Qualified in Swedish massage, level 3 in Sports Massage Therapy, VTCT Level 4 in Sports Massage
Sports massage was originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. Sports massage assists in injury prevention and aids the healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons. You do not need to be a sports performer to benefit from a sports massage. The benefits above can also help relieve the many day to day problems; repetitive strain injury, sprains, tension, fatigue, which everyone experiences. My clients range from professional athletes to a wide cross section of the general public. Sports massage differs from other types of massage by focussing on a specific problem area(s) as opposed to the whole body. A firmer pressure is needed to work deeper into the muscle layers, but still within the client’s pain threshold.
There are four types of sports massages: Pre-event this is a short, stimulating massage 15 – 45 minutes before the event; it is directed toward the parts of the body that will be involved in the exertion. Post-event which is given within an hour or two of the event, to normalize the body’s tissues. Restorative is given during training to allow the athlete to train harder and with less injury. Rehabilitative is aimed at alleviating pain due to injury and returning the body to health.
Benefits of Sports Massage:
- Enhance body awareness
- Identify problem areas before they develop into injuries
- Relax and stretch muscles
- Improve range of movement
- Restore suppleness and elasticity
- Relieve pain and stress
- Free muscle adhesions and soften scar tissue caused by injury or overuse
- Improve circulation
- Flush out toxins that cause muscle stiffness and soreness (DOMS)
- Relax the body and mind
- Speed up the recovery and healing process
Sports Massage techniques may differ as you have different needs at different times.
Kate Tosney has over 8 years experience in various clinical and sports settings. She qualified in Swedish massage in 2004, and then went on to gain her level 3 in Sports Massage Therapy in 2009. In 2011 Kate achieved her VTCT Level 4 in Sports Massage Therapy. Since then she has gone on to develop her skills and interest in this field, as well as achieving qualifications in Advanced Clinical Massage, Myofascia Release and Trigger Point Therapy in 2014.
Since qualifying Kate has worked at Saint Helens and Caldy Rugby Clubs, as well as regularly attending running and biking events providing massage.
Kate offers different levels of massage depending on your needs. It can be relaxing to assist with general tension and stress and deeper to deal with sports injuries, training issues or long term tension.
Kate is also a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists.
Kelly has a BSc Honours Degree in Sport Rehabilitation from the University of Salford. (2011) and a Diploma in Sports Therapy from the University of Huddersfield. (2008) She has gained additional qualifications in Acupuncture and Shiatsu and is also trained in the application of Kinesiology tape.
Kelly is a graduate member of the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) and the Sports Massage Association (SMA)
Our sports massage clinic is ideally located in South Warrington, Cheshire, just 1 minute from J10 on the M56 (View Map) Cheshire Natural Health’s fully trained clinical sports massage practitioners treat clients who travel from various locations to use our services, not just the local Warrington & Cheshire areas, including Chester | Manchester | Liverpool | Wirral | Bolton | Northwich | Winsford | Stockport | Wilmslow | Hale | Altrincham | Sale | Macclesfield | Buxton | Wigan | Southport & across the Cheshire & North West region.
Sports Massage Warrington | The benefits of Sports Massage include Relax and stretch muscles, Improve range of movement, Restore suppleness and elasticity, Relieve pain and stress, Free muscle adhesions and soften scar tissue caused by injury or overuse, Improve circulation, Flush out toxins that cause muscle stiffness and soreness (DOMS), Relax the body and mind and Speed up the recovery and healing process.