Sports Massage Therapy
Colleen Melody-Robinson LMT Simsbury, CT
Sports massage is a type of Swedish massage which is used to increase circulation of blood and lymph fluids. Some sports massage methods also use trigger point therapy to break down adhesions, release trigger points (knots) and increase range of motion.
There are different Sports massages for different needs, but basically there are four types:
- Pre-event sports massage: a short, stimulating massage usually done 15 - 45 minutes before the event. It is applied to the parts of the body that will be involved in the activity.
- Post-event sports massage: given within an hour or two of the event, to normalize the tissues.
- Restorative sports massage: given during training to allow the athlete to train harder and with less potential for injury.
- Rehabilitative sports massage: aimed at alleviating pain from injuries and returning the body to health.
Pre and Post Event
Rehabilitative and Restorative
I will often utilize cupping therapy in most rehabilitation or therapeutic sessions as well. Using the cups is a great way to introduce "negative" pressure that pulls up rather than pushing into the tight or injured areas. The benefits of this kind of therapy is increased blood flow and oxygen to the tissues which activates the body's healing response. Cupping is especially beneficial on old injuries with built up scar tissue and adhesions, but it also works great on areas of normal built up tension or trigger points. It can feel a little strange at first, but most clients find it very relaxing and less painful than traditional deep tissue techniques.
I usually use silicone cups which I keep moving over the area so you won't get the traditional cup marks or "kisses" like you would with the stationary cups that are placed on the area for up to 5 minutes. I do have the stationary cups as well for the more stubborn issues or client's that need more focused work. You might look like an octopus attacked you for a couple of days afterwards, but you'll feel so much better.
Colleen is the best!
"Simply stated, Colleen is the best! I have been dealing with lower back issues for about six years now and have never felt comfortable with anybody working on my back (extensively trained physical therapists included). But after seeing Colleen, all I have to say is wow. She is very tuned into her clients, their specific needs and comfort levels. She is also very well informed about different physical conditions that people may have. So whether you're looking for a relaxing massage or for someone to help ease your chronic pain, Colleen is definitely your chick!"
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