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Sports Massage in Christchurch

Looking for a sports massage in Christchurch? Don't leave your well-being to chance. Begin your healing journey with SoCo Therapies. Book your free 15-minute consultation today.

Why SoCo Therapies?


Located in Boscombe, Bournemouth, SoCo Therapies is a multidisciplinary healthcare clinic that offers a wide range of services, from osteopathy and chiropractic services to sports massage, acupuncture, shockwave treatment, and even nutrition counselling. 

Whether you're a professional athlete, someone recuperating from an injury, or simply someone looking to escape the stresses of daily life, our treatments are tailored for you. With patients travelling from areas such as Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, and even as far as Hampshire, our reputation for excellence speaks for itself.

If you'd like to find out more about our treatments, please give our friendly team a call today on 01202 422 000 or book a free consultation.


The Power of Sports Massage

Beyond just relaxation

For many, the term 'massage' evokes images of luxury spa days and fleeting moments of pampering. While relaxation is undeniably one of its perks, the benefits of massage therapy extend far beyond that ephemeral feeling of tranquillity.

At its core, massage is an age-old therapy rooted in various ancient cultures, from the serene monasteries of China to the bustling markets of Egypt. It's not just about kneading away stress; it's a potent tool for holistic health.


  • Deep Tissue Releases: Especially in modalities like deep tissue or sports massage, the techniques employed target the inner layers of your muscles. This helps alleviate chronic muscle tension, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissues, and improve blood flow.

  • Improved Flexibility: Regular massages can enhance flexibility and range of motion, essential for peak athletic performance and daily activities alike.


  • Mental Clarity: The power of touch cannot be underestimated. A good massage can decrease cortisol, the stress hormone, leading to improved mental clarity and a better mood.

  • Detoxification: As pressure is applied to the muscles and tissues, the circulatory system is stimulated. This promotes better lymph fluid circulation, which aids in the detoxification of the body.

  • Pain Management: For those suffering from chronic pain conditions, massage therapy offers a natural and non-invasive remedy. It's a way to manage pain without relying solely on medication.

Understanding Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is a therapy designed to access the sections of thick muscles and individual muscle fibres. It involves applying slow strokes and deep pressure on the targeted area using fingers, thumbs, and even elbows to reach the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue.

Importance & Benefits:


  • Chronic Tension Relief: One of the most salient features of deep tissue massage is its ability to alleviate deep-seated muscle tension. By targeting the deeper layers of muscle, it goes beyond the surface relaxation of other massage techniques.

  • Increased Blood Flow: By reaching the deeper layers, it facilitates better blood circulation in the tissues, promoting faster healing and rejuvenation.

  • Breakdown of Scar Tissue: Over time, injuries can lead to the formation of scar tissues, which can cause stiffness and pain. Deep tissue massage can help break down these scar tissues, improving flexibility.

What it treats:

  • Persistent Aches: Effective against chronic pain areas such as the lower back.

  • Postural Problems: Helps correct postural issues by relaxing and lengthening the muscles.

  • Tight Muscle Clusters: Perfect for easing tension in tight shoulders or neck areas which often arise from prolonged desk work or incorrect sleeping positions.

Who should opt for it?

If you find yourself grappling with lingering injuries that don't seem to heal or consistent muscle tension, then deep tissue massage is a therapy worth exploring.


It's especially beneficial for those who are involved in heavy physical activity or have sustained physical injury. However, always consult with a professional before undergoing any treatment to ensure it's the right fit for your specific needs.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage stands out as a classic therapeutic approach, primarily focusing on relaxation through long, gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. It's a gentle technique, often viewed as the quintessential full-body massage.

Importance & Benefits:


  • Whole-body Relaxation: By employing a series of specific strokes, Swedish massage calms the nervous system, leading to a deep state of relaxation. This not only alleviates physical but also mental tension.

  • Boosted Circulation: One of the primary benefits of Swedish massage is its ability to increase the level of oxygen in the blood. This can result in improved circulation and heart health.

  • Muscle Toxin Reduction: The massage promotes better lymph fluid circulation, aiding in the flushing out of metabolic waste from the muscles. This can lead to increased flexibility and can shorten recovery time from muscular strain.

What it treats:

  • Mild Physical Discomforts: It’s an effective treatment for minor muscle stiffness and aches, bringing relief and relaxation.

  • Mental Tensions: A Swedish massage is also a balm for the mind, proving to be an antidote for anxiety and mild stress, promoting mental well-being alongside physical relaxation.

  • Promotion of Well-being: Regular sessions can be a boost to overall health, promoting better sleep patterns, improved focus, and decreased anxiety levels.

Who should opt for it?

Swedish massage is often recommended for those who are new to the world of massage therapy. It offers a gentle introduction, making it perfect for first-timers.


Additionally, if you're specifically seeking a relaxation-focused experience, or you're sensitive to touch, then the Swedish massage is an excellent choice.


Always remember to communicate any specific needs or concerns to your therapist at SoCo Therapies to ensure the most beneficial and comfortable experience.

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu, deriving its roots from Japan, is a distinctive style of bodywork. Employing techniques that involve finger and thumb pressure, as well as stretches and joint manipulation, Shiatsu primarily aims to restore and maintain the body's energy balance.


Importance & Benefits:


  • Energy Equilibrium: Shiatsu is founded on the principle of balancing the body's 'qi' or energy flow. By doing so, it fosters a state of harmony within the body and mind, facilitating a sense of overall well-being.

  • Stress Alleviation: Regular Shiatsu sessions have been reported to substantially reduce mental and emotional stress. This is because the massage targets not just the body but also the mind, promoting relaxation on both fronts.

  • Natural Pain Relief: Shiatsu offers a holistic approach to pain management, proving effective in soothing various pain points without the need for medication.

What it treats:

  • Emotional Imbalances: Given its comprehensive approach, Shiatsu proves effective against emotional disturbances such as anxiety, depression, and even fatigue.

  • Physical Ailments: The therapy has demonstrated efficacy in treating a range of issues, from digestive disorders to common problems like headaches and migraines.

  • Energy Blockages: The fundamental principle of Shiatsu is to unblock and redirect energy pathways, making it effective in treating conditions rooted in energy imbalances.

Who should opt for it?

Shiatsu massage, with its deep ties to energy and holistic healing, is most apt for individuals seeking a more comprehensive approach to their health.


If you're looking to restore energy balance or are open to exploring therapies rooted in traditional Asian medical philosophies, then Shiatsu at SoCo Therapies might just be the treatment you need.


Before diving in, always ensure you consult with the experts to determine the suitability of the therapy for your specific conditions.

 Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy is an age-old therapeutic technique that finds its origins in ancient Chinese, Middle Eastern, and Egyptian cultures. The method involves placing suction cups on the skin, creating a vacuum that pulls the skin upward into the cup.


Importance & Benefits:


  • Enhanced Blood Flow: One of the primary benefits of cupping is the surge of blood to the areas where the cups are placed. This increase in blood flow can nourish the muscles and skin, promoting healing.

  • Relaxation and Relief: Like other forms of massage, cupping can be deeply relaxing. The act of placing cups on the skin can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, helping the body to go into a deep state of relaxation.

  • Deep-Tissue Effects: While it doesn't involve the typical hand-on-skin massage technique, the suction effect can mimic the pressure of a deep-tissue massage, aiding in muscle relaxation and tension release.

What it treats:

  • Blood-Related Disorders: Traditional proponents believe that cupping can be beneficial for conditions such as anaemia and haemophilia.

  • Skin Conditions: Issues like acne and eczema can potentially be alleviated through cupping, thanks to the increased blood flow to the affected areas.

  • Cardiovascular Health: There are claims that cupping can help in regulating high blood pressure, although it's vital to consult with a healthcare professional before considering it as a primary treatment.

Who should opt for it?

Cupping therapy is best suited for those who are open to alternative therapies and are seeking relief from pain, inflammation, and other specific conditions.


If you've tried traditional therapeutic methods without success or are simply curious about the benefits of this ancient practice, considering cupping at SoCo Therapies might be a step in the right direction.


As with all treatments, it's essential to consult with specialists to ensure the therapy aligns with your health needs and goals.

See how our Massage Services in Christchurch can help you. Book an appointment today. 

Choose SoCo Therapies for Sports Massage in Christchurch

With a plethora of massage therapists available in and around Christchurch, what truly sets SoCo Therapies apart? It's our meticulous blend of tradition, expertise, and genuine care for our clients. At SoCo Therapies, we are not just offering a service; we are pledging a commitment to your holistic well-being.

Tailored and Transparent Pricing


Understanding the value of transparency, especially when it comes to your well-being, we provide a clear and upfront pricing structure. Whether you're leaning towards our sports massage or the holistic healing of a Shiatsu session, our pricing ensures no hidden surprises.

Sports Massage Prices:


  • Initial consultation + massage (including case history) - £55

  • 1 hour massage - £55

  • 45 minute massage - £45

  • 30 minute massage - £35


Shiatsu Massage Prices:

  • 1 hour massage - £50

  • 30 minute massage - £35


If you are interested in our Sports Massage Services here at SoCo Therapies, please book a free, no-obligation consultation today.

Book Your Sports Massage Session Now

Book your sports massage session today with our expert massage therapists in Christchurch, Dorset. 

We're just a call or email away. Contact our friendly team today on 01202 422 000 or send us an email at


What is the difference between sports massage and regular massage?

While both forms aim to promote relaxation and alleviate muscle tension, sports massage is particularly designed for athletes and focuses on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive movements. With that being said, sports massage is also very beneficial for non-athletes. 

Are sports massages worth it?

Absolutely. Sports massages help in improving flexibility, reducing muscle tension, and aiding in recovery, making them an invaluable tool for athletes, active individuals, and also less active individuals.

When should I go for a sports massage?

Ideally, after any intensive physical activity. However, even non-athletes can benefit from it if they experience muscle tension or stiffness.

Will a sports massage get rid of knots?

Yes. Sports massage is effective in breaking down muscle knots or adhesions that can disrupt circulation and cause pain.

What is the difference between Swedish massage and sports massage?

While both are therapeutic, Swedish massage primarily aims at relaxation of the entire body, while sports massage focuses on treating soft tissues and aiding muscle recovery.

Do I need a GP referral before I can see you?

No. You can directly approach us without any GP referral.

What to do after deep tissue massage?

It's crucial to hydrate, allow your muscles to rest, and avoid any strenuous activities for at least a day.

How painful is a sports massage?

While 'pain' is subjective, you may experience some discomfort as your therapist works on areas where there are adhesions or scar tissue. However, always communicate with your therapist about your comfort levels.

How often should I get a sports massage?

It depends on your activity level. If you're an athlete or involved in intense physical work, weekly or bi-weekly sessions might be beneficial. For others, once a month can suffice.

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