I am qualified in both Sports Massage (VTCT Level 4) and Holistic Massage (MTI and ITEC), and additionally trained in Deep Tissue Massage, Thai/Assisted Stretching, Remedial Ultrasound Therapy, Acupuncture for Sports Injuries, Functional and Kinesiology Taping.
It is a commonly held (and mistaken) belief that Sports Massage hurts, and while I believe that you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, any deep work will be carried out within your comfort thresholds (just about ;-)
You don't have to be a 'sporty' person or have an injury to benefit from a treatment. Many clients just use massage to help keep things moving, or to prevent niggles becoming problems.
I have been fortunate enough to work with two EPL Ice Hockey teams over the last few years, Initially with the Slough Jets before re-locating to Basingstoke, and then as Team Therapist for the Basingstoke Bison for two full seasons (2010-11 & 2011-12). This exposure to such a physically demanding sport, and its associated injuries, has given me a thorough grounding in using massage and other treatment methods to support injury recovery, extreme athletic training programmes, and lifestyle injuries.
If you have a very recent injury or any specific medical conditions I would ask that you mention these when you book your first treatment. There are a few conditions that would prevent a treatment (or the use of certain techniques) from taking place as this would not be in the client's best interests and better to mention them up front and save a trip. Similarly there are a few medical conditions that require the consent of your GP/Consultant prior to receiving treatment.
I am registered with the following bodies: the SMA (Sports Massage Association) and recognised as a Gold level member, the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and the Complementary Therapists Association (CThA).