SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPIST JAN CRATE
He also worked as a personal assistant to various clients with advanced additional needs, before spending three years looking after his terminally ill mother.
It was Jan’s mother who introduced him to massage, being an avid supporter of regular massage and acupuncture, twice weekly if she could afford it!
Jan spoke to Mr Samuel Jones, a local Ludlow Acupuncturist and masseur, who encouraged him to go and study. Jan went on to train as a Sports Masseur under the tutelage of Lynn Levick, a very experienced masseur, reflexologist, who trained with the likes of John Gibbons, the world renowned osteopath.
He has since set up his own Sports Massage company Equilibrium, which is a growing concern, hoping to incorporate Myofascial Release work and several other disciplines in the future.
Jan lives with his wife and son in the hills of Shropshire and his interests are nature, animals, martial arts, he holds a black belt first Dan in Dacayana Escrima and is studying as a student of Systema.
My role as a Sports Massage Therapist
The prime purpose of Sports Massage Therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension that builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur due to over exertion and/or misuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively.
Regular Sports Massage can help prevent those niggling injuries that can very often get in the way of performance and winning.
Sports Massage doesn’t just benefit the athlete, but also the keep-fit fan, their gardener and can help those with desk jobs.
Sports Massage tends to be deeper and more intense, it is based on the various elements of Swedish Massage and often incorporates a whole combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction etc. The skilled practitioner/therapist will bring together this blend of techniques, knowledge and advice to tailor make a treatment for each particular client.
Jan likes to work intuitively and find the root cause of the problem, he can help in various ways:-
If you have a massage before any strenuous activity you will increase the blood supply to the muscles, which will bring in fresh oxygen and nutrients, enabling you to perform better at your chosen activity. The Pre-Event Massage loosens up the joints and stretches out the tissues, and gives you far more flexibility.
Post Event Massage
A Post Event Massage uses slower and far deeper techniques, which helps to improve your circulation and remove waste products. It relieves pain, muscle soreness and cramps and reduces your recovery time, this type of massage can be up to an hour long, depending on your needs.
Maintenance Massage aids circulation and lymph drainage, normalises muscle tone, keeps joints supple and flexible and reduces the risk of injury, it also reduces stress, promoting relaxation and well being.
Even with preventative maintenance Sports Massage can speed up healing and reduce discomfort during the rehabilitation process. Soft tissue techniques that are used by Sports Massage Therapists are effective in the management of both acute and chronic injuries