Sports massage is a massage that goes deep into the muscle tissues.
Sports massage can be broken down into 3 main groups:
Pre-Event – quick, energetic techniques are used to enhance an athlete’s warm up. This will increase circulation, stimulate the muscles and increase flexibility and range of motion. This reduces muscle pain and soreness and preps the athlete for their performance.
Post-event – a more calming technique is used to aid muscles in returning to their natural state. This can also bring the athlete down from the adrenaline of performing. Circulation is increased to aid in elimination of toxins to prevent muscle soreness, fatigue and spasms.
Maintenance – this uses different techniques to aid an athlete throughout their training. Myofacial release, neuromuscular therapy, orthopaedic sports and PNF stretching all help to keep the athlete in top shape. Some techniques are used to aid during certain injuries as well.
Benefits of a Sports Massage.
The benefits of any massage are numerous. These include maintaining the human body in a healthy condition, Improved circulation and lymphatic flow and the removal of metabolic waste from the body.
Research also indicates that massage is effective in managing chronic low back pain, anxiety, stress, high blood pressure
and helps with insomnia. A massage should always leave you feeling relaxed and revitalised.