Deep Tissue & Sports Massage

Ultimate Fitness York

It's time to end muscle dysfunction and discomfort

If you have been suffering from aches and on-going discomfort or even muscle dysfunction and pain, it’s time to  book a Deep Tissue & Sports Massage. Not only will it release tension, but as a proven therapy it will boost muscle recovery. Independent from the the cause, whether from day-to-day living or as a consequence of work or a sporting incident, we believe that deep tissue and sports massage therapy can benefit EVERY body – no matter your age, size or fitness level.

I’ve spent years searching for a sports massage therapist who’s been able to treat me effectively and I’m delighted to have found that person in Shaun. His knowledge, care and professionalism is second to none and by seeing him regularly for maintenance massage, he’s helped me towards personal bests at every running distance from 5k to marathon. And what’s more, he’s a funny, kind and all round top bloke.

As a competitive athlete and long distance runner with tight muscles, but also someone who spends periods at work fairly sedentary, I have had my fair share of injuries and have regularly visited a number of different clinics for both treatment and maintenance. This is something that I will no longer be doing as Shaun is exceptional. He has a strong understanding of my injuries, his deep tissue massage skills are second to none and he has a sound knowledge of the workings of all muscle groups and how they affect one another. After my first deep tissue treatment I walked out of the clinic feeling better than I ever have before after similar treatments from others. Not only this but he listens carefully and will try various methods in order to find a solution to any aches, tensions or injuries. He's easy going, yet professional, and very calming - so will make you feel completely at ease if you decide to get a treatment if for the first time.

I have to be honest, I was quite nervous about having this massage as I am a bit of a wuss and I did not know what to expect. The moment Shaun came into reception to greet me I felt instantly at ease. Shaun is very professional but also very natural and down to earth. Every moment of my massage he explained what he was doing, why he was doing it and what benefit it would have. His depth of knowledge is incredible and the whole reasoning behind all of the moves is fascinating and very clever. I will be going back as I felt so much better after even just one treatment. Thank you Shaun I never hesitate in recommending you to all of my friends who are struggling with life's aches, pains and the feeling of needing to be realigned.

Truly fantastic Sports Therapist. Shaun is highly professional, considerate and communicative. Shaun shares his amazing knowledge and experience to guide you through your current injuries and issues to improve your quality of life. I feel as if I am ‘walking on air’, after leaving his sessions, with what was an incredible amount of pain that I was experiencing before. I most highly recommend Shaun and his professional and most efficient service.

Sports massage was developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. However, contrary to what the name suggests, you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage emphasises prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons and can be beneficial for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion.

In sports massage, the Therapist generally concentrates on a specific problem area that you present, usually associated with some sort of sports activity, such as running, tennis, or golf but it can be anything such as posture issues or any Tissue/Muscle related injury. The most important thing with sports massage is that you find a specially-trained massage therapist who has mastery of a wide range of techniques and knows when to use them, Shaun at Ultimate Fitness York is such a Therapist.

In the past, many spas used to put sports massage on their menu as a way to appeal to men. As spas have become more sophisticated, however, they realise they shouldn’t list sports massage unless they have some therapists with specialised training.

Sports Massage is not only for athletes. It helps everyone! No matter what you do, your muscles can build up intolerable levels of stress.
We have all had a pressured week at work or stress at home that has left us feeling achy, fatigued and irritable. Sports massage therapy can help a person manage these stress levels. Sports massages release endorphins; decreasing anxiety, improving moods and enhancing your state of mind.

Sports Massage helps to improve physical performance and mobility by manipulating soft muscle tissue. This then improves range of motion, leading to enhanced muscular performance.

These benefits are largely the result of an increase in local blood circulation which helps to flush out chemical irritants and waste products which have stored up within the muscle. At the same time, fresh blood flow increases oxygen and nutrient content within the muscle. This in turn can help with muscle repair and leads to a reduction in muscle tension.

When a muscle is tight it can irritate nerve receptors within the muscle. This in turn can lead to feelings of muscular pain and discomfort. Therefore, reducing muscular tension can lead to a reduction in nerve irritation and a reduction in muscular pain and discomfort.

When used to treat a specific injury, massage can help to promote healing, by increasing nutrient and oxygen levels and reducing any excessive swelling associated with injury. Manual massage techniques can also help to align new collagen formation within the muscle, which can lead to improved realignment of scar tissue and a reduction in the risk of re-injury.

You don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from a sports massage.
If you’re involved in lifting heavy items all day or involved in any physically demanding job, your body will also reap the benefits of a sports massage. The therapist generally focuses in on the problem area—a frozen shoulder or pulled hamstring, for instance—rather than giving you a full body massage

In between workouts, physical activity.
After physical exercise/activity, your body needs to recover. By having a sports massage, you’re helping the body flush out the lactic acid build up. Without removing lactic acid from the body, you can compromise your physical performance making you more prone to injury.

Pre-event sports massage. 
A sports massage before an event such as a marathon, long distance cycle race or an athletic competition can provide numerous benefits, including a greater range of motion, relaxation and help to relieve any muscle tension.

Post event sports massage. 
The body needs to recover. It is essential to relax those muscles and relieve any aches or pains afterwards. Sports massage will help you to recover more quickly and reduce any underlying injuries that you may be unaware of.

If you are crawling off the couch trying to get out from under the Therapists elbows, then NO it should not feel like that. When too much pressure is applied and causes undue pain, your natural response is to tense up. This means the therapist is now treating your voluntary muscle tension and not the problem area.

You should avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours after. This is because deep tissue massage may make your muscles more “gel-like.” When in this state, your muscles and connective tissue are at a greater risk for injury.

Try to avoid running and heavy weightlifting and find gentler ways to move. A light walk, gentle swim or easy stretching may help relieve any post-massage discomfort. Drink plenty of water, up to 2 litres….. and a hot bath… to speed up massage recovery.

If you are treating yourself to a massage for the first time before an event, give yourself a few days for your muscles to settle after the treatment.

Shaun is a fantastic therapist, he was really professional and knowledgeable during my assessment and treatment. I originally went to see him due to tightness and pain in my shoulders brought on from years of competitive swimming and I felt the benefits straight away! He quickly identified the problem areas and suitably treated them using a variety of different soft tissue methods. I also had an issue with my elbow due to a previous dislocation, which again was quickly and effectively assessed and treated. I now have no pain when flexing my arm! Will definitely be booking with Shaun again! Couldn’t recommend him enough!

I wholeheartedly cannot recommend Shaun enough. He is so knowledgeable and skilled that he honestly works magic whenever I go to him. I have suffered from server back and neck problems and on two occasions was in sheer agony and could barely move when I got to him. From his initial assessment he was able to pinpoint exactly where the problems were and within an hour I had full movement and the pain completely gone. This man clearly cares a lot about his clients and his full focus is getting you out of pain and on track again. Absolutely amazing at what he does!

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We are now working from Redmayne Lodge, Strensall on Mondays to Fridays.

Message Shaun at Ultimate Fitness York at or call Shaun for more information on 07811 144348. Alternatively to book an appointment contact Redmayne Lodge direct on 01904 501500 or book online below.

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