Ellen Shearon LSSM. (Dip) YMCA RSA ITEC TaTh Sports, Remedial & Deep Tissue Massage Sports Massage at the Remedy Room The prime purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body's soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, it can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether one is an athlete, ardent keep-fitter or a once a week jogger. This treatment is not just for the sports person: anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious (occupational, emotional and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries). Sports massage tends to be deeper and more intense. It is based on the various elements of Swedish massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response techniques similar to Acupressure and Shiatsu. I am also qualified to use manipulation; ultrasound, taping and strapping and hot stones. I bring together this blend of techniques, knowledge and advice during treatment, to work effectively and individually with each patient to bring about optimum performance and to provide injury-free training and minimise post event injuries. Benefits and Effects Maintenance Massage:A regular massage treatment programme based on the therapist's understanding of anatomy and of the muscles used in a given sport or job and which are likely candidates for trouble. By concentrating on particular muscle groups I can help you maintain or improve range of motion and muscle flexibility. Rehabilitation:Even with preventative maintenance, muscles cramp, tear, bruise, and ache. Sports massage can speed healing and reduce discomfort during the rehabilitation process. Soft tissue techniques employed by sports massage therapists are effective in the management of both acute and chronic injuries. My journey into the world of fitness began when I qualified as a Fitness Instructor (RSA), with the YMCA (RSA). Over the years I have taught various classes in South London, from Step; LBT and aerobics. I now teach Pilates (Stott); ViPR and Zumba and am currently studying for a diploma in Personal Training. I believe that knowledge is the key to understanding and that you can never know too much! I trained as a Sports Massage Practitioner with the London School of Sports Massage in 2001 and I was very pleased with the grounding and tools I left with. Coupled with my knowledge and experience of playing sport and teaching fitness classes I have used these tools and knowledge to good effect with my patients, but every day brings me something new to learn and experience. Nothing gives me greater pleasure and satisfaction than one someone becomes pain free after treatment and, even better, leaves me with the knowledge of how to prevent an injury recurring.