What is the difference between a sports massage therapist, a massage therapist and The Oxford Body Whisperer?

A massage therapist can give routine massage treatments generally for the purposes of wellbeing and relaxation.

A sports massage therapist will use more advanced techniques to help improve the recovery of common related injuries.

The Oxford Body Whisperer holds a level 5 diploma, equivalent to a university undergraduate level. This diploma encompasses sports massage but in addition allows the therapist to assess, treat and offer rehab advice to people suffering a wide range of minor and chronic injuries caused by any lifestyle factor. In addition, as an experienced Personal Trainer, the therapist is well equipped to subscribe effective exercises or training plans to help strengthen or rebalance your musculoskeletal system.

Should my massage hurt?

When there is a chronic muscle tension or injury there are usually adhesions present which can cause pain, restricted movement and inflammation. These adhesions need to be worked on and this can cause discomfort and pain.

It is important to communicate with your therapist if any pain or soreness is outside of your comfort zone.

There is usually some stiffness and fatigue after a massage but it should subside within a few days.

Are there any conditions for which would make massage dangerous?

Massage is not advisable if you are suffering with either of the following:

  • Acute soft tissue inflammation (normally last for up to 48 hours after the initial injury
  • Open wounds
  • Bone or joint injuries
  • Myositis Ossificans
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis if suspected
  • Varicose veins
  • Infectious skin diseases including measles and athletes foot
  • Peripheral neuropathy caused by diabetes
  • Bleeding disorders such as haemophilia
  • Cancers (as massage may spread its development through the body)
  • Cold or Flu
  • Women in their first trimester of pregnancy

What should I wear for the massage?

Please wear shorts for your session and suitable underwear. Some degree of undress should be expected and towels will be used for your comfort and dignity.

Can I eat or drink before the massage?

You should avoid eating a full meal before you have a massage, as massage stimulates digestion . You should ensure that you are well hydrated before your massage but don’t drink too much too much water immediately before the your massage in order to avoid having to interrupt your massage with a trip to the bathroom.

Can I exercise after my massage?

It is best to exercise before your massage. Generally, exercising after a massage will add stress or strain to the muscles which have just been relaxed. In addition, massage can be tiring so you may injure yourself.

We would recommend 12 – 24 hours break after a deep tissue massage to allow muscles to recover fully.