Perfect for athletes everywhere! Sports massage should be a regular part of every athlete’s training program. Athletes have different massage needs at different times.
There are four basic goals of sports massage:
Massage can stretch tissues that could not be stretched in the usual methods. Bundles of muscle fibres are stretched lengthwise as well as sideways. Massage can also stretch the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle, so releasing any tension or pressure build up.
Tension and waste products in muscles can often cause pain. Massage helps reduce this in many ways including releasing the body's endorphins. If massage is done with brisk movements this can produce an invigorating feeling.
Improvement of tissue elasticity
Hard training can make tissues hard and inelastic, increasing the likelihood of strains and tears during a workout. Sports Massage helps reverse this by stretching the tissues, increasing their elasticity and your flexibility so you can avoid injury.
Muscles relax through heat generated, circulation and stretching. Mechanoreceptors which sense touch, pressure, tissue length and warmth are stimulated causing a reflex relaxation. Relaxation is induced and so reduces anxiety levels.
When is it best to get a Sports Massage? All the time!
A quick treatment (rhythmic pumping) is a supplement to warm-up. It boosts circulation and increases flexibility and range of motion, thereby reducing muscle pain and soreness, leaving muscles relaxed and ready for action. Pre-event massage can help prevent muscle and tendon injuries and reduce the strain and discomfort of training. It also can be a great psychological advantage in competition..
Throughout training and rigorous regular athletic activity, massage helps prevent injuries. Areas of muscular stress can result from repetitive or stressful motion and are typically precursors to injury. Sports massage assists in relieving muscular stress and preventing injuries, enabling harder and more consistent training. Adequate recovery is also a major factor in avoiding nagging minor injuries that inhibit maximum performance.
Recovery after a competition involves not only the normalization and repair of tissue, but also general relaxation and mental calming. Post-event sports massage increases circulation to quicken the removal of fatigue toxins, relieve muscle spasms, and prevent soreness. It is used to assist athletes in recovery and in regaining their pre-event condition by relaxing tight, fatigued muscles, tendons, and ligaments.