Sports Massage

Sports injuries are much more common than you might think. And it’s no surprise. The nature of sports requires a lot of activity, both in terms of physical and exertion. But that doesn’t mean you should just accept them as a fact of life.

At the Recovery Room we diagnose, treat, and prevent sports injuries is a must if you want to stay in the game for the long haul.

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Sports Massage Services

Welcome to The Recovery Room, where our Sports Massage Services are tailored to elevate your athletic performance and promote faster recovery. Our team of experienced therapists specialises in addressing sports-related injuries and muscle discomfort.

Whether you’re an athlete or someone who enjoys an active lifestyle, our customized sports massages are designed to target specific areas of concern, relieve tension, and improve circulation.

Trust us to help you get back in the game feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. At The Recovery Room, your well-being is our priority, so book your session today and experience the benefits of our sports massage expertise.

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Initial Consultation

At the Recovery Room, our initial consultation is more than just a meet-and-greet. We invest time to properly diagnose your sports-related injuries or muscle issues. We delve into your history, consider current symptoms, and apply our expertise to identify the root causes of your pain and inflammation.

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Diagnostic Techniques:

To ensure a precise diagnosis, we employ a range of advanced diagnostic techniques. These could include movement assessments, palpation to detect muscle abnormalities, and functional tests to evaluate muscle strength and joint flexibility

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Certified Therapists

James is certified and extensively trained in sports massage and related fields. With diverse specialisations and a wealth of experience, we are equipped to diagnose a variety of sports injuries, from common muscle sprains to complex ligament tears

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Treatment Plan

Once we’ve diagnosed your injury, we develop a tailored sports massage treatment plan that specifically addresses your unique needs. The goal is to not only alleviate your current discomfort but also to prevent future injuries and improve overall performance.

Knee Pain

Monitoring Progress

As you go through your treatment sessions, we continually monitor your progress. If necessary, we’ll adjust your treatment plan to ensure optimal results. The focus is always on holistic recovery.

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After your course of treatment, we offer guidelines and recommendations for post-treatment care. These could include specific exercises to strengthen weak areas, recommendations for ongoing maintenance sessions.

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Expertise in Sports Massage

James is a cornerstone of the Recovery Room’s team, embodying the qualities that make our clinic a trusted name in sports therapy and sports massage. As a highly qualified therapist with a Master’s degree in Sports Therapy.

James’s expertise isn’t just theoretical; he has mastered a multitude of sports massage techniques, such as deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release, among others. 

An Ever-Evolving Expert:

Keeping abreast of the latest developments in the field is second nature for James. He regularly lectures at Winchester University to support the next generation of Sports Therapists at Masters Level and beyond.

By putting your care in James’s capable hands, you can be assured of a treatment plan that is not only state-of-the-art but also custom-tailored to your specific needs. His focus on holistic, individualised care makes him a standout in the field.


Why Choose Sports Massage?

Sports massage isn’t just for athletes; it’s for anyone who leads an active lifestyle or has specific muscle issues that need attention. The treatment aims to alleviate muscle tension, improve circulation, and boost athletic performance.

Injury Prevention

Sports massages are a proactive measure to help prevent injuries by focusing on areas that are overused or stressed. They can also speed up recovery and facilitate more effective training.

Pain Relief

If you’re struggling with chronic pain or acute muscle discomfort, sports massage can provide relief by targeting the affected areas.

Performance Enhancement

By focusing on specific muscles and movements involved in your sport or activity, sports massage can help you achieve better performance. For example, if you’re a cyclist, you’ll benefit from specific techniques aimed at releasing tension in the lower back and legs.

What to Expect During Your Session

Our initial meeting will be a detailed consultation where we discuss your medical history, activity levels, and specific issues you’re experiencing. This allows us to tailor a sports massage treatment plan specifically for you.

Personalised Treatment

Each session is tailored to your individual needs. Whether you’re dealing with sore muscles or a chronic injury, we have specialised techniques to help you. For instance, we might incorporate hot stone therapy to facilitate deeper muscle relaxation.

Post-Session Follow-up

After your sports massage, we provide you with a comprehensive plan to maintain the benefits of the treatment, which can include stretches, exercises, and possibly additional sessions. You might also receive advice on hydration and nutrition to improve your overall well-being.

Techniques and Modalities

Swedish Massage Techniques

Great for general relaxation and blood flow improvement.

Deep Tissue Manipulation

Targeting the deeper layers of muscles and tissues, this technique is perfect for chronic pain and tension.


How long does each session last?

Each sports massage session typically lasts between 60 and 90 minutes, depending on your individual needs and the areas requiring attention.

Is sports massage only for athletes?

No, sports massage is beneficial for anyone experiencing muscle tension or discomfort, regardless of their level of physical activity.

What should I wear to my appointment?

You should wear comfortable clothing that allows for ease of movement. You may be asked to remove certain articles of clothing, but your comfort and privacy are our utmost concern.

Do I need a doctor’s referral?

A doctor’s referral is generally not required for sports massage unless it’s for insurance purposes or a specific medical condition.

Is sports massage covered by insurance?

Some insurance plans cover sports massage as part of physical therapy or complementary treatment. Check with your provider for specific details.

Revitalise Your Body, Elevate Your Game

Ready to enhance your athletic performance and recover faster? Book your session with The Recovery Room today and experience the difference our expert sports massage services can make.

Don’t let muscle soreness and tension hold you back, take the first step toward peak performance now!

James Kirkpatrick