What is Sports Massage Therapy?
People usually think that sports therapy is for professional athletes. However, anyone involved in physical activity can benefit from them. People who are active and work out often as well as those who have stressful busy lives and need more than a relaxing massage often choose sports massage. The focus isn’t generally on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and ailments and enhancing athletic performance.
A combination of techniques are used throughout the massage to stimulate the muscles as well as to relax them when required. A sports massage is generally deeper and more thorough than a Swedish or holistic massage. Therapists use passive stretching (where the therapist is stretching the muscles) to help loosen muscles and increase flexibility. Each massage will see the pressure and techniques adapted to suit the client’s individual needs and preferences.
What are the benefits of Sports Massage?
Massage helps to keep muscles supple and give them the ability to be at optimum performance during exercise or other day to day activities. It not only helps the muscles, but also helps promote blood flow throughout the circulatory system. It also helps to eliminate waste products naturally through the body’s own lymphatic system.
The massage will also ease any aches or pains within the muscles and ultimately keep the client at optimum performance.
What to expect during a Sports Massage
Before treatment, your therapist will provide a full consultation, asking you various questions about your health and lifestyle. They will ensure treatment is right for you and advise you of what to expect.
Therapists use a massage table or couch and oil or wax is used to help them feel the muscles. The techniques used help with enhancing performance, prevention of muscle damage, pre and post event treatments and remedial techniques to improve the muscle condition. These techniques also help with early detection of and the treatmeant of conditions associated with overuse. Treatments helps to provide improved self-awareness in whatever activity you undertake. The aim is to develop a targeted and individual treatment, including evaluation and monitoring to ensure the client’s specific needs are met.