What is a Sports Massage?
Not just for athletes! Injury prevention/recovery and peak performance!
Sports massage helps your body deal with the stress of rigorous and repeated movements that are involved in sports and exercise. This is great for serious athletes or casual joggers alike. Sports massage works with the soft tissues of the body to prevent and heal from injuries and optimize your bodies performance and recovery abilities. Anybody with injuries, pain, or restricted movement can benefit from this style of therapeutic massage.
Did you know that in the 2012 Olympic Games, Massage was finally recognized under the medical category of services? Olympic athletes know they need to take exceptional care of themselves to achieve peak performance. Sports Massage plays an important role in this.
When can sports massage be done?
A sports massage can be done anytime you want to focus on specific problems related to movement in the body. It can be an extremely effective part of your training regimen.
- Pre Event: Massage 2 days before event to prepare the body for optimal performance
- Post Event: Massage following your event asap to help the muscles recover fully and quickly
- During Training: Train harder and with less injury as you keep your muscles in top shape
- During Events: Very short massages to stimulate the muscles that are needed for the activty
- Rehabilitative (post injury/surgery): Alleviate pain and help the body make a full recovery after a specific injury or surgery.
What kind of benefits are associated with sports massage?
- Decreased muscle soreness (DOMS)
- Increased range of movement
- Increased flexibility
- Faster recovery
- Improved Circulation
- Improved Relaxation
- Reduces pain
- Decrease time between workouts
- Reduce Inflammation
- Increase energy production in muscles
What techniques are used?
A sports massage session will always start with some form of warming up and relaxing the muscles, preparing for deeper work. Common techniques include rubbing, compression, tapotement, cross fibre friction, and stretching. These techniques are drawn from various massage modalities such as:
- British Sports Therapy
- Myofascial Release
- Swedish Massage
- Orthopedic Massage
- Neuromuscular Therapy
- Trigger Point Therapy
Practitioners of Sports Massage
Our massage therapists are knowledgeable in the physiology and kinesiology of the human body during movement and stress, so that they can assess your condition properly based on your activities and their observations of your body.