Deep Tissue / Sports Massage
If you’re an athlete, a hands-on massage is an important part of your training, to keep you injury-free for the duration of your training and making it to the start line. When your muscles are tight, your range of motion suffers. Massage helps your body recover faster, so it feels better and stronger. Whatever your sport, you’ll benefit most if you have a massage both during training and after your competition.
And you don’t have to be a pro athlete to reap the benefits of any type of massage.
A sports massage integrates several techniques including active-isolated stretching and with my unique active style of massage that includes moving muscles, joints, and bones – it is a massage tailored to your needs. Reducing recovery time can help cut down on injuries as well. Combined with stretching, nutrition, and warm and cold therapy, it can definitely help you reach your goals.
Focus on the health benefits of sports massage and revive overworked muscles with massage and bodywork. It works out muscle kinks, releases physical stress and soothes the mind. Designed to help maintain your physical condition, boost your energy and endurance, improve your range of motion and prevent injuries to muscles and tendons. Anyone who exercises or works in an active job can benefit from sports massage. This type of massage helps muscles deal with the repetitive motions inherent to these activities. Muscles get sore when the fibers become constricted and this can occur from tension, lack of stretching or overactivity. Sports massage works to get the kink out so the muscle can perform optimally. When your muscles are tense, blood – with the oxygen and the nutrients it carries – cannot flow through them efficiently, making them more prone to pain, stiffness, cramps and spasms. If you’re an active person, you’ll find that you won’t be able to perform up to your potential and will be more volunerable to injury. By manipulating the muscles and soft tissues around them to spread the constricted muscle fibers, this action increases circulation to those issues, relaxing the muscles and reducing pain as it promotes the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, into the bloodstream.
As with other types of massage, sports massage also improves the flow of lymph fluid, which carries immune-boosting white blood cells and also filters out toxins and waste products. Active people especially need their systems cleared of lactic acid. Eventually the body will rid itself of these byproducts on its own, but massage speeds up that process so the muscles are more quickly prepared for the next activity, to heal and relax muscles while still energizing the body.
Post-event massage can be performed immediately after strenuous activity. The purpose is to slow down the body, relax the muscles, and promote the excretion of the byproducts and toxins that have built up. A postcompetition massage is more intense to flush toxins, such as lactic acid, out of the muscles. If these toxins accumulate in soft tissue, they can create adhesions that lead to muscle shortness – knots – and weakening. The adhesions prevent blood and oxygen from flowing freely, leading to depleted muscles, which can cause new problems.
Maintenance massage can be done at any time between trainings. The purpose is to keep the muscles limber and flexible, enhance circulation and promote relaxation. A maintenance massage addresses all areas of the body – particularly those most stressed by physical activity – using a combination of compression, kneading and stroking.