Up until now our Manchester personal training location has been at Longfords Gym, Chorlton. Our Sports Massage base has also been right next door, in the old clubhouse of Trafford Athletics Club!
Well, we have changed premises!
Personal training is still taking place at Longfords Gym. However, we have a new and improved space for sports massage.
We now have a nice, private room, specifically for massage, which can be found upstairs in the new clubhouse of Trafford Athletics Club. Although the old space was lovely, as it had a fantastic view of the athletics track...
There were drawbacks to using the old clubhouse for sports massage. The biggest one being that it was a shared space with the athletes from Trafford Athletics Club. So there was limited privacy for massage treatments, as athletes would often be training in the room at the same time.
The new room is now my own private room, just for sports massage! So there's full privacy during massage treatments, and I have plans to spruce it up to create a nice ambience over time as well. Furthermore, there's toilets right next door, and changing and showers below as well. It's still within the grounds of Trafford Athletics Club too, so can easily found by parking in the main Longford Park car park (off Ryebank Road).
My working hours for sports massage bookings are 8am until 8pm on week days, with limited availability on weekends as well.
If you need some sore, tired or tight muscles to be worked on, then you can book a sports massage session using the Chorlton Personal Training Contact form.
Just a quick post today to point you in the direction of a very interesting and insightful video of one of my Chorlton Sports Massage clients.
The video is of Jamal Walters, a young sprinter at Trafford Athletics Club. Jamal has had a fantastic season, being crowned English Schools 200m Champion and North of England 100m Champion. He is also one of the fastest U15 athletes in Britain over 300m, so has great versatility.
The video provides a great insight into the coach / athlete relationship between Iheani Idehiwa (Coach) and Jamal himself.
I can be seen performing Sports Massage on Jamal in the clip, and this was just less than a week to go before the National Championships, as Jamal was struggling with Hamstring trouble following the North of England Athletics Championships. In the end, Jamal went on to run a personal best time in the National Championships and remain injury free.
Jamal Walters is certainly a sprint talent to keep an eye out for. Watch out for his name!
And if you are in need of our Chorlton Sports Massage service, then please leave us a message on the Chorlton Personal Training Contact Form.
Here at Chorlton Personal Training we also offer a Sports Massage service.
Our Sports Massage service is very popular with the local Track and Field athletes at Trafford Athletics Club.
Bearing this in mind, it is worth noting that, as a general rule, athletes tend to have a hard core mentality when it comes to Sports Massage. That is, most athletes take the philosophy that the more painful the massage, the better.
So why is that belief so widespread?
Is it correct?
Should an effective Sports Massage be painful?
First off, it is worth pointing out that pain is certainly not the end goal. As a Sports Massage practitioner, it would be ridiculous for me to simply chase pain for pains sake.
The end goal is to effect a change in the athlete.
Now if the athlete is just a little tired, and carrying a little extra muscular tension at the end of a heavy block of training, then the change we are looking for is more of a return to the athletes normal state of "homeostasis". In this instance, a lighter massage that does not induce much pain may be just the ticket.
Lighter recovery massages may go hand in hand with other recovery modalities such as easy jogging, swimming, walking, cold water immersion or contrast bathing (to name just a few). Different athletes may find differing recovery modalities suit them best. So experiment here, and use whatever method makes you feel good.
However, if an athlete has knotted muscles, poor mobility and chronic tightness, then a more aggressive approach to sports massage may be required.
In particular, if we are dealing with chronic muscle tightness and we are trying to increase muscle length through sports massage and stretching, then we need to view these areas of athletic preparation in the same light as we would with any other type of physical training.
One of the key principles of fitness training is the principle of overload. In order to adhere to the principle of overload, you must subject your body to a stimulus that it is not accustomed to. Generally speaking, this means subjecting the body to a certain level of discomfort.
If you are looking to improve muscle length and flexibility, you need to adhere to the principle of overload in just the same way as you would if you were training for increased strength or muscle mass. This means your sports massage and stretching programme is probably going to be at a level of intensity that results in discomfort or even pain.
Now don't get me wrong. It is not necessary to be all macho about sports massage and induce as much pain as possible. But, a manageable level of pain or discomfort is actually a useful barometer so that the athlete and sports massage practitioner know that the pressure level is about right.
As the athletes muscular system adapts over time in response to sports massage, the same level of applied pressure (by the sports massage practitioner) will result in less discomfort. This decrease in discomfort or pain is a sign of adaptation. Just the same as when it feels easier for an athlete to complete a running route in a certain time. That is a sign of adaptation.
So a skilled Sports Massage Practitioner will gradually increase the applied pressure over time, and can use athlete feedback about pain and discomfort to ensure that the massage is at an appropriate level to continue providing an overload stimulus for that athlete.