Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers about Massage Therapy in general and about Ultractive Sports Massage specifically.

There are many benefits of massage, physical, mental and emotional. Here are some benefits that are believed to help:

Physical Benefits

  • Helps identify areas of trouble  to help reduce the risk of injury
  • Can relieve muscular soreness and aches and pains
  • Can help muscles relax so your range of movement increases and you have greater muscle flexibility
  • Believed to reduce muscle fatigue helping to recover faster from hard workouts/events
  • Can help to eliminates tightness, stiffness and spasms in the muscles allowing you to do more of the things you enjoy
  • Helps to overcome muscular dysfunction which is believed to aid in athletic performance
  • Can help to improve blood circulation and lymphatic drainage
  • Believed to remove metabolic waste from tissues helping speed up the recovery process
  • Can improve sleep and recovery rate
  • Can reduce pain signals sent to the brain
  • Believed to alances the nervous system to relieve stress and aid in relaxation
  • Can improve oxygen and nutrient delivery to tissues to help them repair quicker
  • Believed to improve circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids; strengthens the immune system
  • Has been shown to breakdown any adhesions which may cause pain

Emotional Benefits

  • Can help with anxiety due to helping the body relax
  • Can help reduce depression
  • Believed to revitalise your mind
  • Can help your overall sense of well-being
  • Educates yourself through self-care tips and other useful information about your body

Mental Benefits

  • Encourages a relaxed state of mental calmness
  • Can help to relieve mental stress
  • Encourages awareness of your body and mind and overall wellbeing
  • Become more tuned in with your body to recognise stress signals and deal with them
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There are many benefits of massage, physical, mental and emotional. Here are some benefits that are believed to help:

Physical Benefits

  • Helps identify areas of trouble  to help reduce the risk of injury
  • Can relieve muscular soreness and aches and pains
  • Can help muscles relax so your range of movement increases and you have greater muscle flexibility
  • Believed to reduce muscle fatigue helping to recover faster from hard workouts/events
  • Can help to eliminates tightness, stiffness and spasms in the muscles allowing you to do more of the things you enjoy
  • Helps to overcome muscular dysfunction which is believed to aid in athletic performance
  • Can help to improve blood circulation and lymphatic drainage
  • Believed to remove metabolic waste from tissues helping speed up the recovery process
  • Can improve sleep and recovery rate
  • Can reduce pain signals sent to the brain
  • Believed to alances the nervous system to relieve stress and aid in relaxation
  • Can improve oxygen and nutrient delivery to tissues to help them repair quicker
  • Believed to improve circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids; strengthens the immune system
  • Has been shown to breakdown any adhesions which may cause pain

Emotional Benefits

  • Can help with anxiety due to helping the body relax
  • Can help reduce depression
  • Believed to revitalise your mind
  • Can help your overall sense of well-being
  • Educates yourself through self-care tips and other useful information about your body

Mental Benefits

  • Encourages a relaxed state of mental calmness
  • Can help to relieve mental stress
  • Encourages awareness of your body and mind and overall wellbeing
  • Become more tuned in with your body to recognise stress signals and deal with them
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Simply send me a message and I will be happy to find a date and time that suits you.

Treatments are available by appointment only.

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(for example, fatigued, aches and pains etc) The more information you can give at this stage the better.

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(daytime, evening, weekends only)

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My appointments vary and I aim to be as flexible as possible., no week is ever the same. I can offer daytime appointments and evening appointments. Normally my last appointment in the evening is 8.30pm. I can even start as early as 8 am in the morning if necessary. I can also work weekends and often have availability Saturday afternoon and Sunday evenings. Just ask and we a discuss a time to suit you.

There are three offerings from Ultractive Sports Massage, 30 minutes, 45 minutes and 60 minutes.

When scheduling your massage, please talk to me first and I can recommend the most appropriate session length, depending on your situation. A 60-minute session is the most popular but may not be suitable initially for your individual needs.

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Sports Massage is a process not an ‘outcome’ and should be an integral part of your training or lifestyle regime. However if you have a specific injury you may need a few regular sessions to help reduce the pain to a minimum. This could range from 3-6 sessions.

The suggested process for recovery and affordability is one every 4 weeks.

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I gather personal information from clients in order to ensure that the treatment I give is safe and it complies with the terms of my insurance. The data I collect is name, and medical and health information, both historically and current as well as any medications you may be taking. After treatment I will write brief notes on what treatment was given. The information is kept electronically password protected. I use this information to ensure that treatment is appropriate and safe to you and I can rely the correct aftercare advice. I do not use any of your data for any other purpose or use your information for promotional or marketing purposes or chare your information with third parties.

I ask for 24 hours notice if you need to cancel an appointment, or 50% of your treatment fee will apply.

Yes, I have easily accessible free on the street parking.

Yes but only at my discretion if they have been referred from someone I know for safety reasons. When you first enquire it is important to let me know who you have been referred from.

My treatment room is located in the Rivelin Valley area of Sheffield. I am really easy to find, near to Malin Bridge tram stop, 2 miles from the city centre and also 2 minutes walk from the regular 95 bus route.

You may feel sore or tired after your session, this is perfectly normal.  It is similar to the feeling when you’ve had a workout, after all, I have worked out your muscles! I will always advise on aftercare measures to help you recover from a massage.

Some clients feel deeply relaxed, or ‘floaty’. like they are walking on air. You may feel emotional, again this is normal. Or you may feel cold after a massage as the massage has encouraged blood to flow near the surface of the skin causing heat loss.

Please note that although I offer ‘water’ after a massage, this is not to ‘flush out the toxins’. Your body does not contain ‘toxins’. You may feel dehydrated, or headachy and you may feel like you need a drink (non-alcoholic) but we are not flushing away any ‘toxins’.

After a few days, you may feel energy levels have increased, stress and anxiety levels may lessen, any digestive issues may subside, you may sleep better, and have increased mobility alongside less pain.

As with exercise, the benefits of massage can increase with regular treatments. As your body understands the massage treatment you may have a greater awareness of your body, whether that is deeper relaxation or increased gains in overall wellness.

Every client is different. Some clients can do exercise a few hours after a massage, some it takes 2 days. I often suggest no less than 4 hours (unless you are getting a pre-event on the day massage) to allow your body to recover.

However take note of how you felt after your first massage, tell me on your next visit and we can work through when is suitable for you to return back to exercise as well as when is most suitable for you to have the massage. It also depends on what type of massage you are having, the depth of the massage and duration of the massage.

Prevention is better than cure. I prefer my clients to come and see me and not be ‘injured’ or ‘in pain’. However, I do tend to see more clients ‘in pain’ than those coming to see me who are being sensible and have regular treatment. Clients tend to wait for an injury to build up then decide to do something about it rather than prevent it in the first place.

If you take time to address your muscular tension that can build up from busy daily lifestyles, our ‘inactive’ work ethics or ongoing sporting activity. improve your strength and movement, address lifestyle issues, and ensure any minor aches are addressed before they become a bigger issue you will feel better, happier and pain-free

You do not have to be an athletic person to benefit from a sports massage. I can help to improve clients’ lifestyle by helping to minimizing pain and educating the client on ways to stay healthy. So if you are experiencing pain in the neck, shoulders or anywhere and do not regularly do exercise, sports massage may still be for you. Please contact me for details. Remember every massage is tailored to the individual need.

Kinesiology taping (or K taping for short) is the brightly coloured tape that you can use practically on every part of the body. It is a good sticking plaster that when combined with other therapeutic modalities it has been shown to help circulation, support muscles and help heal and prevent further muscle injury.

It is highly elastic and self-adhesive and is meant to support muscles and fascia at the same time to allow freedom of movement to help healing. Because of its properties, it can be used for intense workouts and in the swimming pool too and can last 3-5 days.

The techniques for using K tape all depend on the individuals’ needs. Anatomical knowledge of the muscle function is important to apply the tape correctly so maximum benefit is gained. However, you can be trained on how to apply the basics of the lower extremities of the body quite easily.

Studies have yet to prove its efficacy and some experts have suggested there may be a placebo effect in using the tape, with clients believing it will be helpful. However it is worth a try, there are no side effects and if it doesn’t give you any relief then you’ve not lost anything. I do not charge for K taping, however, I will only apply it if I think it is necessary

Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) uses specifically designed medical grade stainless steel tools to help detect soft tissue dysfunction. It has been proven to give greater depth of mechanical force transmission and research suggests that it can lead to faster tissue healing & repair restoring muscle and tissue balance. It can help remodel scar tissue to help reduce pain and increase range of motion. It’s not a stand alone treatment but to be used with hands on sports massage.

The tools are used to stimulate your bodys’s natural healing processes. The tools allow greater precision of treatment and can often release tight sports and specific areas that other soft tissue techniques may not be able to reach.

IASTM is a similiar and somewhat seamless transition in your massage treatment. It may feel strange at first, however once the body gets used to the feeling it may feel similar to using the hands and at times the client may not even notice that tools are being used. There may be some redness after treatment but this normally goes away within a day or so.

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