FRQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can you suggest some exercises to get me started?
Although I haven’t listed lots and lots of exercises here I do post extensively on my other web site manicworkouts.com don’t be put off by the site title “Workouts for Maniacs” you don’t have to be a maniac to use them and the techniques described work equally well for women as they do for men.
I don’t want to end up with huge muscles, is weight training for me?
First off you need to understand it takes a great deal of effort to grow huge muscles and if you are a women it’s not possible at all without using androgenic substances (that’s steroids to you and me). As you become more accustomed to weight training you will soon realise the extra effort and dedication required to build an oversized physique and where you need to be in order to do that.
I’m not sporty at all – is sports massage for me?
Yes, quite possibly! Sports massage is a no-nonsense massage that deals directly and efficiently with the muscles. Sports massage is so-called simply because it is a style of massage popular with sports people. Like sports people we all have challenges – physical, mental and emotional, so it is entirely appropriate that we give our bodies the same quality of treatment!
Whether you’re a bodybuilder, a pregnant mum or a stressed out, desk bound office worker, the treatment is designed around your specific needs. You can expect a tailor made session everytime.
Do I need to choose what sort of massage treatment I’m going to have?
No. You are unique and so is your treatment. I will have questions for you questions every time I see you and your progress toward well being will govern the treatment process.
And you needn’t worry, I’m very good at spotting discomfort and making you more comfortable is what sports massage is all about
What conditions does Sports Massage treat?
Here’s just a few conditions sports massage can treat;
Work-related overuse injuries
Pregnancy related discomfort
Accidental injuries e.g. whiplash
Breathlessness/tightness in chest
Back, Neck & Shoulder pain
Postural strain & imbalance
Painful disorders of joints & muscles
Hip & Knee pain
Pain of chronic illness & disability
Arthritic pain & Rheumatism
Can I get a sports massage in the evening after work?
Yes, but book early if you can! Evening clinic appointments are the most popular, with those between 6 and 8pm filling out the fastest. However, it’s ALWAYS worth calling up for a last minute sports massage as occasionally there are spaces or last minute cancellations. (please note that cancellations giving less than 24 hours notice incur the full charge).
Are men better than women at sports massage?
With the correct training it makes no difference whatsoever. VTCT Qualified therapists know how to use their bodyweight. This means that they don’t have to be ‘heavyweight’, to deliver the thorough massage they need.
Should I choose a male or female sports massage therapist?
Some people may choose a therapist of their own sex for reasons of faith, religion or personal preference. Otherwise it will make no difference to the quality of your treatment.
Do you do sports massage home visits?
What do I wear for a sports massage?
Generally you should wear as little as possible during your treatment, especially when working on glutes (buttocks) or hips but sensible underwear is always a good start. During the session you will be covered with a towel to retain your modesty, which is removed only to allow access to the area of the body that is being worked on.
The most important thing for me is that you feel comfortable during your massage, whether you remain fully clothed or decide on wearing your birthday suit.
Does sports massage hurt?
Sometimes sports massage can be a little uncomfortable, but it is only ever a ‘good’ pain – that is you will instinctively know it is doing good. Please remember that you are always in charge, so if you’re uncomfortable in anyway just say and we’ll go a different way. Often clients will report having gone for a massage treatment with other styles of massage therapist and found it unsatisfactory, as it was far too light and not deep enough. There is certainly a place for this type of massage but it is not something I find my clients requesting very often. Of course if you want it light, or lighter, just say, I give a massage therapy that’s beneficial to my clients individual needs, not one that I deem appropriate.It isn’t unusual to feel a little post massage soreness for a day or two after a deep tissue massage. This is normal and shows that useful work was done – and that the body is healing! 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 just tell me, it really is no problem to work around.
Why is chest massage so important for eradicating shoulder and back pain?
Shoulder pain is a common complaint and can be relieved by working into the chest and armpit areas. This makes the chest feel more ‘open’ and releases the shoulders, allowing the back and shoulders to strengthen and reclaim their correct position. Whenever you receive a massage from me, I will actively encourage you to take part in your own treatment—including your feedback prior to, during and after the therapy. Part of massage treatment is helping you “feel” your body a little better, helping you to help yourself over time. I offer a considered and effective value for money treatment that you will want to tell your friends and loved ones about!
Do you do deep tissue massage in Manchester?
Yes. I have trained to the highest independent VTCT sports massage and personal fitness training standards recognised in the UK and I am a member of the International Institute of Sports Therapists and I am mobile.
Will you offer follow up support or advice after my sports massage treatment?
Yes. All my clients are encouraged to remain in touch via email or telephone. Even if you’ve had only one treatment you’re more than welcome to get in touch for advice or referrals to at any time. You might need to revise certain points and actions from an earlier session or focus a future session on a particular set of issues.
What sort of massage lotion do you use and why?
I generally use a generic blend of soya bean and wheat germ oil developed for face and body massage. It’s a low odour, colourless, light, non-staining oil that washes easily out of fabric. It soaks into the skin and won’t leave you feeling greasy; rather it has a pleasant moisturising effect, leaving skin smooth to the touch. That means when you come for a massage you won’t leave oily and smelly.