Once again, I’m handing over the Beauty Expert Banter reins, to the very knowledgeable, very capable and extremely lovely, Lindsay Redman, our resident Sports Massage Therapist and Nutrition Consultant. I’d like to say I’m taking the time out to do something nutritious and sportified, but I know you wouldn’t believe me. Enjoy dear reader, see you next time.
Sports Massage (it’s not just for the Sporty)
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live” is a quote often bandied about the internet. After the excesses of Christmas it can feel like a bunch of unwelcome squatters have moved in too. The New Year is a great time to re-think how you live, work, exercise and eat. Taking steps to develop a healthier lifestyle can pay enormous dividends by reducing stress and improving your physical health. These alone have endless long term benefits.
Sports massage can complement your regime, even if you’re not ready to sign up to the local gym, because Sports Massage isn’t just for the sporty. Poor posture after a long day of sitting at a desk can leave your body as exhausted as one suffering the after effects of a Boot Camp workout. The deep tissue technique can revitalise muscles and ligaments belonging to even the most ardent of couch potatoes.
Not only does sports massage re-oxygenate muscles, it also takes care of the ligaments and tendons and releases the fine sheath, called fascia, covering the entire muscular system. When this is out of alignment all sorts of unpleasant aches, pains, even injuries, can occur. Massage, applied skilfully, is the most effective therapy for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the musculo-skeletal system, and if received regularly, it may help prevent injuries, which might otherwise be caused by overuse. A constant build-up of tension in the muscles from regular activity may lead to stresses on joints, ligaments, tendons, as well as the muscles themselves. These muscle imbalances may develop and often go undiagnosed until they are serious enough to cause discomfort.
Sports massage can help keep you supple, strong and flexible. It’s a small step in the right direction, a well- functioning body will be more receptive to increased activity and the more energised you feel, the more likely you are to stick to a healthy and balanced regime.
Lindsay is at Scarlett & Stone every Tuesday between 9am – 7pm and alternate Saturdays from 10am
First published, Dunmow Bystander Magazine January 2016