Benefits of Sports & Deep Tissue Massage:
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.
Massage therapy can be carried out before, during, or after playing sports or exercising 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.
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.
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.
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.
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