and sports events. They only need to last several minutes and can form an important part of the warm-up. These ‘hacking’, ‘beating’, and ‘cupping’ techniques are all shown in the video:
It draws blood flow and generates heat in to the muscles, stimulating muscle fibres. Though most commonly used by runners and cyclists, this method can greatly benefit anyone who wants to go into a training session feeling awesome!
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