Variety of Uses for Sports Massage

What is sports massage? 

Sports massage is a type of therapy that focuses on the soft tissues in the body. This includes skin, muscle, tendons, ligaments and fascia which is a form of connective tissue that lines other soft tissues. Sports massage involves the manipulation of these soft tissues and can also include different massage techniques and types of stretching



Image: Sports massage, JK Photography 

What is sports massage suitable for?

Sports massage can be suitable for dealing with many different conditions from sport related overuse issues, to back pain from your office chair. These benefits can be split into four main areas; injury, maintenance, pre-event and post-event.

Injury:  Sports massage has many benefits that can help reduce the risk of injury as well as be used for remedial purposes to help reduce tightness and pain. Sports massage is great at helping to detect muscular imbalances and any potential deep tissue damage which can result in a reduced risk of injury. A key benefit of sports massage is increasing blood flow through the tissues which can lead to faster recovery times and reduce the delayed onset of muscle soreness (or DOMS for short).

Maintenance: Having regular massages can help to keep muscles healthy and supple and can reduce the need for future treatment. Studies have shown that having regular sports massages can help to improve range of motion and flexibility. This in itself can also contribute to lowering injury risk, especially among dancers, for whom flexibility is desired. Having regular massages can also help to identify any particular areas of tension or stress and can increase your overall awareness and education surrounding your body. This can in turn help you to improve your performance and self-manage any conditions you have.

Pre-event: Feeling nervous and tense before a show or performance? Sports massage can stimulate circulation through the body and reduce tension which can be beneficial to help you be on top form before that audition!

Post-event: Sports massage can be just as useful after an event! It can help speed up recovery times, remove toxins and waste products from the body, de-stress you and help fight any delayed muscle soreness you may feel the following day. 



Image: Sports massage, JK Photography 

Sports massage is one of those treatments which can be used in a variety of different ways, and is most effective when used regularly. So whether your a performer, office worker or athlete sports massage can be a useful tool to help maintain a healthy body and banish those tense muscles when they arise!


Written by Rebecca Appleton 

Graduate Intern for Health 





Transitions 2018: Q&A with choreographer Richard Chappell

Ahead of Transitions’ 2018 international tour, we caught up with renowned British choreographer Richard Chappell who worked with the company on brand new piece ‘When running starts and stops’. 

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What have you most enjoyed about working with the Transitions dancers?

I would say their generosity in working with me. I like to work with a mix of improvisation and task-based work which I think is a hybrid of my own training and the dancers have adapted to that with a lot of energy and willingness to challenge themselves. As it’s relatively early on in their academic year, they’ve got to know each other throughout the creation process and this has been a real pleasure to be a part of. They bring their own skills, styles and qualities to the work as well and it’s been a pleasure to get to know them.

The 2018 company is truly international – do you think this has had an impact on the style of the company and/or the way you worked with them?

Definitely! Training isn’t necessarily the same across countries so naturally there will be differences and it’s such a unique and enriching experience for them to learn from each other. Lots of the company don’t have traditional dance backgrounds either which I think is really interesting. My own background is ballet and contemporary dance, but I’m also influenced by forms of capoeira, improvisation and martial arts so I like that the dancers come with different movement qualities as it allows for a varied interpretation of my practice. But for all the diversity, I think there is a good balance in skills which combine nicely when the company work together.

In brief, how would you sum up your piece?

My piece is a movement response to the themes and relationships of some of the characters found in Watership Down. I’ve used moments in the text and narrative as a point of departure to create something which lives by itself outside of the story though. The work has its own journey and abstract narrative between the performers and involves a lot of physically challenging movement.

What was your inspiration behind the work?

The work is influenced by Richard Adams’ Watership Down, but it’s not a literal interpretation. I wanted to bring out elements of the relationships between the characters and how their personification makes them relatable to us as a people. Themes of the book such as death, struggle and migration have immense resonance with us as human beings at the moment, and I wanted to explore that sense of personal struggle and journey with the dancers. I work a lot with text and this is a book which I’ve recently rediscovered throughout the creation process which has been a joy to explore, especially as Adams passed away last year.

Why did you decide to do this particular piece with Transitions?

I’ve had the idea for the work in my mind since last year when Adams passed away. The book had an immense impact of some formative moments of my childhood and when I came to really unpicking it, I felt that the energy and themes really suited Transitions. They’re at the start of a really exciting artistic journey and I think it’s a special time to work off a story which resonates both with childlike fantasies and very raw and power human emotions, such as loss, suffering and family.

Transitions was the very first student touring company and recently celebrated 35 years. Do you think it has had an impact/what impact do you think it has had on the dance landscape?

Student companies allow dancers to process their training to date and it’s also an incredibly formative time within a person’s career and life. I know from friends and colleagues experiences’ that they grew as performers and dance artists during their time within various student companies and it’s also a prime opportunity to gain insight into working in a professional repertory company. I’ve had the privilege of working with several graduates from Transitions and its impact on the international dance seen is I’m sure felt by everyone in a very positive way.

It’s almost impossible to get gigs in the industry without having some kind of professional experience, so companies like Transitions offer that bridge and allow for dancers to learn new skills and challenge themselves in a supportive environment, whilst connecting with makers who have a direct interest in working with artists at the beginning of their careers. It’s something I’m very supportive of and feel strongly about. Since 2014, I have always employed recent graduates in my own company.


By Robyn Donnelly (Press & PR)


Transitions 2018 Tour | 19 February – 24 May

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Interview: Tara D’Arquian

Ahead of the world premier of the collaborative performance piece ‘Bad Faith’, we caught up with the work’s co-creator and Trinity Laban alumnus Tara D’Arquian. 

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Image: Tara D’Arquian (Credit: Joel O’Donoghue)

Your works often explore identity, what can you tell us about your inspiration for creating Bad Faith?

Bad Faith is part of body of work which started with In Situ, part of Compass Commissions, Trinity Laban and Greenwich Dance Partnership. This is the epilogue of Quests which was the second piece of the trilogy and commissioned by Greenwich Dance.

The whole trilogy is an exploration of identity, the conflict of identity to be more accurate.

We, as human beings seem to be constantly striving to define our self while the self is indefinable. Bad Faith focuses on womanhood and conflicts of identity related to being a woman and the social pressures they are confronted to.

As a young woman, I’ve been exposed to the profound psychological and emotional suffering of older women in my life. The feeling of powerlessness which I experienced as a result led me to put it into movement. By doing so, my aim was first to make sense of these distressing states and attempt at creating value from it. Each piece is the result of a long and collective investigation.

Can you tell us about collaborating with poet Jemima Foxtrot during the creative process?

Collaborating with Jemima has been a great joy. Not only is she a brilliant poet, she is generous and authentic both as an artist and as a person.
It is empowering working with all these strong women, both in the creative team and the cast. I suppose it has also nourished me and my work.

All in all, this has been one of the most human and heart-warming creative process I’ve been part of.

What message would you like people to take from the work?

Hope. Always hope. This time it’s about freedom and courage. I’d like for Bad Faith to make people feel free to be what they want to be and to come to realize that the only limits in life are those of our own mind, which are self-delusions.

Your previous works (In Situ and Quests) have been site-sensitive/specific, can audience expect the same of Bad Faith?

No. Bad Faith is conceived for a more traditional stage environment. That being said, my previous site-sensitive explorations are certainly informing my process while making Bad Faith. Consequently, although it is a piece designed for a traditional stage, we encounter the space as site. Our protagonist is an actress.


Bad Faith | 14 & 15 MAR 19.30h | Laban Theatre

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