Sports massage isn’t just reserved for elite athletes. It’s now widely used by people participating in all levels of sport, and even those with just aches and pains. So how can it help you…….
Sports massage is designed to relieve muscular tension and restore balance to the musculo-skeletal system. Tension and muscular imbalances can be caused by sports, but can also be caused by daily activity, like sitting at a desk or driving. Improving these issues with massage is achieved with techniques designed to manipulate the muscle and it’s components. The physiological and psychological benefits of sports massage can be immense. Teamed with good training and nutrition, it can lead to significant improvements in health, performance and well being.
- Increased flexibility
- Improved performance
- Reduced muscular tension
- Reduced risk of injury
- Improved circulation
- Increased recovery time
- Realignment of scar tissue
- Enhanced muscular awareness
- Increased the permeability of the muscle tissue
- Improved posture
In and around sport
Massage can be used before, after and even during sports. Used effectively it can improve performance and allow quicker recovery after!
This is normal done in and around the warm up. It is used to help increase circulation to the muscle and make them more supple. It is also helpful on the more problematic areas affecting performance, i.e tight muscles and areas of previous injury. It can also help psychologically, giving the muscle increased sensitivity and help mentally prepare for the activity.
Sports massage directly after exercise is used to improve recovery. It helps remove waste chemicals from the muscle, and realign muscle fibers. The quicker the body can return itself to a recovered state, the sooner you can get back to training! The sooner you can get back to training, the fitter you will become!
Sports massage between training session is used to work on problems areas. Participating in any sport will cause certain muscle to have increase tension. These muscles vary depending on the sport, your posture and your flexibility. These sessions tend to be a lot deeper, but yield some of the best results. They can be help with current injuries, or help identify and treat areas susceptible to injury. This treatment will aid performance and help reduce your chance of injuries in the future……meaning you can train better and more consistently throughout the year.
Sports massage massage isn’t just for when aches and pains spring up. Used properly it can be done all year round to maintain health and well being in and out of sport. For more information or to book a session check out www.bourne-fit.co.uk