I remember when I got my first sports massage about eleven years ago now. In a way, it felt a bit extravagant. After all, I wasn’t an elite athlete, I was merely training for my first half marathon and felt I needed a bit of TLC. To me at that point in time, sports massage was for professional athletes, or something that was maybe done after an event to help loosen up sore muscles.

But the truth is, most of us can benefit from sports massage.

These days, I personally use sports massage to help keep injuries at bay. An overworked, tight muscle is at risk of becoming injured, and the last thing I want is to be sidelined for weeks or even months! I’m not an elite athlete, but running is a huge part of my identity and also provides me with much needed time to myself as a busy Mum of two young boys. I’d like it to be in my life as long as possible.

What is it that you love?

It may be a sport, or something as simple as chasing the kids around. You might be aware of feelings of tightness, or not being as mobile when moving in certain ways. Perhaps you have a desk-based job or perform a lot of repetitive movements. Either way, the things we do on a day-to-day basis (some of which we might not even realise we do!) can have a huge impact on how well and for how long we can do those things that we love.

Sports massage can help in so many ways (check out the benefits below!). It truly is for everyone, no matter how you like to spend your time.

Sports massage for everyone. Helping you to continue doing the things you love…whatever they may be.

Sports Massage Therapist

On a physical level (and to get a little technical), there should be an improved flow of fluids such as blood and lymph because of the squeezing action of massage techniques. Adhesions (knots) are also broken down, as massage encourages the separation of muscle or connective tissue fibres that have become stuck to one another. Finally, there will also be an improvement in tissue mobility and the linear formation of tissue during the healing process, due to the stretching of soft tissues in a longitudinal or transverse direction.

What are some of the benefits of sports massage?


Improved range of movement around a joint (for example, being able to reach behind and brush your hair!).

Your muscles will be less tense, meaning a reduction in aches and pains.

Any tight spots or niggles will be improved.

Better performance in your sport or day-to-day life due to this increased range of movement and reduction in tightness.

Relaxation. Sports massage is the perfect way to make time for yourself. During the massage, you’ll experience reduced production of stress hormones as well as a lower heart rate and blood pressure.

Sports massage can be a great psychological boost before an event! Not only does it prepare your body to perform better, but a great massage may help you to feel stronger and more confident in your performance, which may have the effect of actually improving your
performance too!

Reduction in DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) after an event.

Sports massage can help to prevent injuries by treating dysfunctions before they get worse.

Great treatment with the right blend of professionalism and putting someone new at ease. I felt confident in the assessment of my issues, and Rachael explained the treatment and follow up for those issues. The treatment itself was really good! I felt warmed up and relaxed and there was good pressure on the focus areas.


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Let me answer your questions!

Many people believe that you have to be an athlete in order to get a sports massage, but the truth is that you absolutely do not! Although sports massage has its origins in competitive sports, it can actually be beneficial for almost everyone.

These days, most of us spend the majority of our time sitting, or hunched over screens. We might subconsciously always carry our children on the same side (guilty!), or perhaps have a job which involves heavy lifting or repetitive movements.

The truth is, most of us do not move as we are meant to, and so imbalances can occur. This could be postural (which most of us do not even realise we are doing!), or you may notice that your range of movement around a particular joint feels limited or even painful.

Some muscles become ‘lazy’ because we do not use them, and so other muscles take on their role, becoming overworked and prone to injury.

This is where sports massage can help, as I can relieve tension and break down adhesions in these problem areas, leaving you feel much more released. I can also provide you with exercises to retrain your brain to use the correct muscles, and give you advice on how to release tight muscles at home.

If you do happen to be sporty, then sports massage can definitely help as you may be even more prone to different imbalances, or you may often have tight, aching muscles that need a bit of TLC.

In short, sports massage is for everyone!

I remember the first time I had a sports massage, about 11 years ago. I was training for my first half marathon and thought that it would be a nice ‘treat’. How wrong I was! I spent most of the session desperately trying to crawl off the couch, it was that painful.

However, Sports massage does not have to hurt. In fact, it’s better for everyone if it doesn’t. When you’re in pain or nervous about something hurting, you tense up. Massage works best when you’re relaxed, allowing us to work the muscle more efficiently and making for a much better experience for everyone.

During a massage, I will always check in and make sure the pressure is ok for you. You can speak up at any time and request more or less pressure. If your muscles are particularly tight, there may be some discomfort, but it is entirely up to you how much you are willing to take! I might also apply some focused pressure on those ‘knotty’ areas, but again, I’ll check in with you first and will always explain what I’m doing.

Ladies should wear shorts and a normal bra that fastens at the back, unless you are happy removing a sports bra entirely. Men should wear shorts.

The only area that is exposed is the area that I am working on, with towels covering the rest of your body. There is absolutely no need to get naked or to wear that awful disposable underwear that you may have seen at the spa!

I would also suggest that you bring some water.

This is entirely up to you, and of course cost can be a factor. Ideally, I would recommend a massage every four weeks, perhaps more often if you are training regularly.

I do offer massage packages where if you buy a pack of 10, you will receive a discount. Gift vouchers are also available. Please message me for more details!

I am based in the Woodthorpe area of York and also offer mobile appointments to trusted clients. Mobile appointments cover a 10 mile radius from the YO24 postcode and have an additional £5 charge.

For more information, please check out my prices page. In short, my prices begin at £40 for a 45 minute massage and then rise to £50 for an hour. An initial consultation, which I recommend for all new clients, is £50 and includes a postural assessment, range of movement assessment, 45 minute massage, re-assessment and exercises to do do at home. This appointment lasts a total of around 1 hour and 15 minutes.

I’m glad you asked! It can be daunting meeting a stranger and not really knowing what to expect. I hope this information here helps, but if you have any further questions then please do get in touch for a chat.