Sports massage techniques work deeply into muscles and soft tissues, helping to keep these structures supple and enabling the body to function at its best.
Sports massage works to encourage the health of both muscles and connective tissue. The main difference between sports massage and other types of massage is the deep tissue work and faster pace of the session with less emphasis on relaxation.
Communication during this session is key and the client has an active role during the treatment with breathing and positioning. There is less emphasis on relaxation than with other styles of massage.
Non-sports people with muscular aches and pains, resulting from poor posture or repetitive work patterns, may also find a sports massage approach helpful.
It’s important to be realistic about what one massage can achieve. Many people ask for more pressure, thinking that if the therapist just pushes hard enough, they can get rid of all their knots in an hour. This just won’t happen.
Sometimes undoing chronic knots and tension built up over a lifetime is best achieved with an integrated program that includes exercise, stretches, work on your posture and ways of moving, relaxation techniques and a regular program of massage.
Massage has become a necessary ingredient for a complete workout. More and more people are realizing that a complete workout routine includes not only the exercise itself, but also caring for the wear-and-tear and minor injuries that naturally occur with strenuous movement. The physiological and psychological benefits of massage make it an ideal complement to a total conditioning program.
The Benefits of Sports Massage
Regular sports massage can:
- Reduce the chance of injury, through proper stretching and event preparation, and through deep tissue massage;
- Improve range of motion and muscle flexibility, resulting in improved power and performance;
- Shorten recovery time between workouts;
- Maximize the supply of nutrients and oxygen through increased blood flow;
- Enhance elimination of metabolic by-products of exercise.