Sports Massage Dorking

Sports Massage and Remedial Massage

‘Sports massage is deep soft tissue massage which can be applied to specific problem areas & injuries, or to generally prevent the build-up of aching & stiffness’.

At Head2Toe Physio clinics we know that what our Physiotherapists do best is ‘Physiotherapy’. We wanted to offer our patients high quality sports massage to complement our Physiotherapy and set about appointing dedicated Sports massage therapists. At Head2Toe Physio Clinic Dorking, our Sports massage therapist is Deniz Ruso.

Deniz is a Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist. She studied at the London School of Sports and Remedial Massage, Regents Park College where she qualified at the highest level 5 and has since practiced in a clinical environment alongside Osteopaths and Pilates instructors. She has worked in a team environment helping people with their rehabilitation getting them back to normal function and activity.

Deniz’s inspiration came from her own sporting experiences and injuries. Almost giving up her love of Triathlon and accepting injury as a “normal” process of being involved with Sports, Deniz took it upon herself to experiment with different therapies including strength and conditioning.

She soon became inspired by a Sports Massage Therapist who helped her become injury free and get back to all her sporting loves.

This led Deniz to take a dramatic change with her career path, leaving behind a world of Scuba Diving where she worked for 8 years and to move on to something that has come naturally to her, helping others and wanting to learn more and more about the functions of the body.

It has been proved to Deniz that with the right treatment and exercises anyone is capable of achieving great results in whatever sport or activity they’re into.

Deniz uses herself and her own Sporting activities to experiment with new techniques learnt. She is a keen Crossfit Athlete and has forever been involved with horses having owned one for 22 years. In addition she still regularly takes part in an array of sports from Skiing to Surfing, cycling to running.

Deniz is a great believer of “Practice what you Preach” and feels it is important to be a good role model in your work place. She strives to give people the same rewards and results she experiences and has helped many people from Body Builders, to Rugby players right down to the office workers and the elderly. Deniz enjoys working and sharing her knowledge with an array of people and believes massage should be a way of life which can benefit you both mentally and physically no matter what age or sporting background you come from.


What’s the difference between Sports Massage and Remedial Massage?


Sports massage is deep soft tissue massage which can be applied to specific problem areas & injuries, or to generally prevent the build-up of aching & stiffness.

Not much in most cases. Sports Massage, Remedial Massage, Clinical Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Soft Tissue Manipulation are all terms often used interchangeably by therapists.

Massage Therapy has been around for thousands of years, whilst the more specific application of massage for specific clinical application was developed and popularized in the 20th century. Remedial Massage and Deep Tissue Massage developed in the 1940’s and is often called Clinical Massage in the United States and focuses on treating more specific problems as opposed to utilizing the general effects of massage.

The term ‘Sports Massage’ has become common place since the formation of the London School of Sports Massage (LSSM) in 1989.

At the end of the day, both Remedial Massage and Sports Massage make use of similar techniques (Myofascial Release, Muscle Energy Techniques, Soft Tissue Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy etc).


What does Sports Massage and Remedial Massage do?


Remedial Sports Massage includes stretches for tight muscles & joint mobilisation techniques to restore the body’s range of movement. Sports massage is suitable for athletes & occasional exercisers alike. Remedial Sports Massage is also a preventative treatment which removes the build-up of tissue strain before this develops into an injury. It aids recovery after training & competitions & is often used to compliment training & enhance performance.

  • Prevents & manages injuries
  • Reduce recovery time
  • Improves circulation
  • Releases muscular tension and aids relaxation
  • Increases flexibility
  • Improves self-awareness
  • Relieves pain, stiffness & tension headaches

Any sportsperson places stresses on their body by frequent training & competitions. Rest days, stretching, good diet & hydration will help the body recover but sometimes more is needed. Sports massage will aid blood circulation removing waste products from tired muscles & will stretch out muscles that have become tight from repeated use.

Many athletes use regular sports massage to help maintain optimal athletic performance. Sports massage is also an effective way of detecting minor soft tissue problems & dealing with them before a more serious injury occurs.

It is an excellent way of relieving tension & tiredness allowing the body to relax. Examples of sports injuries that can benefit from sports & remedial massage treatment are sprains, strains, Achilles tendonitis, Runners’ knee, shin splints, Tennis/Golfer’s elbow, plantar fasciitis, piriformis syndrome & tight muscles generally.


I’m not a Sportsperson. How can I benefit from Sports & Remedial Massage?


Muscle tension can affect anyone. Remedial massage can offer help to those who suffer from back, neck or shoulder pain which may be brought on by decorating, gardening or even driving. Many postural problems occur as a result of sedentary activities such as sitting at a computer all day. These problems can be treated in the same way as those of an active sportsperson. Repetitive strain injury, whiplash, frozen shoulder, headache, migraine, stiff neck & backache can all be relieved with deep tissue massage. Stress & tiredness are also common problems that can be alleviated. 

We work with our clients to identify these imbalances, releasing the tension built up using various massage and fascial release techniques plus recommending a plan of massage and self help exercises to strengthen and stretch going forward so your not on our table every week (unless by choice!)