At the start of your session we need to take a case history and do an assessment. We will talk about your reasons for wanting a sports massage and any factors that may have contributed such as your profession, lifestyle or past injuries. We'll talk about any loss of movement, discomfort, or pain you may be experiencing.
You will need to fill in a form and provide contact information and some medical details. This is to ensure that you don't have any contraindications that will prevent you from receiving a massage.
Most first appointments will include a postural assessment. This can sometimes be done through clothing but you may need to undress to your underwear. Should this make you uncomfortable, you are most welcome to bring a pair of shorts and/or a vest top. During the assessment I'll look at your range of movement around the affected area, your posture and how it may contribute to the problem. I may test for muscle shortness, weakness or inhibition.
From the information gathered from the above we'll make a treatment plan.
For the massage, generally, you will need to undress to your underwear. However, depending on the areas to be worked on you may only need to undress part of the way. You will be covered with a towel throughout the massage with only the area being worked on being uncovered.
To get the best from your sports massage you will need to give feedback as to the level of any discomfort you may feel. You may need to move into a different positon several times during the session or take part in stretches. Sometimes, I will apply hot or cold compresses.
At the end of the massage we may retest to assess changes to range of motion. You may be given an exercise or two to do at home to help you with your problem. After your massage, you may feel soreness in the areas worked on but this should dissipate within a few days.