Benefits of Sports Massage are not just for the pros. They’re extended to anyone who participates in a regular exercise program. Massage acts to improve performance, reduce pain, prevent injury, encourage focus and shorten recovery time.
The increased and enhanced blood circulation helps to relieve muscle tension, reduce soreness and make for a faster recovery. Relaxed muscles can experience an increase in range of motion and flexibility. Both of those benefits can lead to better athletic performance.
That relaxed, lowered-tension state encourages focus, a good thing to have before going into any sport, group exercise class or competition.
TYPES OF MASSAGE
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. licensed massage therapist Tamryn More uses different techniques 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.
Deep Tissue Massage
The deep tissue massage 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 tender.
When to Schedule a Massage
A massage here and there is nice, but won’t give you the same benefits as a regular massage program therefore the more regularly you receive a massage, the more you’ll reap the advantages.
Used as preventative maintenance or to address pain or to assist in recovery, massages can be an essential weapon in your training arsenal. They also help you to relax and feel physically and psychologically better, benefits that even the non-athlete would enjoy.
Research shows that in relation to exercise and athletic participation, massage can do the following:
- Reduce muscle tension
- Help athletes monitor muscle tone
- Promote relaxation
- Increase range of motion
- Decrease muscle stiffness and soreness after exercise
- Enhance athletic performance
- Help prevent injuries when massage is received regularly