Therapeutic Sports Massage
Sports massage blends Swedish massage strokes and compression, pressure-point therapy, cross-fiber friction, joint mobilization, stretching and range of motion techniques. Sports massage can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement. Each type of sport has different demands on the body and how the muscles are used, sports massage is designed to address those specific needs. It can also help strained muscles, and allow the healthy ones reach peak performance and while reducing the risk of injury. Sports massage can be applied to anyone; active people or once a week joggers.
Benefits of Sports Massage include: relief of muscular tension from over use, reduction of soft tissue inflammation, reduction in chronic pain, reduces chance of injury, increases range of motion, improves flexibility, improves circulation, and improves overall performance.
Professional athletes and their coaches have sworn by massage therapy for years, going so far as to keep massage therapists on the payroll indefinitely. Thanks to new studies and some backing by reputable sources, the benefits of massage are being taken seriously. And those benefits are not just for the pros. They’re extended to anyone who participates in a regular exercise program.
As an exerciser or an athlete, you’ll benefit more from a deep tissue or sports massage than you will a spa soft-and-gentle-and-smelling-good massage. However, these types of massage may not always be comfortable.
A sports massage often involves a fast-paced massage, stretching and other approaches, depending upon the sport in which you participate. It can be tailored to be used as a pre-workout stretch and opportunity to warm up the muscles or used as a post-workout massage designed to reduce soreness and increase flexibility. Different techniques are used for pre-event massage, intermediate massage (massage during the event that day) and post-event massage to get the muscles warmed up, stretched out, and spasm-free or for relaxation.
The deep tissue massage often is suggested by massage therapists because it works on particular issues you may have, applying heavier pressure on layers of muscles and other deep tissues. Don’t expect to be comfortable throughout this massage. It’s designed to get into knots and tension the muscles may be holding. But be prepared. With their attention to soft tissue aches and pains, either type of massage can leave you feeling sore.