Sports Massage

Sports Massage is suitable for anybody who enjoys a deep massage, not just for athletes.

massagemarathonValued by both athletes and people who don’t play sport but feel aches and pains due to work related activities such as sitting at a computer for many hours at a time.

There are many claims made about what massage actually does – the evidence is questionable, however many people are confident that it helps them feel better and ready to train / compete again or even manage their lifestyle.

So we’re not going to make up any supersonic benefits or repeat dodgy claims – but encourage you to try it and make up your own mind. As we like to say – the evidence is often questionable, but the most important person is you;

“n=1”  so why not give it a go?

I've had lots of massages over the years - The Impact Team are by far the best! I would highly recommend them. After working on my calves I was able to walk 4 miles completely pain free - it normally hurts after just 3/4 minutes -- Elaine O'Leary

Remedial Massage

Soft Tissue techniques are incorporated such as Soft Tissue Release (STR) Neuromuscular Technique (NMT) and Muscle Energy Technique (MET). Remedial Massage can sometimes be uncomfortable, but is applied in a way that you will instinctively know is beneficial.

Even though sports massage and remedial massage are separate techniques they are commonly combined during a massage treatment for the desired outcome.

Your first appointment: The recommended time for the first appointment is a minimum of 45 minutes (preferably 60 minutes) as this will include consultation and assessment.

Sports & Remedial Massage Pricing

  • 30 minutes - £27

    • Various massage techniques directed to specific area
    • Gluts and lower limbs
    • Gluts and back
    • Back and shoulders
    • Upper back, shoulder and arms
    • Upper back, shoulders and neck
    • Pre / Post event massage

  • 45 minutes - £32

    • Recommended for your first appointment
    • Mini assessment and focus on specific / general areas
    • Variety of massage techniques used to achieve maximum effect

  • 60 minutes - £37

    • Extended appointment to allow all main areas to be massaged with various techniques

Our massage therapists

Sara Bostock MSc, BSc, MISRM

Sara can be seen at all three of our clinics. She is based at Pride Park on a Friday afternoon and Saturday morning but the rest of the time she is flexible between the sites.

Sara graduated from Brunel University in 2007 with a BSc in Sports Technology, she moved to Loughborough and completed a MSc in Sports Biomechanics in 2009. She has since qualified in Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy level 5 and is a full member of the Institute of Sports and Remedial Massage, ISRM.

isrmSara is a very competitive netball player and umpire competing in many local leagues and at regional standardfor a Loughborough based team. She is also an ex-competitive swimmer and competed at county level for Derbyshire so fully understands the aches and pains the body is put through for sport.

“I enjoy adjusting a massage treatment using different techniques and knowledge from sport and my studies to suit the individual. Everyone deserves quality treatment and I endeavour to achieve this so that the client is happy with the therapy provided.”

Marcus Drake

Marcus is based at our Long Eaton and West Bridgford clinics.

 

Marcus is a highly qualified, versatile therapist and masseur with a decade of experience ranging from working in elite team sports environments to treating club-level sports people and members of the public.

He has an excellent sporting background as a nationally ranked Judo player, a discipline in which he has attained the rank of competitive black belt 3rd dan. His involvement in the sport taught him the importance of massage to aid injury prevention, as well as its benefits as an effective aid to performance and rehabilitation.

Between 2008 and 2011, Marcus was employed by Notts County Football Club as Head Sports Therapist and was a member of the first team staff during Notts’ League Two Championship winning 2009-10 season. His time managing the individual requirements of a squad of players through highly demanding football seasons gave him an insight into the psyche of professional sportspeople, as well as teaching him the importance of tailoring treatment to an individual’s needs.

Having worked at high profile events in the entertainment industry, Marcus is experienced at dealing with clients of all levels and needs. Performers have to be able to cope with the aches and pains of repetitive performance and relentless travel, and Marcus has worked with artists ranging from Iron Maiden and WWE Wrestling to Girls Aloud and the cast of ‘Chicago’!

Now working in private practice, Marcus gains a great deal of enjoyment from using his knowledge and skills to help other people, whether that’s by assisting their performance in competitive sport or helping them to cope with the stresses and strains of modern day life.

And now has forged further links in the Local Nottingham Sports Fraternity, Working with West Bridgford Rugby Club and the Jawaid Khaliq Boxing Club

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m not sporty, can I still have a sports massage?

YES!

Sports massage is so-called simply because it is a style of massage popular with sports people. Whether you’re an Olympian, casual gym user, desk bound office worker or stay at home mum, you deserve the same quality treatment tailored to your needs. This being sports massage, remedial massage or a combination of the two.

What conditions do your massage therapists treat?

Its OK to have a massage with the following complaints

Muscular pain, Back, Neck & Shoulder pain, Stiff neck, Sore Shoulders, Hip & Knee pain, Painful disorders of joints & muscles, Stress, Headaches, Sciatica, Sports injuries, Tendonitis, Frozen shoulder, Accidental injuries e.g. whiplash, Pain of chronic illness & disability, Arthritic pain & Rheumatism

If you are unsure as to whether you should see a masseur / physio then please ask when you book your appointment.

Are men better than women at sports massage?

With the correct training it makes no difference whatsoever. The correct use of bodyweight allows the same correct pressure to be applied by either a male or female.

What do I wear for a sports massage?

The therapist will need access to the required body part. So it is recommended you wear clothing that is easily removed or repositioned. Many clients feel comfortable in their underwear however modesty is maintained at all times by using towels to cover the body. They are only removed to allow access to the area of the body that is being worked on. Body parts such as the gluts are worked on through clothing/towelling for clients comfort and is just as effective.

Females are asked to wear a back fastening bra so that the upper back and shoulders are easily accessed, sports bras can be awkward in this situation. Long or tight shorts are often restrictive so are not ideal as access to the hamstrings/adductor attachments can be difficult.
It is imperative you feel comfortable at all times whether you are suitably undressed or fully clothed.

Does sports massage hurt?

Sometimes sports massage can be a little uncomfortable, but it is only ever a ‘good’ pain – you will instinctively know is doing good. Please remember that you are always in charge so if you’re uncomfortable in anyway please say so and a different approach will be taken

If you want lighter pressure please say, the aim is for you to feel happy with the treatment you are receiving.

It is not unusual to feel a little post massage soreness for a day or two after a deep tissue massage, this is usual.  Common post massage advice includes warming the area with a hot bath or a hot water bottle, drinking LOTS of water and gentle but progressive stretching.

If you are worried in any way about being sore, or have an important event in the next day or two, please do communicate this, it is not a problem to work around.

I am allergic to many massage oils, can I bring my own?

YES however a hypoallergenic lotion is used such as Chemodol.

Chemodol is quite suitable for every kind of skin and easily removable with water. It has a high oil content and excellent absorption properties, thus permitting optimal skin contact. It has a neutral fragrance and does not stain clothing.

If you are worried in any way about being sore, or have an important event in the next day or two, please do communicate this, it is not a problem to work around.

From the blog

30 minutes

£39

45 minutes
(recommended 1st session)

£49

60 minutes

£65

30 minutes

£27

45 minutes
(recommended 1st session)

£32

60 minutes

£37

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