What is Sports Massage?
Sports massage was originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. Sports massage emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons.
A sports massage is a good choice if you have a specific problem — a tender knee from running, for instance. It is also be a good idea to see a movement therapist, who can help you identify and correct the movement pattern that might be causing your injury in the first place. But you don’t have to be and athelete to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. The massage therapist generally concentrates on a specific problem area.
Key benefits of Sports Massage
Regular Sports massage therapy can offer physiological and psychological benefits and can assist with:
- Increased flexibility
- Decreased pain and adhesion breakdown
- Encourage recovery & fight fatigue
- Reduce natural tension build up
- relax the body and nervous system
- assist with minimising cramping
– Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness Prevention
Sports massage therapy can prevent or relieve delayed onset muscle soreness. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, delayed soreness typically begins to develop 12 to 24 hours after the exercise has been performed. DOMS may produce the greatest pain between 24 and 72 hours after the exercise has been performed. Sports massage therapy prevents delayed onset muscle soreness by encouraging blood and lymph flow throughout the body, preventing muscle fatigue.
– Stress and Pain Reduction
Sports massage therapy can help a person manage stress. When a person receives a sports massage, their body releases neurotransmitters called endorphins. According to American Spa, endorphins are released by two centres of the brain known as the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus, and they act as the body’s natural pain reliever. Endorphins that are released due to receiving a sports massage help to decrease anxiety, provide pain relief, improve mood and enhance a person’s state of well-being.
Are you an elite or amateur athlete, self confessed gym junkie or dedicated triathlete? Whatever your sport and program of choice, we have you covered!
Our team can assist you with your massage needs during your training periods.
- harness the body awareness that develops during massage – let that be your competitive advantage
- develop body symmetry
- free up fascial tension to assist with muscle development and growth
- facilitate recovery by placing sessions in taper weeks or after big training sessions.