Introduction to Sports Massage
We put our bodies through enormous daily stress. This stress can build up over time causing tense, tight and painful muscles.
When this is allowed to accumulate without treatment, it can have permanent effects on our posture and quality of life. It can cause muscle imbalance and weakened muscles.
In other words, our bodies may never be the same again.
A key area that gets neglected in our busy modern lives is a time for recovery. Recovery and rest is important. Without it, our bodies do not have the chance to release increasing tension and therefore can become permanently altered.
Why Sports Massage?
Non Sports Massage is a superficial treatment that aids the body to relax and flush out toxins from the body. Sports Massage has been developed to target specific muscle groups, to assess and treatment problematic areas. As a result of this treatment, injuires can be prevented, muscles can be lengthened, pain can diminish, and postural dysfunction can be corrected. Sports massage is fundamentally about stretching, moving and relaxing dysfunctional tissue to promote healing.
Massage has a number of benefits both physical, physiological and psychological. Getting a regular massage can improve overall health, prevent injuries and restore lost mobility to dysfunctional tissue. For an athlete it can boost their overall performance. Minor injuries can become problematic and turn into bigger problems. Massage can treat the majority of minor problems quickly and effectively and is a way of treating those problems before they become greater.
It is a popular misconception that sports massage is deep and painful. Yes it can be deep - but the depth and pressure will be suited to what is comfortable for the client. You do not have to be a regular sports person to enjoy the benefits of this treatment. Office workers who suffer from postural stress also find this treatment beneficial.
It has been known in some practices that problems that have not been treated by physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic and even surgery have been treated by massage. In a complementary role with other therapies, massage can speed recovery because of its wide range of benefits.
The benefits of Massage:
- Prevents injury/aids recovery
- Improves Sport Performance
- Improves overall health and quality of life
- Speeds recovery from muscle exertion
- Relaxes the mind and body
- Relieves sore, painful muscles without the use of painkillers
- Restores suppleness and elasticity
- Improves circulation
- Flushes out toxins that cause stress and soreness
- Improves range of movement
- Helps identify muscle irregularities before they turn into injuries
- Enhances body awareness
- Benefits anxiety and depression by releasing 'feel good' hormones
- Aids digestion
- Conditions treated:
- Tension headache
- Trapped nerve
- Postural dysfunction
- Backache caused by muscle dysfunction
- Sporting injury recovery
- Back and shoulder ache
- Stress management