Sports Massage: Unleash Your Inner Beast!
Who needs a Sports Massage?
Whether you're a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, Sports massage is designed specifically with you in mind! If you're looking to improve your conditioning and overall performance, while recovering faster and with fewer injuries, you should look into incorporating a regular massage program into your routine.
When it comes to maintaining a serious training regimen consistency is key. The constant stress that we place on our bodies is directly responsible for our increased strength and growth but can also cause some unwanted side effects as well. If you have ever trained hard for an event or were just trying to get your beach body only few months prior to the nice weather, then you know that pain is an unavoidable part of the process. However, too much pain will inevitably negatively affect your training and hinder your results. Used as preventative maintenance or to address pain and assist with recovery, massages can be an essential weapon in your training arsenal.
How will I benefit from a Sports Massage?
One of the key benefits of Sports massage therapy compared to other modalities is its ability to target muscle-tendon junctions. This type of massage is unique and is often used either before, during, or following athletic events. The sports massage prepares the muscles for peak performance. It drains away fatigue, reduces muscle tension, relieves swelling, improves flexibility and prevents possible injuries from occurring. When minor injuries and lesions occur, Sports massage treatments can help your body effectively manage the pain and quickly heal your strained muscles. tendons and ligaments.
How does this type of massage work?
Sports massage utilizes myofascial release techniques and other advanced Swedish massage techniques to stretch the fascia; a fibrous network of connective tissue made of collagen and elastin that surrounds the muscles, tendons, organs and bones within the body. Hard training increases muscle tone and can also cause the fascia to become hard and lose elasticity, This will result in a loss of flexibility and can increase your chances of becoming injured. The manipulating and stretching of soft tissue and fascia during a Sports massage will restore your the flexibility and increase your range of mobility.
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness Prevention: SWEET PAIN!
Another term for the pain and discomfort one experiences following an intense training session is called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). The American College of Sports Medicine states that delayed soreness typically begins to develop 12 to 24 hours after the exercise has been performed. However, DOMS may produce the greatest pain between 24 and 72 hours following the training session. Sports massage therapy sessions help prevent delayed onset muscle soreness by facilitating blood and lymph flow throughout the body and also by aiding or even preventing muscle fatigue.
Will Sports Massage therapy help relieve my stress?
When a person receives a Sports massage, their pituitary gland and the hypothalamus releases neurotransmitters called endorphins. These are the body's natural pain relievers and also improve a persons mood which enhances their overall state of well-being. Endorphins are the reason we feel so great after a workout! Often referred to a "Runner's High."
The latest research conducted by scientists from the Buck Institute for Research on Aging at McMaster University in Ontario shows that therapeutic massage and modalities such as Sports massage promotes the growth of new mitochondria. Which basically means that regular massage treatments not only relieves pain but also helps your body to build new muscle fiber and encourages their recovery as well.
When should I schedule a Sports Massage?
Pre-Event: This massage is designed to stimulate and focuses on the areas of the body that will be exerted during the activity. Typically given 15-45 minutes before the event.
Post Event: Aids the tissues to return to their normal state and is received within 2 hours of undertaking the activity,
Restorative: Best received regularly while training for an event or for those looking to improve their personal bests and train harder. The goal of Restorative Sports Massage is to facilitate further training by preventing any possible injuries from occurring.
Rehabilitative: Its purpose is to alleviate pain related to a specific injury and to return the affected tissue to a normal state.
What can I expect during a Sports Massage?
A client assessment will be completed and will include a range of exercises that will allow your massage therapist to observe your posture, symmetry, flexibility and the mobility of your muscles and joints. They will also verify your range of motion through passive, active and resistive movements. Once an assessment has been completed prior to the treatment, it's likely that they will focus on specific areas of the body. That being said. A sports massage can definitely be a full body massage. However, this is not a massage that will put you to sleep. It's invigorating and often times fast-paced in order to increase circulation and blood flow to the muscles.
How often can I get a Sports Massage?
Like exercise itself, the benefits are cumulative, meaning the more regularly you receive massages, the more you’ll gain from their advantages. One thing to keep in mind is that you may leave a Sports massage or other therapeutic massage sessions feeling as sore as you would after a tough workout. So, you’ll want to schedule pre-event massages about three to five days prior to the actual event. I would also suggest scheduling your massage treatments on rest days. You would also do well to wait the three to five days afterwards for post-event massages in order for any stubborn soreness to dissipate.
What should I do after the massage?
Similar as to when you train, your muscles will be worked during a Sports massage. So, it’s likely that you may feel a little sore for a few days following the treatment. You may also feel a little cold and thirsty following the massage. It's very important to keep your muscles hydrated by drinking plenty of water. This will also help you to eliminate the toxins that were released from your muscles during the massage.Taking a hot bath can also help your muscles to continue to relax. Ice can also be applied if there is any inflammation.
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