When most people hear the phrase 'sports massage', they nod knowingly and talk about how much it's supposed to hurt. While there may be a degree of discomfort while treating an area, a sports massage should never, ever cause pain.
Most athletes want to enhance their performance in their chosen sport and the downside of the hard training to achieve this is the potential for injury. A soft tissue therapist can help as regular massage can aid the athlete maintain their fitness levels and help reduce injury.
After training the muscles accumulate waste products, are depleted of nutrients, and sometimes some micro-trauma can occur. Massage can help stimulate blood flow throughout the tissues to bring fresh nutrients in and to help flush out the waste accumulated during training. This allows the body to rest and aids recovery more effectively than just resting alone.
Sports massage techniques can also be used to help warm up muscles before exercise (in a pre-event massage, for example). For many elite athletes, it is part of their regular training routine, but sports massage can be used by anyone no matter how active they are. If you move you body, you can benefit from sport massage.
techniques which may be used INCLUDE:
- Soft Tissue Release
- Muscular Energy Techniques
- Neuromuscular Techniques
- Myofascial Techniques
- Positional Release