Numerous studies have demonstrated that regular massage therapy enhances athletic performance. Athletes at all levels – whether professional or collegiate, in training, or those who participate in exercise programs to achieve and/or maintain fitness and wellness – can benefit by adding massage to their health regimen as a complement to their exercise routine, regardless of fitness level.
Regular athletic/sports massage can improve performance and conditioning, increase strength and stamina, help maintain peak fitness levels, prevent injury, and speed recovery.
According to Mark F. Beck, author of Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage, “athletic massage can reduce recuperation time by as much as 50 percent. It is also three to five times more effective in combating fatigue than simply resting, because it encourages lymph drainage to quickly flush out the metabolic wastes of exertion.”
Other benefits include:
- Helps athletes monitor muscle tone
- Promotes relaxation
- Reduces muscle tension
- Increases range of motion
- Improves soft tissue function
- Supports recovery of heart rate and diastolic blood pressure after high-intensity exercise
- Decreases muscle stiffness and fatigue after exercise
- Decreases delayed onset muscle soreness
- Reduces swelling
- Reduces breathing pattern disorders
The professionals at Elements Massage have the training to provide you with the most effective athletic/sports massage. Key to optimizing its benefits is an understanding of your sport and the specific physical challenges it presents, along with knowledge of the correct timing and techniques for pre-event, post-event, in-training, or maintenance athletic massage. For example, pre-event massage may help stimulate blood flow and reduce resistance. A post-event session may focus on relaxing the muscles, regulating circulation, and addressing sprains, strains or injuries if they have occurred. It is regular maintenance massage that can best provide structural changes needed to prevent injuries and enhance athletic performance.
We all know how critical exercise is to overall health and well-being. Elevate your performance and get the most from your efforts by supporting your athletic activities and fitness routines with regular massage.