Now that the wonderful spring weather is here, sports season is on the horizon. Whether you participate in a weekend pick-up league, like to hit the trail solo, or are a regular exerciser, sports massage can do wonders to up-level your performance.
How it Works
Massage can improve performance, reduce pain, prevent injury and encourage shorter recover periods by eliciting two different bodily responses: mechanical and reflex. The mechanical response stems from the pressure and application of movement from a massage while the reflex response is the body’s nerve response to the stimulation of a massage session.
Massage can deliver a healthy boost to your cardiovascular system by directly impacting circulation. This increased blood flow helps deliver more oxygen and nutrients to your body and in turn, facilitates a quicker removal of waste products and toxins. Better blood flow can also reduce muscle tension, reduce stiffness, and help restore muscles for a quicker recovery process.
Sports activities require more than just physical strength. In fact, the non-physiological ramifications of a massage may do more repair for fostering a better ability to focus. Massage can reduce stress, tension, and anxiety while promoting relaxation through activating the parasympathetic nervous system. This can boost production of dopamine and serotonin levels while reducing the stress hormone, cortisol.
While sports massage may not always be the most comfortable, this modality provides an excellent opportunity to work on particular areas of the body that need help letting go of tension and knots. Book your next appointment with our talented team at Elements Massage Goodyear, and discuss what type of activities you are into to receive the most rewarding massage.