Sports Massage uses deep manipulation of the soft tissue to correct problems and imbalances caused by strenuous physical activity. Sports massage is an effective way to release tension and restore balance in your musculoskeletal system.
Your therapist will use a combination of trigger point techniques, cross-fibre friction and myofascial release, alongside joint mobilisations and stretches. Sports massage also combines elements of Swedish massage and Deep Tissue massage to improve blood flow to your muscles and increase oxygen levels in the body.
The greatest advantages of sports massage is to help overcome fatigue, reducing blood lactate levels, reduce recovery time, especially during periods of competitions and consequently enhancing performance at your next event. A pre-event massage can help to decrease pre-competition anxiety as well as preparing the muscles for competition therefore aiding the athlete during their event
However, you don’t have to be a professional athlete to benefit from this treatment; it can also help lengthen and strengthen muscles and joints in those who work out casually. This type of massage will help improve flexibility and may reduce recovery time.
The benefits of sports massage therapy include:
- Increase blood flow
- Promote lymphatic drainage
- Reduce muscle tension
- Improve movement and flexibility
- Prevention of muscular injury
- Promote muscle repair
- Part of a rehabilitation programme
Sports massage is also ideal for those who don’t necessarily play sports, but perhaps sit in the same position for long periods, or carry out repetitive tasks. It can restore stiff, sore muscles to ones that move with pain-free ease; giving freedom from pain and discomfort.