SF Sports Massage Therapy


Most people have questions about sports massage before booking an appointment. Here are some of the most popular questions we get asked regularly. If you have a question that ISN’T covered, please get in touch.

How often should I get a sports massage?

There is no one-size-fits-all approach for how often you should get a sports massage. They should be dictated by how you feel. For example, you may want one or two if you are nearing the end of a tough block of training to provide some temporary relief, or if you are feeling discomfort and the usual recovery methods have not been working. We offer block booking packages for clients who feel they need them however we recommend that you get in contact to discuss if this is necessary.

Does massage hurt? Do some types hurt more than others?

It can be painful from time to time as you work out bits of tension and ‘scar tissue’ but it doesn’t always have to be. Sports massage can be pretty sore but that kind of pain is usually a bitter sweet pain.

What should I wear to my appointment?

When attending any appointment please wear either sports clothing or clothing that you are willing to remove if necessary.

How to prepare for a sports massage?

There is no preparation needed for a sports massage. Simply continue with your normal daily routine beforehand and make sure you are fuelled and hydrated as usual.

Do I need a chaperone if i'm under 18?
If you are under 18 years old you need to be accompanied by a chaperone at all times. Any relative or friend over 18 years old can act as a chaperone.
Can an adult bring a chaperone to the appointment?

Yes, adults also have the option of bringing a chaperone. They can be their partner, relative or a friend.

What's the difference between deep tissue massage and sports massage?

They are often interchangeable terms that deliver very similar service despite what some suggest. Deep tissue is sometimes referred to as being for multiple areas of the body but we can offer that in our 1-hour sports massage appointments.

What are the key benefits of sports massage?

Pain relief, improvement in flexibility/range of movement, increased recovery from training, releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the musculoskeletal system. It helps get rid of toxins (the build up of lactic acid in the muscle groups) and helps improve the lymphatic drainage system. 

What can I do to prevent injury?

Warm ups and warm downs are crucial. Use heat and cold packs appropriately. Have a m aintenance programme of massages. Rest if you feel you are restricted in any movements. Listen to your body!

Where should I get a diagnosis for my injury?

Get your injury/pain assessed by a qualified professional who is trained to do exactly that. Don’t rely on google for advice and remember that one size doesn’t fit all.

Is a sports massage only relevant if I regularly participate in sport?

Absolutely not – probably half of the cases that come to us are non sports related.

What do you recommend as a warm-up or cool down exercise?

Cycling is a low-impact exercise that helps athletes increase their heart rate and warm up muscles without putting excessive stress on joints to get their body worked up. It enhances blood flow, oxygenates muscles, and prepares the body for the physical demands of sports. 

People use stationary bikes as part of their cooling routine because biking after exercise reduces muscle cramps and chances of injury. This reduces lactic acid build up in turn helps brings down the muscle soreness and aches. 

How long is a sports massage?

The length of a sports massage depends on the individual. Each session is between 30-60 minutes long depending on which you chose when you booked. 

What is scar tissue?

Scar tissue is located and lacks mobility, extensibility and strength. It can feel just gritty or like marbles or in severe cases hard and solid.

What is Fascia?

Fascia is the organ of posture. It’s a fibrous connective tissue which covers and supports the body, essentially providing both shape and form.

Change in the form of thickening and sticking of fibres can occur. This can creep and spread, over a period of time causing a wide spread of rigidity of fascial tissue locking the soft tissues onto positions of strain and dysfunction.  Causing conditions such as poor posture, muscle imbalances which can eventually cause lengthening, weakening and injury.  

What is Continuing Professional Development?

Professional therapists like Savva undertake something called Continuing Professional Development. CPD means they undertake 90 hours of study, research and reflective practice courses each year to help them maintain and develop their skills, and therefore means that they retain the capacity to practice safely, effectively and legally in their scope of practice.


We offer a 10% Discount for students

Take advantage of our block booking discount and save money!

Save £21 when you pay in advance for four 30 minute sports massage sessions - only £119. To book call 07784 910562

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