the body sage
SPORTS MASSAGE FAQs
What should I wear for a sports massage?
Loose comfortable sportswear is ideal, or anything that can be removed or easily rearranged. For hygiene reasons we’d prefer it if you avoid having a sports massage straight after a workout or while wearing dirty work clothes.
Does a sports massage hurt?
It might, but it really depends on the problem being treated. Some injuries can be quite painful, but it’s always the aim of the therapist to ensure the treatment is effective and enjoyable.
Will sports massage help with non-sports injuries?
Yes. It doesn’t matter if you did it while exercising, sneezing or just sitting at your desk.
Why is it called Sports Massage if it's for everyone?
Sports massage was developed to treat athletes based on scientific theory and reasoning, and as such can be applied to any injuries of a similar nature regardless of cause.
Is there a consultation on my first appointment?
If you have a serious or more complicated injury then we would have to spend more time diagnosing the problem.
If your problem is less serious then there would be a short chat about the symptoms and your treatment options. For most problems, we tend to prefer to get on with your treatment while working out the finer details as your treatment plan progresses.
What if you can't fix my problem?
It does occur when an injury requires more specialist treatment than we can provide. We pride ourselves on being open and honest with our customers in these situations, and as such we will always refer you accordingly.
What is the difference between a sports massage and a deep tissue massage?
Sports massages and deep tissue massages are similar, however sports massages are usually directed towards relieving pain from one specific issue.
Is there any scientific proof that acupuncture works?
Yes, plenty, but it’s worth noting that scientific community is still undecided on many claims due to the difficulty of studying it. If you have a specific condition it may be advisable to research its effectiveness in treating your particular condition or giving us a call first to discuss your needs.
What does acupuncture do?
There are too many benefits to list, but one of the most interesting things that acupuncture does is to help reduce the amount of pain you feel. It does this by acting on the pain control centres of the brain. It also helps stimulate blood circulation to the area being treated, which is a really useful aspect when dealing with muscular injuries.
What if I’m scared of needles?
It’s worth noting that an acupuncture needle is nothing like a hypodermic needle used for an injection. They are much, much smaller. Ten or more needles would fit inside a standard hypodermic needle.
Can you explain how a treatment is performed?
Typically, you’ll be experiencing pain somewhere which the therapist will check over. When their assessment is complete they will insert needles into specific locations in and around the affected areas. The needles may be kept in place for up to half an hour while you relax and enjoy the results.
How big are acupuncture needles?
The needles we use are between 25-75mm in length and between 0.22-0.33mm thick. By comparison, a human hair is about 0.1mm thick.
Does it cost extra to have acupuncture?
No. All treatments at The Body Sage Clinic are the same price and include acupuncture if requested or required at no extra cost.
Can I book an acupuncture session on its own?
Yes, just let us know if that’s what you want, or if booking online select the appropriate appointment from the list of options provided.
Is it safe?
If done correctly, it’s very safe. All our acupuncture therapists providing this service are qualified, experienced and insured.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a method of Chinese medicine. In acupuncture, fine needles are inserted into your bodies lines of energy to relieve pain.
What is acupuncture used to treat?
Many diseases and disorders can be helped with acupuncture procedures. These include arthritis, headaches, chronic fatigue, digestive disorders and more.
How is dry needling different from traditional acupuncture?
Acupuncture currently has more definite research than dry needling. Dry needling is used by therapists to reach trigger points. Acupuncture is a Chinese medical method used to help treat health conditions. The procedures are very similar, the best option for you can be decided depending on what your symptoms are.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE FAQs
Do you use any other forms of massage therapy besides sports massage?
Yes. We also use Chinese Tui Na, Dry Cupping Therapy, Myofascial Cupping Therapy, and on occasion a little bit of Gua Sha. If there’s a technique that works for a particular purpose we’ll use for that purpose.
What conditions does deep tissue massage treat?
If something hurts or just isn’t working properly, then we can probably treat it. If we can’t, we’ll tell you what you need to know and/or refer you accordingly.
I've had a deep tissue massage from a Swedish Massage Therapist in the past, how is what you do any different?
Swedish massage can be great for relaxing as it focuses on the largest sensory organ in the human body – the skin. Sports massage and Swedish massage may share some similar techniques, but on a deep level are very different treatments.
Do you do full body massage?
No. A full body deep tissue treatment takes a couple of hours to do properly and is exhausting for the therapist and client! In our experience, shorter targeted treatments are more effective.
What other forms of deep tissue massage are there?
Many traditional ethnic forms of massage can be considered as deep tissue, although many also utilise a deep stretching component. The most common ones would be things like Thai massage, Turkish massage, Shiatsu and Chinese Tu Na.
I'm confused as to what sort of massage I require, how do I know what to choose?
If you’re unsure what type of treatment you need, give us a call, we’re happy to give advice!
Are deep tissue massages good for athletes and what are the benefits?
Yes – deep tissue massages relieve muscle pain and tension and improve connective tissue healing, therefore they are ideal for athletes. At The Body Sage, we offer specialised sports massages.