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Sports massage is designed to break down scar tissue (adhesions) in affected soft tissue (eg muscle, ligaments, and tendons). When the scar tissue is broken down this improves the flow of blood and lymph fluid, which lets the injured muscle stretch and enhances flexibility. 

What are the benefits of sports massage? 

Sports massage is most beneficial in realigning soft tissue fibres. Injury tends to lead to lengthened and/or stiff fibres. Breaking them down allows the new fibres being produced to be at optimal length, ie. a natural length! 
Having the muscle fibres treated will not only lengthen them but will give you more range of movement within that area

Does a sports massage hurt? 

There’s always someone who tells you that sports massage is really painful, causes bruising, and isn’t pleasant. But in reality, this shouldn’t be the case. In order to create the lengthening of the muscle fibres, yes, there may need to be a bit of pressure placed on the muscles, but it’s all about the techniques you use and the way they’re performed. 
Using a slow tempo is the best way of performing sports massage with the most minimal pain as this makes the client feel at ease and there isn’t a sudden, sharp movement upon the muscle itself. 
With breaking down scar tissue, the pressure that’s applied can be uncomfortable, but in the long run it promotes healing and reduces pain and inflammation. 

You're safe in our hands 

A lot of the clients that come to us at Fire & Earth have heard some sort of story about sports massage being very painful or they know someone who’s had a bad experience with sports massage. Fire & Earth therapists are highly trained and will check with our clients to make sure they’re not uncomfortable in any way. If you ever feel pain that you don’t want to tolerate, just speak to your therapist who will find another way to help you. 
We believe it’s part of the job to educate people on the way that sports massage should be performed. We explain that sports massage is designed to improve flexibility, soreness, pain, or any injuries in the most comfortable way possible. Our massage uses a slow and deep tempo and is enjoyable as well as therapeutic. We think that in 2023 more and more people will choose sports massage over anything else in order to get back to peak fitness and keep their bodies healthy. 
It’s important for you to book your sessions with a credentialed and qualified sports massage therapist. These practitioners are specially trained to work with people with various sports injuries and help prevent future injuries related to your sport or activity of choice. Book a massage online now. 
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