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What is the difference between sports massage and deep tissue?

Firstly, it’s easier to talk about the similarities because sports massage and deep tissue use similar strokes, including kneading, circular movements, tapping and vibrations. Sports massage uses similar methods of manipulating the skin, but is more focused on sports-related areas of pain.

Massage is an integral part of the new athletic regimen, but what’s important is that you get the right massage for your needs rather than specifically being hung up on booking a sports massage. Essential Feeling are highly qualified in a number of techniques that they’ll combine to design a specific programme that enhances your performance by looking at your needs as an individual.

The muscle system is a key part of a quality massage therapist’s training and so they understand what’s the right bodywork for your physical issues and personal goals.

Sports massage is a category of massage therapy that applies deep tissue techniques and soft tissue release, meaning that it uses deep pressure to break down your sticky muscle fibres so they can reheal.

Sports massage simply works on your problem areas. Deep tissue massage concentrates on the area and those surrounding it because it treats your body as a complete entity where one muscle connects to the next.

As Essential Feeling offers a wide range of massage services, and we charge by the hour, rather than the type of massage, you don’t need to get hung up on the different styles. When you come to us, you’ll know that you will receive a massage that will sort out your issues.

Charlie Botha ITEC

Your ITEC qualified massage therapist


Questions & Answers


What do they do in a sports massage?

Sports massage therapist will use techniques associated with deep tissue work and tie this in with their understanding of the science of sports massage in order to
target muscle release and will help improve your flexibility, reduce pain and increase your range of motion.

It’s important to understand that any massage which deals with muscles and injuries isn’t a spa session. We’re going to expect you to move around and interact with your massage therapist so that we can get the most out of your session.


What sports is this good for?

Any athletes can benefit from a good massage. Runners, cyclists (triathletes), boxers and gym bunnies are all part of our client base, but honestly, if you’re exercising, you should incorporate massage into your schedule to maintain your wellness.

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What are the benefits of a sports massage?

*Sports injury prevention and healing
*Muscle system enhancement
*Eases the effects of repetitive muscle use
*Therapy help athletes to perform
*Soft tissue injuries dealt with
*Relaxes and loosens muscles of athletes of all skill levels

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Do I need a sports massage?

If you’re active people, even if you don’t consider yourself an athlete, then a massage is a great idea, however the type very much depends on where you are within your training cycle. We’d always recommend incorporating a massage into your training schedule because it helps you to heal, train harder, and prevent injury.

If you’re completely new to massage, then don’t expect to have any deep tissue work down any closer to a big event than a few weeks.

That doesn’t mean that you can’t benefit from a pre-race rubdown in the seven to two-day window prior to an event, but the pressure will vary.

If you have a massage within 48 hours of your event, then you risk going into it feeling sore. After your event, you can have a massage anything from a few hours post to 48 hours to speed up your muscle recovery.

We can use different massage techniques throughout your season, for example, you could have one style in your season recovery stage, and another in the middle of your training programme to improve your performance.

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How should I prepare for my massage?

If you can come on an empty stomach, it will be better. Not only will you be lying face down during your massage, which can be uncomfortable, but also because a massage will slow down your system, including your digestive system, so eating a heavy meal will be uncomfortable.

Also, it’s not recommended to have deep tissue therapy work and then head off to the gym. Let your muscles relax until at least the next day. So schedule your massage when that works out for you.


How long should I book?

This depends on what you need to be done. A one hour massage session is long enough to cover off one area, so if you’re a runner, then we will do your legs. However, have a think about the rest of your body too because when you run, sure your legs are tight, but also you’ll be suffering with tight shoulders, neck, arms and back from where you unwittingly tense during your training.


How will I feel after?

You’ll more than likely feel sore, particularly after your first few trips. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to panic, it’s normal and can even indicate areas that your massage therapist should work on in future. The pain will lift within a few days and after that you’ll often feel like you’re in a new body!

Definition of sports massage is that it’s administered by a trained massage therapist, not a doctor. If you have an injury and you’ve not yet been diagnosed, we’d always recommend taking a trip to your GP.

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Christine Langan
Christine Langan
17:08 15 Nov 21
I was very apprehensive as had a mastectomy 4 years ago. Charlton was very understanding and instantly put me at ease.... He took the time to explain to me what he was doing and why. The rooms are spotlessly clean. Always respond quickly and will try to accommodate the day/time you more
Matthew Hassell
Matthew Hassell
13:38 27 Oct 21
Superb sports massage and service. Would highly recommend to everyone. My mum gets massages done regularly here and... they’re always well priced and definitely do the job!read more
Maria Martinez
Maria Martinez
18:03 26 Oct 21
Been visiting Essential Feeling for a few years now. Charlton helped to rehab my shoulder post rotater cuff surgery but... in general I have deep tissue massages. I always leave feeling light and brand new. Highly more
Daniel Berkoh-Gyamfi
Daniel Berkoh-Gyamfi
09:14 26 Oct 21
I cancelled my appointment due to illness and I was expecting to receive a refund almost four weeks ago and no refund... issued. Don't waste time calling they don't answer their phone. I understand their services are good. However, very poor customer more
Ellis Evans
Ellis Evans
18:35 28 Aug 21
I came to see Karen after booking in for a double massage for myself and my partner (he's had massages before, I... haven't) and am amazed at how much of difference one session has made already. Karen and Charlton made us feel comfortable immediately and were both so friendly and warm. They were professional throughout and dealt with both our needs separately. We're both keen to visit again.Both obviously very skilled at what they do.Highly more
Adebimpe Bodunrin
Adebimpe Bodunrin
17:27 16 Jul 21
Following my liposuction and tummy tuck surgery, I had lymphatic drainage and deep tissue massages at Essential... Feelings. Charlie was very professional, made me feel relaxed and knowledgeable about what I need to help with healing after surgery. He was very helpful, flexible and a good communicator. I would recommend them for anyone requiring post surgery massages and will go back for other types of massages. Thank you Charlie and more
Dana Caushi
Dana Caushi
19:09 12 Jul 21
I've had a few reflexology sessions with Karen so far this year, and a few sessions in my previous pregnancy. Also a... few massages. Both Karen and Charlton are very friendly and professional. Karen is very knowledgeable and give lots of helpful advice. The place is very cozy/clean and in current situation they are able to meet Covid restrictions. Even my husband went to get a massage. Highly more
Emma Hancock
Emma Hancock
08:29 07 Jul 21
I have always wanted to try reflexology but usually opted for massage instead. However, now I've experienced two... reflexology sessions with Karen, I think I'm a convert! Both sessions have left me feeling calm, restored and well rested. I also had to change the time of my first session and Karen reponded really quickly and was happy to adjust it. I'm really happy with the service and am definitely going to be a new regular more
Manpreet Kaur
Manpreet Kaur
15:23 14 Jun 21
I’ve always been skeptical of massages and whether I’m receiving one that’s beneficial for my body as well as worth the... money. I have to say I wish I could give more than 5 stars because Essential Feeling is hands down one of the best massage treatments I have received as well as worth the money. Being currently pregnant too, I was worried that I would be in more pain after the massage however Charlton ensured that my deep tissue massage was tailored to my needs as well as helped with any stiffness and back pain I was experiencing. Karen was also super helpful during my reflexology massage, ensuring that I was relaxed and bought a lot of the swelling in my feet down. My mother also had a deep tissue massage from Charlton who again tailored it to her needs as she has a bad lower back as well as a lovely reflexology massage from Karen. Me and my mum felt that both massage therapists are very professional and solely cater to the needs of the client. They are both also very knowledgeable in the massages they deliver as well as any issues a person has individually with their body. Absolutely wonderful service and wonderful massages! Will definitely be making a return!read more
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