About Sports Massage
Deeper and more precise than a ‘standard’ massage, sports massage is intended to relieve muscular tensions and prevent future injuries or discomfort.
There are many benefits, including:
- Rehabilitation from an injury
- Restoring mobility
- Reducing tight muscles
- Prevention from injury
Unlike regular massage techniques, sport massage stretches the muscle both cross-fibre and longitudinally, as well as stretching the facia around the muscles to release any tension that has built up. A knowledgeable therapist will focus on the affected muscle group and its surrounding tissue using a combination of techniques.
What can sports massage help with?
Mariangela uses her skills to help her patients recover from illness and injury, provide relief from chronic pain, and enjoy a greater quality of life.
She can help with:
- Rehabilitation of sprains, strains, fractures and dislocations
- Ease pain caused by neuropathy, arthritic and rheumatic conditions
- Stimulate the circulatory system
- Provide relief from muscle tightness caused by stress and shortened recovery time for injured athletes
Techniques she has been trained in:
- STR (Soft Tissue Release)
- NMT (Neuromuscular Technique)
- PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation)
- AIS (Activate Isolated Stretching)
- SCST (Strain Counter-Strain Technique)
- MET (Muscular Energy Technique)
Mariangela Cordovana is a Sports Massage Therapist, using manual therapy, deep tissue work and active-release techniques to improve her patients’ muscular, circulatory and nervous systems.
Her interest in a holistic and natural approach to health led her to graduating in Sports Massage at CONI (Italian National Olympic Committee) 11 years ago, before continuing training in manual lymph drainage and chair massage. After moving to the UK, she studied anatomy, pathology and physiology, and eventually becoming an ITEC level 5 accredited Sports Massage Therapist.
Mariangela has spent 10 years as a massage practitioner in many fields – from massage companies, squash clubs and private patients. She has recently started volunteering her skills as a member of the ‘Core Hospice Service’ team at the St. Joseph Hospice, working in the motor rehabilitation of terminally ill patients.