Sports massage should play an important part in the life of any sportsperson as it has the potential to boost performance and extend a sporting career. Before considering the potential benefits a sport massage has to offer, it is important to recognise that massage itself is not only for injured individuals, but can also offer numerous benefits to uninjured individuals who are looking to enhance their sporting performance.
As running is a repetitive activity that stresses the body, numerous problems can occur such as general aches and pains and reduced flexibility. The deep massage, pumping and stroking movements improve circulation, remove waste products and improve elasticity.
Massage Therapy is a comprehensive intervention involving manipulation of the superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques, stimulating circulation and local blood flow. The aims of massage;
Treating and preventing physical dysfunction
Developing, maintaining, and enhancing physical function and movement
Aiding the healing process
Decreasing muscle reflex activity (muscle tension and/or spasm)
Inhibiting motor-neuron excitability
Promoting relaxation and well-being.
Helen Price - Sports Massage Therapist MFHT
Helen is an accomplished fell and ultra-distance runner who has completed many of the most demanding off-road challenges in the UK, including the notorious Bob Graham Round, Fellsman and multiple ultra-distance races. She has also competed in the legendary Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) with excellent finishes in the CCC and TDS.
She became interested in sports massage having observed the recurrent running injuries of her husband (also a keen off-road runner) and in many of her Harrogate Harriers clubmates, correctly determining that many of these injuries and muscular problems were preventable.
She qualified in Holistic Massage in 2006 and then again as a level 3 Sports Massage Therapist in 2010. She is also a qualified UK Athletics/Fell Runners Association accredited Leader in Running Fitness and First Aider.
Helen’s passion for running gives her a huge empathy with other sportspeople and runners in particular. She is very intuitive and has an exceptional “feel” for muscular problems, enabling her to treat them in an effective and timely manner.