Despite the name, Sports Massage isn’t only for athletes. If you’re feeling tight, sore and just generally like a thorough massage will help, then a sports massage can be just the ticket.
There are a lot of reasons to get massage therapy. A high quality, professional massage is excellent for reducing tension built up from repetitive movements, injuries, stress, heavy lifting, poor posture and other health issues. By releasing this tension we can help to improve joint and muscle mobility, strength and activation. Plus, you feel great afterwards!
The treatment works at reducing tension in more than just the muscles. Sports massage targets the fascia/connective tissue, tendons and ligaments – which can work wonders for your mind and body. We always say that a healthy body is one that is both mobile and strong. Massage helps to restore your mobility and physical performance, allowing you to get the most out of life.
- Neck/back pain
- Shoulder tension
- Poor hip mobility
- Tight muscles
- Post-event muscle soreness
- High-performance sport athletes
What to expect
After booking we will send you an email to fill in online, with questions relating to the massage, your health and areas you want to work on. This can also be done on the iPad in-clinic prior to the appointment.
During the appointment:
First, the practitioner will discuss with you what you want to achieve from treatment and formulate a plan. Then, you’ll be given instructions on how we’d like you to lie on the table and leave the room while you disrobe, get onto the table and cover yourself with the blankets provided.
Treatment methods are varied depending on what the practitioner thinks you need but generally involves stretching and therapeutic massage, deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy techniques. Remember to communicate with your practitioner if you’d like more or less pressure – it doesn’t have to be painful and we’d like you to be as relaxed as possible so the muscles can also relax.
After the treatment:
We recommend you take your time getting off the table, have a glass of water in reception and have a low-key day planned after the appointment. You may feel tired, irritable and a little ‘spaced out’ after treatment and it’s best to not go working out or doing anything strenuous afterwards.
In the days following treatment, you may feel some tenderness, discomfort or bruising. This is normal and is known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). This is a result of increased blood flow to the area, as well as the elimination of toxins and your body healing the area. To help reduce this, keep hydrated, avoid coffee or alcohol after the appointment and go for a light walk to get the blood moving throughout the body.
If you are getting a massage before a big event, please let your practitioner know and we can adjust the pressure accordingly so your performance is not affected by DOMS.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I eat before my sports massage?
Avoid heavy, rich meals prior to your appointment as this can contribute to cramping. Ideally, you would have eaten 2hrs before and you arrive hydrated.
Should a sports massage hurt?
Treatment doesn’t have to be painful, please tell your therapist if you’d like less/more pressure so they can adjust accordingly.
Is a sports massage full body?
This depends entirely on you and what you’d like to achieve from the treatment. We are guided by you.
Will a sports massage get rid of knots?
Yes! Definitely. Often effects are instant, however, some knots may return and take a couple of sessions to fully resolve.
How often should I have a sports massage?
This is entirely up to you and your needs, we can assess this more during treatment and give our recommendation. Most elite athletes will get a massage once a week, others will find that once a month suits them better.
How long is a sports massage?
Treatment options include 30mins, 45mins, 60mins and 90mins.
Depending on your provider and policy you may be able to get some treatments covered. Please check your policy prior, we will supply receipts for all appointments allowing you to claim back with your provider.
I’m not feeling well, can I still get a massage?
We do not recommend getting a massage if you are feeling unwell as this can increase symptoms. Massage stimulates blood flow and circulation, which adds load to the already compromised immune system. Plus, you don’t want to get your therapist sick!
Queenstown & Wanaka Sports Massage
Residents and visitors to the Queenstown Lakes District are known for their high level of activity, whether it be hiking, biking, skiing, recreational or professional. We are a group of highly active and motivated people.
Achieve your goals and enjoy your beautiful surroundings pain-free with the help of a restorative massage – give yourself a little TLC and include this into your wellbeing regime. You won’t regret it!
How to book
Yvane will be working out of our busy Queenstown clinic at 8 McBride Street, Frankton, Queenstown 9300
Call MetaMed Queenstown on (03) 451 1342 to book your appointment or book online here
- 30 mins – $85
- 45 mins – $110
- 60 mins – $130
- 90 Mins – $19