What is Sports Massage?
As early as 3000BC, the Chinese have practiced massage to cure ailments and improve general health. In fact, the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and all major civilizations, including today’s western modern medicine, have recognised the benefits of massage.
Sports Massage is a specific type of massage developed over thousands of years. It is a blend of Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Neuromuscular and Trigger Point techniques; which are designed to improve and maintain soft tissues of the body, prevent injury and aid recovery of the body’s muscular systems.
Whether you’re a professional athlete or just like to keep fit. If you like to push yourself to your physical limits through movements such as running, cycling, hiking etc or simply exert yourself through strenuous daily activities for example, at work, mothers with small children, gardening etc – Sports Massage can help you!
Too many times people resort to taking prescribed tablets to mask out the pain caused by a muscular imbalance, but this is not getting to the root of the problem.
Sports Massage, applied skilfully, is arguably the most effective therapy for releasing muscular tension and restoring balance to the musculoskeletal system. Received regularly this may help prevent injuries caused by overuse.
There are 4 types of sports massages:
- Pre-event sports massage — a short, stimulating massage performed approximately 15 – 45 minutes before the event. This type of treatment is directed on the parts of the body that will be involved in the exertion.
- Post-event sports massage – ideally given within an hour or two after the event, to normalize the body’s tissues and aid recovery.
- Restorative sports massage – given throughout the training process to allow the athlete to train harder and with less injury.
- Rehabilitative sports massage — aimed at alleviating pain/ scar tissue due to injury and returning the body to health.
BENEFITS OF SPORTS MASSAGE:-
- Relieve Muscular Tension
- Relieve Stresses on Joints, Ligaments & Tendons
- Break Down Scar Tissue
- Prevent Injury
- Improve Flexibility of muscles, ligaments and tendons
- Increase both blood and lymphatic circulation
- Relieve lower back pain
- Relieve neck pain
- Ease headaches
- Induces relaxation
- Reduce anxiety / stress
- Reduce fatigue