Sports massage is focused and systematic, targeting muscles that are used in a specific sport. It uses various techniques to decrease muscle pain and improve recovery, as well as improve overall range of motion and flexibility to support safe and effective movement.
What exactly is Sports Massage?
Sports Massage is a style of bodywork that addresses the particular needs of athletes. Sports Massage is a special form of massage and is typically used before, during, and after athletic events, as well as off-season, pre-season and post-season massage. The purpose of the sports massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Sports Massage utilizes a mixture of techniques ranging from Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofacial Release, and Facilitated Stretching.
Will Sports Massage help my injury?
Yes. Sports massage is proven to reduce recovery time, sometimes dramatically, by shortening the time it takes for injuries to heal, and makes the after effects “better”. Sports Massage reduces the swelling and edema associated with soft tissue injuries. After a serious injury, Sports Massage helps form strong pliable scar tissue instead of the usual random stiff scar tissue, so that range of motion and tissue extensibility are maintained.
What is the benefits for Sport Massage?
Improved flexibility and range of motion
Enhanced circulation and lymphatic flow
Reduced muscle tension and soreness
Prevention of injuries and muscle imbalances
Faster recovery from intense physical activity
Improved mental relaxation and focus
Will Sports Massage really make me stronger or faster, or increase my performance?
Yes, in an indirect way. Sport Massage tweaks your body to a state of higher efficiency so that you can get more speed, more strength, more performance. Sports Massage breaks down muscle adhesions, relieves knots, increases range of motion, decreases pain, increases circulation, stretches tight muscles, reduces stiffness and generally reduces the negative after effects of hard training. This means you can train harder than you ever have before. You can excel to higher levels than you thought possible.
What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
Before the session starts, you will have to fill out a confidential health history form and discuss the goals for the massage, such as relaxation, de-stressing, or pain reduction. After the assessment, you will be left alone in the room to undress to your level of comfort. You’ll then get onto the massage table with the sheets draped over you. When you are ready, your therapist will enter the room and begin the massage by becoming grounded and connecting with you, and then commence with the bodywork. When the massage is over, your therapist will leave the room for you to re-dress in private.