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How does sports massage and Pilates work together?

01/11/2017 Massage tips and tricks

Personally, I love Pilates and I love massage so doing both is great!

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on your strength, flexibility, posture and balance. Your core strength is a huge part in Pilates as it enables you to complete all exercises correctly. A lack of core strength can cause all sorts of problems such as back pain, pelvic tilt and poor posture. Pilates helps to build strength in your core in order to improve those symptoms.

What is sports massage?

Sports massage is a type of massage that focuses on deeper layers of tissues. It involves techniques such as kneading, skin rolling and trigger pointing which helps to improve flexibility, reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), prevent injury and break down tension.

Sports massage, in conflict with its name, is not only used for sports people. People who work in an office all day or have a job where they are lifting heavy objects or drive for long hours can also benefit from having a sports massage. It helps to relieve stress, improve posture and increase relaxation.

So how can they work together?

So there are many ways Pilates and massage can work together. I have a listed a few below…

Pilates is kind of like a workout. You don’t realise how hard you’re working until you wake up the next day a feel a little bit sore! This is your DOMS. Sports massage can help to reduce DOMS by relaxing muscles and improving recovery.

If you have only just started Pilates, your muscles may be weak and tense making your more prone to injury as well as worsening your DOMS. Sports massage helps to break down muscular tension by increasing muscle temperature and encourage muscles to relax. This allows the length of a muscle to increase allowing an increase in movement and therefore preventing injury.

Massage helps to improve posture by relieving tight muscles and reducing tension around the upper back and neck. Pilates helps to further improve and maintain your posture by increasing the strength of your upper back and neck flexor muscles. A combination of both will prevent tension and poor posture from returning.

Sports massage can help to massively reduce both acute and chronic pain. Pain can be caused by injury, poor posture, stress, tension and weakness. Sports massage helps to reduce pain by improving recovery post injury, improving posture, reducing physical and mental stress and breaking down tension. Pilates helps to improve pain by improving strength and mobility. Combining both massage and Pilates would ensure pain is eliminated and prevents it from returning.

So there’s probably a lot more I could say on how they work together but I think you can get the gist!

So if you’re interested in how both Pilates and sports massage can help you, get in touch now and feel the benefits yourself!

The Author

Zoe Killian

Zoe is an enthusiastic, reliable and hardworking member of our massage team. Zoe graduated in 2015 from the Michael John Academy with a C&G NVQ Diploma in Spa Therapy Level 3. Zoe had a range of experience treating patients during her Diploma course enabling her to gain invaluable experience in a range of conditions whilst also undergoing intensive massage therapy training. Alongside completing her Diploma, Zoe also took part in a course of training within to further her knowledge and experience in massage. Zoe is a member of the Associated Beauty Therapists enabling her to perform a wide variety of massage types including mechanical massage, lymphatic drainage massage, exercise rehabilitation and kinesiology. Zoe is very passionate about the work she does here and thoroughly enjoys meeting new patients and helping them to overcome any problems they may have. Zoe always believes in providing an efficient and effective treatment for all her patients to ensure all targets and goals are met. Zoe has always had a strong interest in sport which in the past has led her to not only play netball but become head coach of her very own under 16’s netball team! When not in work, Zoe loves to spend quality time with her friends and family.


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