What is a sports massage
A sports massage is a massage specifically designed for athletes and other active people. It uses deep tissue techniques to relieve pain and tension in particular muscle groups. It will usually focus on a set of muscles used in a particular sport in order to relieve current injuries, prevent future injuries, and improve overall performance. It employs a range of techniques but tend to be primarily focused on the stretching and compression of the muscles.
What are the benefits of a sports massage
They are not just for professional athletes. Anyone who takes part in regular physical activity, or even those who do not exercise at all, can benefit a great deal. Research shows that a regular sports massage can work wonders for both your physical and mental health. Here are just a few of the reasons you should consider booking a session.
1. Relieve pain
Many people will find themselves aching for days after a workout, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Discomfort following exercise is usually due to a build-up of muscular tension. A sports massage can locate areas of tension and relieve the pressure before it causes you too much pain.
2. Recover from injuries
No matter how careful you are, sporting injuries can still occur. Minor injuries such as muscle sprains may be little more than an annoyance at first but, left untreated, they can grow into something much worse. A sports massage can nip minor injuries in the bud, allowing you to continue exercising without risking further damage. Sports massages are also highly effective in treating major injuries. By targeting the site of the injury specifically, it can significantly reduce your recovery time.
3. Prevent future injuries
As well as helping you to recover from sporting injuries, a sports massage can prevent them from happening in the first place. By targeting the muscles that bear the brunt of your chosen sport, a sports massage can relieve pressure and tension before it leads to an injury. By planning ahead, you could save yourself weeks of recovery time in the long run.
4. Improve your performance
It is designed to increase your flexibility and mobility. Whatever your sport of choice, this will be hugely beneficial to your performance. Whether it is getting to the football a split second faster, or diving an extra few inches to make a shot in tennis, improving your flexibility will give you the edge over your opponents. Sports massages also increase the blood flow to your muscles. Better circulation will improve your stamina and reduce the build-up of lactic acid (the substance responsible for muscle fatigue during exercise).
5. Feel more relaxed
As well as the physical benefits, a regular sports massage can work wonders for your general sense of well being. Research shows that people who get regular massages tend to sleep better and are less likely to suffer from stress or anxiety in their daily lives. A sports massage can make you feel like a winner both on and off the field.
Book your session today
There is a lot of trust involved in a sports massage, so finding the right therapist is essential. I have over ten years of experience as an osteopath, personal trainer and sports massage therapist, so I know exactly what the body needs to achieve maximum sporting performance. I believe in taking a holistic approach to treatment. I will also take the time to really understand your situation and offer personalised treatment and lifestyle advice. Get in touch today for more details!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further questions or please call 0203 146 5585 to book.