A sports massage therapist uses the techniques mentioned in the basic massage techniques in the previous FAQ and will often work with athletes (but not exclusively). They will carry out assessment of injuries and will also include more complex muscle energy methods, trigger points or specialist stretching movements.
A sports therapist or rehabilitator carries out a similar treatment to a sports massage therapist but has further skills following treatment to offer rehabilitation exercises and they will perhaps use other modalities such as taping, heat, ice, and electrical equipment to further enhance the treatment.
Sports Event Massage uses a specific massage to prepare or recover an athlete before, between or following their sport.It can also involve "Pitch-side" which might include; First Aid skills, taping & strapping, or the use of heat & ice.
Remedial & Sports Massage manipulation of the body's deep tissue to reduce muscle tension, increase muscle flexibility, and generally improve recovery.
Advanced Remedial Massage involves more specific techniques and examination procedures used with Swedish, Remedial and Sports massage to treat lesions of joints e.g. frozen shoulder.
On-Site Chair Massage using a specially designed chair to support the fully clothed client. Relaxation first, then re-energised by working over acupressure points on the back, neck, shoulders, head, arms and hands.
Indian Head Massage a traditional method of easing tightness in the scalp and upper body, in a non-intrusive manner.
Swedish Massage the gentle manipulation of the body’s soft tissues, to stimulate circulation and relieve muscle spasm. Swedish massage consists of various movements which form the basis for all massage work.
Aromatherapy the use of essential oils, which work with the body's natural processes, to create spiritual, emotional, mental and/or physical effects. Sometimes a therapist will have had extensive aromatherapy training and be able to use essential oils in a massage that are blended specifically for the individual’s needs. Sometimes a massage therapist will use pre-blended essential oil blends for general relaxation or use them alongside postgraduate training in hot stone or Indian Head Massage.
Reflexology relieving pain and improving pathological symptoms by stimulating predefined reflex points on the feet and hands
Amatsu soft tissue therapy uses various assessment tools to understand the whole body effect that a linear pattern has created. Using a soft gentle approach utilising natural movement to create tiny changes within the structure of the body (soft tissue, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia), the lesion pattern is gently removed.
Biodynamic Massage Biodynamic massage is a psychotherapeutic form of massage concerned with the integration of all aspects of an individual - physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual within the context of an individual's life and relationships at home, at work and at leisure