We are so excited to welcome Clinician Kate Airey to The Treatment Rooms at Middleton Lodge. This January, Kate will be introducing her sports massage therapies to The Treatment Rooms, as well as instructing weekly Pilates sessions in The Old Forge Barn. We chatted to Kate to find out more about what to expect from her sports massage treatments.
There is a common misconception that sports massage is just for athletes and those seriously into their sports, but do we really need to be fitness fanatics to require a sports massage?
“It couldn’t be further from the truth, a sports massage really does have benefits for everyone,” says Kate. “The sports massage treatments we will be offering at Middleton Lodge are finely tailored to embrace the specific needs of each individual client. As a clinician, I will advise each client and provide a home exercise plan that works alongside the massage to make sure they get optimum results.”
It might have been a long time since you kicked a football or picked up a tennis racket, but that doesn’t mean a regular sports massage wouldn’t have some significant benefits for your body. Regular massage can improve mind and body awareness and reduce certain pains related to postural imbalance, such as tension headaches and lower back pain. “Sports Massage can significantly reduce muscle tension, improve flexibility, and reduce stress levels and mood,” adds Kate.“Throughout our lives we often pick up bad habits in our posture and movement. This can be from driving, office based work, lack of movement and of course those inevitable effects of ageing. If you can relate to any of these, sports massage could be an incredible addition to your life.”
And what about those pesky rumours about a sports massages being slightly uncomfortable, sometimes even painful? Kate explains “Every massage is tailored to each client’s tolerance. Those areas of tenderness will be treated with soft tissue techniques, which I would say could be ‘pleasantly painful’. For me, communication and feedback are essential, and again the massage release techniques are tailored finely to each client.”