Whether you are performing on a field with teammates, rehearsing dance steps in front of a mirror, or running down a country road, pursuing physical fitness and sports can be exhilarating and rewarding. It is also demanding. Because of this, many sports and fitness enthusiasts seek massage therapy to help them perform their best and reach their personal goals. Regular massage can replenish your energy, keep your muscles healthy and supple, prevent injury, and even enhance your performance.
Maintaining Your Fit Body Therapeutic sports massage can support your fitness goals in a number of important ways:
Eases post-exercise soreness. Vigorous exercise can leave muscles feeling fatigued, stiff, and sore. Massage improves circulation. This speeds removal of irritating waste and brings in oxygen and nutrients muscles need to rejuvenate.
Reduces chronic tension and pain. Over time, muscle tightness can build, causing pain, impairing performance, and making you more prone to injury. Massage can reduce chronic tension and relieve trigger points, which are highly irritable spots that send pain into distant areas.
Increase flexibility and helps restore mobility. Massage stretches, lengthens, and increases pliability of shortened muscles as well as fascia, the elastic web of connective tissue that ties your body together.
Supports healthy joints. Massage releases tension that can restrict joint movement and impair healthy circulation.
Helps correct postural problems. I will work related muscle groups, such as the upper back and chest, to relieve stresses that impair body alignment and make movement difficult and tiring.
Supports efficient breathing. I will release tight muscles that restrict breathing and can work with you to establish better breathing habits.
Promotes restful sleep. Deep, restorative sleep allows your tissues time to repair naturally.
Increases body awareness. Becoming more aware of tight, painful areas can help you take steps to reduce tension and adjust your fitness routine to improve performance and avoid injury.
Calms the nervous system. This reduces stress and anxiety which can improve focus and boost performance.
Pre- and Post-Event Massage Massage can help you prepare for or recover from a competitive event. You may be surprised how much you can benefit from a brief 10-20 minute massage, given right through your clothes.
A massage shortly before your event warms and invigorates. Many athletes use this time to visualize their success. A post-event massage calms and relaxes. It relieves muscle spasms, helps clear metabolic waste from heavy muscle use, and increases blood and oxygen needed for recovery.
Massage for Sports Injuries For an active person, an injury can be frustrating, even emotionally devastating. The good news is, massage is highly effective for common sports injuries such as tendinitis, muscle strains, and ligament sprains.
Because massage reduces inflammation and swelling, tissues heal faster with less discomfort. In addition, certain techniques can make scar tissue more pliable and limit its formation. Massage also relieves secondary pain in areas that may tighten up to "guard" an injury. Finally, massage can help restore range of motion and the balance between muscle groups, helping you resume activity sooner, with less pain and freer movement.
The Psychological Edge Whether you are competing with others or working toward personal goals of strength, flexibility, and coordination, pursuing your passion requires tremendous commitment. It can draw on all your resources, physical, mental, and emotional. Massage works on all levels to help replenish what you've spent. It restores the body, refreshes the mind, and nurtures the spirit. Because massage supports the whole person, you gain not only a physical advantage, but a renewed drive and energy to pursue and realize your goals.
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