Sports Massage

Sports massage uses deep manipulation of the soft tissue to correct problems and imbalances caused by strenuous physical activity. Sports massage is an effective way to release tension and restore balance in your musculoskeletal system. Incorporating regular massages into your training plan can support your recovery, performance and help to prevent injuries.

Myofascial Cupping

What is Myofascial Cupping?
Myofascial cupping is an ancient eastern healing art that is gaining popularity in the western world due to its many benefits. During a treatment, suction cups are used to create a negative pressure on superficial tissues to draw nutrient rich blood which promotes healing. Traditionally, in eastern medicine they would use fire to remove the air from glass cups creating a vacuum effect, and place the cups along energy meridians. However at Ben Gooding Sports Massage this is modified and the cups I used are plastic with a suction gun to remove the air.

  • Healing tissues by bringing increased circulation and oxygen to enhance collagen production and tissue repair (great for scar tissue)
  • Creates a negative pressure which passively stretches myofascial tissue, resulting in increased range of motion
  • Assists in reduction of localized inflammation and helps with recovery
  • Breaks up adhesions in the fascial and musculoskeletal tissues
  • Clearing the pores and removing surface toxins while pulling out old stagnate blood and toxins from the deep myofascial tissues
  • Increases fluid movement which helps with detoxification of the lymphatic system, and organ systems
  • Relieves muscle spasms that often cause pain
  • Relaxes the sympathetic nervous system to aid stress reduction and healing
  • Stimulates the blood flow to rejuvenate skin, aiding in cellulite and edema reduction and skin toning/strengthening

While cupping is extremely safe to use on most people, there are some contraindications that may prevent the use of cupping such as:

  • History of vascular disease such as DVT or varicose veins
  • Pregnancy
  • Any bleeding, internal or external
  • Open wounds or sensitive/fragile skin
  • Recent operation
  • Heart problems
  • Blood thinning medications

**Clients should take note that any cupping treatment has the potential to leave marks on the skin. These marks are not bruises and generally aren’t tender, but can appear as light or dark red, or even purple in some cases. These marks can last anywhere from 1-7 days, therefore cupping is not recommended if, for example, you have a special occasion approaching and will be showing some skin!

Workplace Wellbeing

Offering sports massage as a staff benefit can have positive effects on workplace morale, productivity and employee happiness. Not only are you demonstrating that you are invested in their wellbeing, you’re also helping to keep them fit which may reduce sickness absence rates.

I offer a number of options for workplace massage:
  • One-off visits
  • Regular monthly programmes
Retainer option where I will respond to your employee’s needs on an as and when basis.


I am fully insured and have First Aid training for event work. Please contact me should you wish to discuss how I can help you at your event.

  • pre event – prepares participants and enhances their performance, reducing the risk of injury
  • post event – speeds up recovery by stimulating circulation, reducing swelling and removing waste products

When To Have A Sports Massage

  • In preparation for an event (ideally 3-5 days before performance)
  • Recovering from an event (ideally 1-5 days after performance)
  • Following an injury (to increase recovery speed and quality of injury repair)
  • When performing activity on a regular basis
  • When feeling tight, tense, sore or have increased DOMS
  • If you have acute or chronic soft tissue injuries

When Not To Have A Sports Massage

  • If you have general massage contraindications (open wounds, broken bones, bursitis, periostitis, rheumatoid arthritis, myositis ossificans, skin infections, thrombosis, bleeding disorders)
  • If you are looking for a gentle experience. A sports massage is deep tissue, and you may experience some discomfort during the massage

Run Coaching Packages

Personalised and bespoke plans tailored for you; I will consider your work life balance considering how much time you can commit.
  • Suitable for all runners
  • Comprehensive plan to help you reach your goals. Initial phone call to discuss these.
  • Weekly plan tailored around you and your commitments..
  • Support via WhatsApp or Facebook
  • Training monitored via Strava or Garmin.
  • £30 per/month no contract.

Personal Training Packages

I recognise that training needs are individual – that’s why I offer dedicated one-on-one training sessions to help you achieve your goals. My training sessions can take place in your home, office, gym or in an outdoor space such as a park – whatever works best for you and your schedule. To accompany the regular exercise sessions, I’ll also design training plan, to maximise your training results.



“Ben’s service is second to none. It was my first time so I was little nervous at first but straight away Ben made me feel at ease and explained everything in great detail. He also went above and beyond, giving me hints and tips of how I can stretch different muscle groups. 10/10”