By utilising specialist techniques and stretches, sports massage will help to promote health and well-being and it can also improve mood and overall performance, both athletically and at work. A sports massage brings many benefits including rehabilitation from injury and having this kind of massage on a regular basis can prevent injury.
It is available to men and women who may be experienced athletes or are new to exercise and physical activity, as well as people who have been injured at work or during other activities.
What does a sports massage do?
Relieves muscle pain and soreness
Improves muscle tone and circulation
Conditions your body
Shortens recovery time from exercise or injury
Compensates for a lack of exercise and inactivity caused by illness or operation
Improves range of motion and muscle flexibility, resulting in improved power and performance
Stimulates weak inactive muscles
Prevents injury and a loss of mobility
Why get a sports massage?
The primary difference is that sports massage focuses on obtaining maximum physical function over obtaining maximum relaxation, which is the primary aim of most non-sports massage sessions.
In terms of how a sports massage might differ from what is typically called a deep tissue massage, a sports massage is more area-specific, focussing on larger and older knots that have built up over longer periods of time due to high training volume, trauma, muscle imbalance or poor biomechanics.
What to expect during your massage treatment?
Treatment will begin with lighter palpations of the area to uncover areas of tension. Once found, your therapist will then gradually begin to work deeper into the tissue. Don’t worry, though, communication will be maintained throughout and intensity adjusted to suit your preference and ensure that you’re comfortable.
On conclusion of the massage, your therapist will likely give you advice on any further treatment or stretches that may help in the interim, as well as ensure you have plenty of water to drink to flush out those toxins.