Sports massage uses a variety of pressure – often deeper, more intense and focused than in conventional massage – to speed up an athlete’s recovery time and help prevent injury.
What is sports massage?
Many athletes believe that a complete training programme should include not just the exercise itself, but also regular massage. Because each sport uses the muscle groups in different ways, a qualified sports massage therapist will have a sound knowledge of the muscular and skeletal systems, and tailor the treatment for each individual athlete. Sports massage is often supplemented by other massage therapy styles.
What is sports massage good for?
A sports massage has many benefits for an athlete, or anyone performing regular exercise.* relax your muscles* fight fatigue* relieve any swelling you have around your joints* boost circulation and the immune system so that the body heals more quickly* improve your flexibility and body strength* reduce your heart rate and blood pressure* increase your circulation and lymph flow* make it easier for you to recover more quickly after you’ve done strenuous exercise* make it less likely you’ll get more injuries by getting rid of the tension in the muscles.
Sports massage can also read the body to see if there are any areas where the soft tissue or muscle is weaker, and help strengthen it to prevent it from breaking down. Some people even believe that sports massage can provide that extra “edge” to competitive athletes, getting the body into shape faster and reducing recovery time after heavy workouts. Although sports massage is aimed at people who regularly push their bodies through strenuous exercise, it can benefit the everyday-Kay, too.
If you’re running around with small children all the time, or you have a physically demanding job, a regular sports massage may help you. Sports massage is often prescribed by doctors to treat back or muscle-strain or as part of a rehabilitation programme for people who’ve had an injury.