Sports massage & rehabilitation

As the clinic’s Sports Massage Therapist, it is my responsibility to work with a client in addressing a dysfunction / imbalance / injury to the muscular system of that individual.

As the clinic’s Sports Massage Therapist, it is my responsibility to work with a client in addressing a dysfunction / imbalance / injury to the muscular system of that individual.

My aim is the return of normal function to the treated muscle/s and associated ligaments and tendons. This is done by reducing inflammation, flushing out the build up of toxins and waste products within the muscle fibres, and returning / improving blood supply to the muscles, and any damaged muscle fibres.

Sports Massage is, from my point of view, a stepping stone to recovery – the catalyst, if you prefer. By this I mean that the therapist / client dynamic is one of a team. One without the other cannot fully succeed in achieving the full aims and outcomes of the treatment sessions if rehabilitation is not followed and acted upon by the client once away from the clinic.

POSSIBLE AFTER-EFFECTS OF SPORTS MASSAGE

You may experience some mild effects following treatment, these are nothing to worry about and are all part of the natural healing process. These effects can last as little as twelve hours, in some extreme cases, several days. This is very dependant on age, physical condition, intensity of treatment and prior exposure to such therapies.

Some experienced effects are as follows:

Headaches, tiredness, aching muscles, tingling limbs, heightened emotions, a feeling of lightness in the limbs, slight euphoria, increase in energy levels, lightheadedness (usually when rising from the bench), an increase in urine production, mild flu-like symptoms.

It is possible not to experience any of the above mentioned effects, this does not however mean that treatment has been ineffective.
If there is any concern, please contact the clinic for further advice.

Four steps to follow post treatment:

1. Drink Plenty of Water.
2. Avoid Strenuous Activity.
3. Avoid Tea / Coffee / Alcohol.
4. Eat a Light Meal in the Evening.

These steps will be explained in greater detail by your massage therapist on your visit to the clinic.

ABOUT OUR SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPIST

Qualified in 2005 in Sports Massage Therapy, Personal Training and Fitness / Gym Instruction, Mark has used his extensive sporting background experience in his treatment approach for our clients.

His sports background started as a competitive swimmer with City of Cardiff Swimming Club, after which he then moved into martial arts, ranging from Aikido, Tai Chi, and ultimately Shotokan Karate. His work experience has extended to roles as an outdoor pursuits instructor both in the UK and in the US. On occasion he has also worked as a gym instructor.

It was during his time within the Territorial Army that Mark sustained a grade 2 tear of his calf during a drill night training run. The result of this prematurely ended his time serving with the TA, and also his ability to run any distance beyond that of a quarter-of-a-mile. Ironically it was due to this injury that he was introduced to sports massage therapy as a patient. Both intrigued and impressed with the experience he later went on to complete his own training, and has worked treating soft tissue injuries and problems for runners, cyclists, manual workers, office workers, nurses, military (both former and serving), young and old, to name but a few, right up to present day.

Mark now maintains his own level of fitness with a regime of body conditioning routines and the exploration of new training techniques for rehab use. If you would like to book a sports massage with Mark please call or text us on the numbers provided. 1 hour massage £30.