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Here are the answers to some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) that clients ask either before or during their sports massage appointment.

What is sports massage?

Sports massage is the manipulation of the soft tissue, it focuses on healing your muscles and targets ‘problem areas’ to release tension and reduce soreness.

Do I need to be an athlete to have a sports massage?

No, absolutely not! Ever had an achy back or achy shoulders from sitting at your desk all day or working in the garden? Sports massage can help with that.

Do I need to prepare for my massage?

Dehydration can stiffen muscle which could make the massage a bit uncomfortable so try to sip adequate amounts of water prior to your appointment. Also try not to eat a heavy meal prior to your massage.

What should I wear?
  • Upper body – Male clients will need to remove their top before lying face down on the massage bed. Female clients will also need to remove their top but keep their bra on before lying face down on the massage bed. I will unclip the bra directly before and immediately after the massage.
  • Lower body – a pair of loose-fitting shorts is fine to wear. Any clothing should be easily moved out of the way to ensure that the muscles being massaged are accessible. Underwear must always be worn.

I also drape using towels to protect your clothing from contact with the massage lotion and to ensure you are comfortable at all times.

Can I exercise after my massage?

I would recommend that you wait until the next day to exercise.

How often should I get a massage?

Ideally, I would recommend having a sports massage once a month to ensure lasting benefits. If I am treating an issue e.g. injury recovery, improving range of motion etc then I may need to book you in more frequently to begin with and then move to a monthly ‘maintenance’ massage.

I hope this FAQs section has helped. If you do have any further questions then please just contact me.

If that’s cleared up some queries and you’re ready to make an appointment, please click here to visit Magnolia’s online booking system and select ‘sports massage’.