Birmingham Sports Massage

The Guildhall Practice in Birmingham is regarded by many as the “Go-to” venue for excellent sports massage therapy.

Firstly, we opened our practice in Birmingham city centre in 1993. Since then we have since expanded into Kings Heath and more recently, Edgbaston Five Ways.

The Guildhall is a multi-disciplinary group practice offering sports massage, physiotherapy and also osteopathy.

Every member of the team is absolutely 100% committed to providing the very health care and service too.

Sports massage is a treatment approach that focuses upon tightened muscles and aims to relax and also to stretch them.

It reduces muscle tension, improves your circulation and also helps to increase your flexibility.

Sports people use sports massage to enable them to train harder, recover quicker and subsequently perform better.

However, you don’t have to be a competitive athlete to enjoy the benefits of sports massage.

We are all struggling with the difficult balance between work, home and also exercise. 

Therefore, it is inevitable that something has to give at some point.

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97% of patients; after their first treatment gave 10/10 when asked:

“How likely are you to recommend a close friend or family member?”

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So, what does sports massage do?

Sports Massage can help to reduce the negative effects of intensive training, and also to reduce the risk of injury.

Sports massage can help you in a number of ways.

Firstly, sports massage increases the circulation of blood and lymph.

This increases the amount of nutrients being delivered to the injured tissues and, therefore, more waste products can be removed.

Secondly, the tension within the muscles will reduce, allowing them to stretch.

Subsequently, aching muscles often feel less painful and you should notice an increase in your flexibility.

Last but not least, sports massage causes the release of endorphins.

These not only act as an analgesic they also make you feel “Grrreat !”.

The sports massage therapists are qualified to use a particularly wide range of techniques.

We can, therefore, structure the treatment around you individual needs.

It is possible for sports massage can be either relaxing or invigorating.

Certainly the key element is that we meet your individual needs, and that you are comfortable with the treatment.

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“First and foremost we are a patient-centred practice, and we understand that each patient  has their own goals and aspirations.”.

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The Guildhall Practice team of therapists are certainly passionate about offering the very best service to all of our patients.

We are a patient-centred practice, and therefore, we fully understand that each patient  has their own goals and aspirations.

Finally, rest assured that we will tailor your treatments to meet you individual needs.

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Please find a list of the most frequently asked questions below.

However, please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions that we have not answered.

We look forward to seeing you at the practice.

Does Sports Massage Hurt ?

At certain moments sports massage can be particularly challenging as a treatment.

However, it certainly does not have to be painful.

First and foremost we are a patient-centred practice.

Therefore, it is important to us that you feel comfortable at all times.

Importantly, you must you tell your therapist if you are feeling uncomfortable at any time.

Our therapists are trained in a particularly wide number of techniques. Therefore, there is always another technique that could be used that is equally as effective.

Finally, there’s often a question as to what degree of pressure is optimal for effective treatment.

However, in our experience patient’s preferences vary widely.

The bottom line is, ultimately, the amount of pressure that you as a patient are comfortable with.

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What are the Health Benefits of Sports Massage ?

Sports massage has been found to help in two broad areas.

It has a positive effect on you both physically and also physiologically.

Physiologically.

The flow of blood and lymph flow increases and also muscle fibres are stretched.

Hence, you gain from an increase in flexibility.

Psychologically.

Secondly,on a psychological level it is very effective at reducing anxiety and stress levels. Finally you will fell great because it also leads to the release of endorphins.

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What Should I Expect On My First Visit ?

The Case History.

First and foremost your massage therapist will want to understand the reason you have come for sports massage.

They will take a brief case history to record any current symptoms as well as any historic health issues. In order to ensure that it is an appropriate treatment for you.

Your massage therapist will ask you about how your injury occured and, in particular, factors which may be affecting it.

The case history allows us to build a picture of your health and activity as well as helping to build a treatment plan.

Importantly, based upon your individual needs.

The Examination.

Firstly, we will assess your general posture and your range of motion.

Then your massage therapist will then also assess any specific injuries that you may have.

The Sports Massage Treatment.

Generally patients undress to their underwear for sports massage treatment, however, by far the most important thing is that you are comfortable.

Although we have towels which we can use for your modesty, ultimately, it is entirely up to you what you wear.

Often patients will wear shorts or, alternately, gym wear that can stretch. 

The treatment is structured around your individual needs, therefore you should let your therapsist know if you ever feel uncomfortable in any way.

Finally, sports massage involves a number of different techniques.

You can read more about these in the section below.

Importantly sports massage does not need to be painful.

We can adjust the pressure, or alternatively we can choose to use a different technique.

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What Should I Wear ?

Ultimately it is completely up to you !

From our perspective it’s easiest if you are in your underwear, however, by far the most important thing is that you are comfortable.

We have towels that we use during sessions to retain your modesty.  

However, if you would rather wear more, then people regularly wear their gym kit. The important thing is that it can stretch.

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Who is Sports Massage For ?

Firstly, sports massage is not only for sports people or those involved in competitive sport.  

Most people will certainly experience some degree of muscular tension and stiffness at some point.

Increasingly our sedatory occupational lives and our recreational activities are clashing.

 For example many of us are sitting hunched over a computer all day and then we race out to get to a gym class. Unless you take the time to stretch and prepare for exercise it is likely to result in muscular tightness and pain.

We are here to help !

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Why do Sports People Use Sports Massage ?

Competitive athletes use sports massage as a vital part of their training program.

Improved Recovery.

Firstly, it reduces the time it takes to recover between training sessions.

Better Muscle Tone.

Secondly, it reduces the muscle tone.

Therefore it improves the function of the muscles. Importantly, this reduces the potential of injury.

Injury Resolution.

When an injury occurs, sports massage is effective in supporting an athlete to recover.

Enhanced Performance.

Finally, the combined effects of all of the above lead to enhanced athletic performance.  

So, it’s not surprising that competitive athletes use sports massage as an integral part of their training schedule !

We treat a wide range of sports people at the practice, including international athletes and professional footballers.

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How Often Should I Have Sports Massage ?

It depends on a number of factors, however, in our experience a monthly treatment supported with a regular stretching regime between treatments appears to work well for most patients.

Similarly there are times when we treat competitive or professional athletes multiple times each  week. In order for them to cope with the demands of competition.

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What Conditions Do You Treat ?

Sports related Injuries.

The Guildhall team treat a variety of injuries often as a consequence of trauma.

However, they are frequently due to repetitive use.

Athletes often present with injuries such as shin splints, calf strains and also hamstring tears.

Racket sport patients often struggle with with tendon over-strain injuries. We frequently see patients with tennis elbow, as well as frozen shoulder and rotator cuff injuries.

Dance related injuries.

The Guildhall Practice has an excellent reputation in Birmingham for the treatment of dance related injuries.

For almost 30 years we have been the “go-to” practice for all of the major dance and theatre companies in Birmingham.

We work very closely with the dancers from Birmingham royal Ballet, ACE dance and music and Rosie Kay’s dance company.

The Guildhall Practice is the resident practitioners at Birmingham REP theatre.

Everyone Else !

We all have the vulnerability to have tight and aching muscles.

Often patients book appointments because they have done more exercise than normal. Maybe digging in the garden or doing DIY.

Frequently patients with  sedatory occupations often complain of tightness muscle through their neck and shoulders.

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What Do You Specialise In ?

The Guildhall Practice is widely regarded as being the “go-to” clinic in Birmingham for the treatment of sports as well as dance related injuries.

We are very proud of our long history supporting competitive sports people and professional dancers in Birmingham.

We have worked very closely with Birchfield Harriers, BRB, CBSO, ACE dance and music, Rosie Katy dance company, Birmingham REP and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for over 25 years.

However, we pride ourselves on providing the same excellent care for every single one of patients !

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How Soon After An Injury Should I Have Sports Massage ?

Generally it is best to allow the acute phase to ease before having a sports massage.

The inflammation normally takes about 48 hours to begin to settle.

However, you should always feel comfortable to call the practice and a member of the team will be happy to give you advice.

Importantly applying ice, elevating and resting the injury will generally help to reduce the degree of inflammation.

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Which Sports Massage Techniques We You Use ?

At The Guildhall Practice we use a combination of these techniques.

We will use whichever technique is the most appropriate for you, and importantly, for you individual needs.

Effleurage.

Effleurageis the light contact massage technique.

We often use at the start and also the end of each session.

We use effleurage to generally increase blood flow and people, therefore, find the increased warmth relaxing.

Petrissage.

Petrissage is a compressive movement which is similar to a ‘kneading’ movement.

Consequently, it is certainly a deeper massage technique.

We frequently use this to have a more localised effect on some deeper muscles. It is also useful for encouraging mobility between tissue layers.

Myofascial release.

Myofascial release creates a localised stretch to a particular muscle by applying a gentle pressure.

The technique is particularly effective where the connective tissue has become restricted.

Deep Tissue Massage.

Deep Tissue Massage unsurprisingly involves creating a sustained pressure upon the deeper muscle and also the soft tissue structures.


The technique is very useful for treating long-standing mechanical patterns.

Trigger Point technique.

Trigger Point technique is applied directed to a specific location, in order to affect the surrounding musculature.

They are particularly useful for affecting the larger muscle groups.

Deep Friction Massage techniques.

Deep Friction Massage techniques are deep massage strokes across the muscle fibres.

We often use this for breaking through scar tissue

Muscle Energy techniques.

Muscle Energy technique involves the patient gently contracting a muscle for a short time.

Importantly, we do this whilst it is being stretched.

This is a very effective technique for relaxing muscles and also for improving flexibility.e (ART).

 ART is a soft tissue technique.

Firstly involves stretching a muscle whilst also applying a pressure or massage.

This technique can be highly effective. However, it is an active and deep technique. Therefore it can be quite intense.

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