sports massage in york

Who is it for?

  • Sports massage should play an important role in the life of any sports man/woman whether they are injured or want to prevent injuries and keep detox and in tone
  • If you suffer from postural injuries as a result of a repetitive movement at work
  • If you are sat in front of a computer all day or on your feet all day
  • Fantastic for post-surgery periods where you have to remain in bed for a few weeks/months, causing muscle wastage, fascia adherences and other weaknesses.

Ana's Sports Massage is very thorough and results driven. Other tools to help your injury may be used too, such as cupping which is the most effective form of deep tissue massage that there is available. Ana treats muscle, tendon, ligament and offers help alleviating and improving structural problems such as scoliosis, hyper-lordosis, hyper-kyphosis...

Beneficial for

  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Neck, back, hip pain
  • Low ROM - range of movement
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis/golfer elbow 
  • Migraines
  • Tinnitus
  • Myofascial pain/stiffness
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Whiplash
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Restless legs

It can also improve the following

  • Mood swings
  • Stress levels
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger and aggression
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of concentration
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Improves athletic performance and enhances recovery

OVERALL BENEFITS

  • Prevent injuries and loss of mobility / flexibility
  • Maintains the body generally in better condition and reduces risk of injuries
  • Cure and restore mobility to injured muscle tissue
  • Boost performance
  • Extend the overall life of your sporting career

PHYSICAL BENEFITS

  • Pumping - The stroking movements in massage suck fluid through blood vessels and lymph vessels. By increasing the pressure in front of the stroke, a vacuum is created behind. This is especially important in tight or damaged muscle tissue as a tight muscle will squeeze blood out like a sponge, depriving the tissues of vital nutrients and energy to repair.
  • Increased tissue permeability - Deep massage causes the pores in tissue membranes to open, enabling fluids and nutrients to pass through. This helps remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourage the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients which help them recover quicker.
  • Stretch - Massage can stretch tissues that could not be stretched in the usual methods. Bundles of muscle fibres are stretched lengthwise as well as sideways. Massage can also stretch the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle, so releasing any tension or pressure build up.
  • Break down scar tissue - Scar tissue is the result of previous injuries or trauma and can effect muscle, tendons and ligaments performance. This can lead to inflexible tissues that are prone to injury and pain. After breaking scar tissue, new healthy tissue is created.
  • Improve tissue elasticity - Hard training can make tissues hard and inelastic. This is one reason why hard training may not result in improvements. Massage helps reverse this by stretching the tissues.
  • Opens micro-circulation - Massage does increase blood flow to tissues, but so does exercise. What massage also does is open or dilate the blood vessels and by stretching them this enables nutrients to pass through more easily.

PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS

Pain reduction - Tension and waste products in muscles can often cause pain. Massage helps reduce this in many ways including releasing the bodies endorphins.

Relaxation - Muscles relax through heat generated, circulation and stretching. Mechanoreceptors which sense touch, pressure, tissue length and warmth are stimulated causing a reflex relaxation

PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS

Reduces stress, releases endorphins, relaxes the mind, improves depression, anxiety and insomnia, improves performance at work, sports and school.

CONTRA-INDICATIONS OF MASSAGE

This is when IT ISN'T RECOMMENDED to receive massage.
  • Virus, Fever, Infection, Contagious conditions: when massaged, the blood circulation is stimulated which can and will cause the virus, fever or infection to spread throughout the system
  • Skin disease, when in crisis
  • Cuts (please cover them with a plaster or something of the kind)
  • Abrasion, sun burn
  • Uncontrolled high/low blood pressure
  • By-pass: unless the doctor gives you green light
  • Cardiac tachycardia: unless the doctor gives you green light
  • Acute trauma/swelling: avoid the affected area, the rest of the body can be massaged
  • Tumour
  • First 3 months of pregnancy as the foetus is not 100% settled in the womb. It can cause miscarriage.
  • Kidney stones: massage can make the stones travel around the bloodstream and can get stuck in a vessel causing a clot that can turn into an embolism which affects the tissues that won't receive any more blood supply.
  • Risk of thrombus: very similar to an embolism but in this case the blood clot is created at the site of origin.
  • Osteoporosis over 30%: this a progressive bone disease characterized by a decreasing in bone mass and density which can lead to an increased risk of fracture. By massaging you are accelerating the deteriorating process.
  • Aneurosa: food poisoning
  • Epilepsy: unless the doctor gives you green light
  • Uncontrolled diabetes

Anyone who doubts of a condition should consult her/his doctor before receiving massage. It is recommended that the person who receives the massage shouldn't drive, operate machinery or drink straight after.

PRICES

Half body (when the injury only involves either lower or upper body)

£30 for 30 minutes

£40 for 45 minutes

£45 for 60 minutes

£65 for 90 minutes

Full body (when the injury involves both lower and upper body, such as a bad back caused by flat feet)

£48 for 60 minutes

£65 for 90 minutes

COURSES

Half body:

5 x 45 minutes £180

5 x 60 minutes £202.50

5 x 90 minutes £295

Full body:

5 x 60 minutes £216

5 x 90 minutes £295

Even though Ana's Sports Massage has a rather holistic approach, a deep Sports Massage can be painful sometimes, it is what we call "good pain"; some people enjoy it, some others start enjoying it after 3 sessions or so. Why not finish off with something relaxing to bring that extra feel-good factor to your session? Take your Sports Massage experience to the next level by adding at least one of this fabulous extras.

 

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PLEASE NOTE: if you have verrucas, athletes foot, fungal nail infections, refrain from booking this session as it could spread and worsen. See full list of contra-indications of massage here.

 

"I had my first Sports Massage session with Ana about a week ago and I have to say it was the best massage I have ever had (and I've had a lot!). I used to get a lot of headaches due to stiffness in my neck, along with some pain in my shoulder, and I can honestly say I feel a hundred times better ever since my massage. Ana managed to work out a huge knot in my neck and I haven't felt any tension there since she worked her magic! I haven't felt any discomfort in my shoulder either. I thoroughly recommend booking a session with Ana, she really does make you feel well looked after and she's made a world of difference to me." Alison F. on the 29/08/16