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What is a Sports Massage?
Many clients wonder about the difference between a sports massage and a Swedish or deep tissue massage. Sports massage is a type of Swedish massage that stimulates blood circulation and lymph fluids. Sports massage uses trigger point therapy to break down knots in the muscles and increase the range in motion. It was developed to help athletes prepare for, recover from, or function well during sports performances. Sports massage also emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons of the client’s body.
What are the Benefits of Sports Massage?
Sports massage has many benefits including the improvement of athletes’ performances, reduction of pain, prevention of injuries, encouragement of focus and shortened recovery time from injuries. Sports massage affects the cardiovascular system as it dilates blood vessels, which helps them work more efficiently to promote circulation in the body. In addition to cardiovascular benefits, sports massage helps the muscular system. The increased and enhanced blood circulation helps to relieve muscle tension, reduce soreness and make for a faster recovery. Sports massage also reduces inflammation and promotes the growth of new mitochondria, the energy-producing units in the cells. This means that sports massage can help pain relief, build muscles and encourage their recovery as well.
Sports massage therapy can help manage stress by releasing endorphins: the body’s natural pain reliever. As the endorphins are released, the body relaxes which aids in decreasing anxiety, providing pain relief, improving the client’s mood and enhancing the client’s personal state of well-being. Sports massage can help keep the body in generally better condition, cure and restore mobility to injured muscle tissue, boost performance and extend the overall life of the client’s sporting career.