Sports Massage & Stretching
Our Sports Massage & Stretching sessions are designed to help you maximize your performance, as well as prevent and relieve injuries and conditions associated with exercise, other strenuous or repetitive activities, or accidents. Sports massage can treat a variety of ailments and injuries that may occur as a result of exercise or other activities. It also has other benefits that allow you to train or exercise more efficiently.
When Is The Best Time To Get A Sports Massage?
Your Sports Massage can be carried out before, during, or after playing sports or exercising. Sessions can be tailored as a pre-workout stretch and opportunity to warm up the muscles, or as a post-workout massage designed to reduce soreness and increase flexibility.
Speak with your therapist to develop a plan to meet your goals. Your therapist will customize each session to meet your needs, and may incorporate techniques that are designed to increase endurance and performance, minimize the chances of injury and, if there is an injury, reduce the recovery time.
What to Expect during A Sports Massage Session
We ask that you dress comfortably for these sessions, and you will be in shorts and/or a sports bra top, and/or draped with only the area of the body that is being treated exposed during massages.
Sessions begin with functional assessment which may include muscle testing, asking questions, and range of motion exercises. Your massage therapist will draw on their experience and advanced training to address your individual needs during each session.
A variety of specific, practical applications will likely be used including Swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy, MET, myofascial release, trigger point release, neuromuscular, Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques, scar tissue mobilization techniques, kneading, friction, active/passive stretching, as well as complimentary hot/cold therapies and liniments.
This type of massage is specifically tailored to sporting injuries or ailments. It is not meant to be a passive, relaxing massage experience. It can sometimes be quite strenuous and can help relieve chronic pain and tension, constriction, adhesions, fatigue, and ischemia or trigger points that accumulate due to injuries, repetitive motions, poor posture or other unbalanced use of the body.
Therapeutic massage helps to realign collagen fibers, break up scar tissue, decrease muscle spasms, and improve range of motion and posture, and relieve and reduce the stress and tension that can build up within the body’s soft tissues while exercising or engaging in other activities.
Massage Therapy for Sports, Fitness, & Recovery
Some benefits that sports massage offers are:
These benefits also include reducing stress, tension, and anxiety while promoting relaxation by activating your parasympathetic nervous system. You get an increase in dopamine and serotonin levels as well as a reduction in cortisol levels, hormones directly linked to stress. This new, relaxed state encourages focus, a good thing to have before going into any demanding or competitive situation!
Sports massage is not only for professional athletes or people that exercise heavily. It is of benefit to anyone that engages in strenuous, repetitive activities or exercises, even if it is only mild exercise such as regular walking.
Make Massage Therapy a Part of Your Fitness Plan
It’s important to note that therapists and the latest scientific research suggest that a massage here and there is nice, but won’t give you the same benefits as a regular massage program. Like exercise itself, the benefits are cumulative, meaning the more regularly you receive a massage, the more you’ll benefit. Think of it as preventative maintenance.