Your Next Event

Posted on 20 August 2013 in Massage Therapy by Jessica Patterson
Jessica Patterson

The Isle of Man is a great place to keep physically fit.  There are numerous coastal paths for the avid walker varying in degrees of length and difficulty.  The mountain biker is spoilt for choice with the collection of off road trails island wide.  A series of physical endurance tests exist in the the Parish Walk, the END 2 END Mountain Bike Challenge, and the Manx Mountain Marathon designed to test the limits of an individual's ability. While the preparation and training regime is paramount to success everything still has to go right on the day or else the entire effort would be wasted.  All the more reason to ensure that you are using everything at your disposal to acheive the goals you set.

The prime purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body's soft tissues during physical activity.  Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse,
massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, it can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether one is an athlete, ardent keep-fitter or a once a week jogger.

Event Massage:

Pre-event and post-event massage therapies are tailored for distinct purposes.  Pre-event treatment is used as a supplement to an athlete's warm-up to enhance circulation and reduce excess muscle and mental tension prior to competition. It is tailored to the needs of the athlete and his/her event and can be relaxing or stimulating as appropriate. Post-event massage, on the other hand, is geared towards reducing the muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that occur with rigorous exercise. Various sports massage techniques enhance the body's own recovery process improving the athlete's ability to return to training and competition, and reducing the risk of injury.


Even with preventative maintenance, muscles cramp, tear, bruise, and ache.  Sports massage can speed healing and reduce discomfort during the rehabilitation process.  Soft tissue techniques employed by sports massage therapists are effective in the management of both acute and chronic injuries.  Trigger point techniques reduce the spasm and pain that occur both in the injured and "compensation" muscles.  Cross-fibre friction techniques can help with healing by improved formation of strong and flexible repair tissue, which is vital in maintaining full pain-free
range of motion during rehabilitation.  In all cases, such massage techniques are employed in collaboration with other appropriate medical care.

If you would like to set up a meeting to discuss how sports massage therapy can help you to prepare for certain event or help you maintain a certain level of fitness please contact the clinic. Furthermore, if you would like to discuss your event having pre-event and post-event massage therpay please contact the clinic.