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6 Reasons Why ALL Athletes Should Get Massages Regularly

Dec 14, 2017

     "Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel," is a favorite quote of mine by Kevin Mark Trudeau. This is especially true for athletes who don't incorporate massage as a part of their wellness routine. Massage has many benefits to the body, especially to athletes and exercise enthusiasts. If you want to learn how great your body is designed to feel, it may be time to consider getting regular massages. 

     There are several health benefits to receiving regular massages as part as a health routine, or fitness routine. Athletes and coaches have sworn by getting sports massages have helped them significantly. Athletes have a few different options when getting massages. One option would be a deep tissue massage. This helps to work out specific areas that need work on, and release. It may not be the most relaxing massage, but for specific injuries this is the best fit for athletes. Another option would be sports massage, which is fast, short strokes, that help warm up before an event, or cool down afterwards. A third option would be a relaxation massage. This is the best for athletes who need a dose of calm in their life. Being nervous or anxious can effect performance. All of these types of massages have shown benefits for athletes. Some of these benefits include: Increasing range of motion and flexibility, reducing inflammation, reducing pain, relaxing the body, preventing injury, and enhancing performance. 

 

  1. Increases range of motion and flexibility

As an athlete, or even as a person who exercises regularly, increases range of motion and flexibility can help improve performance, prevent injury and speed up recovery time. Getting regular massages increases range and motion and flexibility by increasing blood flow to the muscle tissues, and fascia. "The increased blood circulation helps to relieve muscle tension, reduce soreness and make for a faster recovery," according to Health and Fitness Magazine.

  1. Reduces inflammation

Getting regular massages helps to keep your muscles happy and healthy by keeping the inflammation reduced. According to www.navacenter.com, "during strenuous exercise, muscles experience a level of exercise induced trauma and inflammation. In order to heal this trauma and inflammation, the muscles within the body need a lot of energy." Luckily, for athletes, massage helps to provide this energy. "Massage activates the release of that energy by creating mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell" (www.navacenter.com) Therefore, the body has enough energy to repair the trauma that is done during a strenuous work out, and thus, reduces inflammation in the body.

  1. Reduces pain

When there is inflammation in the body, there is usually also pain. Therefore, when we reduce our inflammation in the body, we are also reducing our pain. That sounds like a win/win for athletes who get massages. When we get massages our cells create more mitochondria. This supplies the body with more energy to support the healing process. Massage also "helps you reduce anxiety, stress and other negative factors, which in turn help promote the healing process." (www.navacenter.com) 

  1. Relaxes the body

Massage activates the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system is the part of the nervous system that promotes relaxation and rest. This is one of the greatest benefits of massage, athlete or not. Massage helps people relax, and let go of stress. According to Health and Fitness Magazine, "that relaxed, lowered-tension state encourages focus, a good thing to have before going into any sport, group exercise, or competition." The more relaxed you are, the better you will perform in your exercise. 

  1. Prevents Injury

Massage helps to prevent injury. Since massage helps to reduce inflammation and increase range of motion and flexibility, this reduces the risk for injury as well. Many athletes experience injuries due to tense muscles. Therefore, since massage helps to relax the muscles in the body, massage helps prevents injury. 

  1. Enhances Performance

With an increased range of motion and flexibility, a relaxed and focus mind and body, reduced pain and inflammation in the body, and low risk for injury, your athletic performance is bound to be better than before. That best part of getting massage for athletes is how great you'll feel doing whatever it is you love to do. 

    

     Massage has many amazing benefits to the body. If you are an athlete or an exercise enthusiast, getting regular massages might transform the way you participate in your activity. Massage can help you do more of what you love by helping increasing range of motion and flexibility, reducing inflammation, reducing pain, relaxing the body, and preventing injury. With all of these added benefits you can expect your performance to be enhanced as well. 

     An important thing to remember when you start incorporating massage in your fitness routine, is that the results won't happen after just one session. Just as if you were training for a marathon, you wouldn't expect to be able to run the full 26.2 miles after one day of training. I would recommend finding a therapist that you like, and finding a program that works with your finical budget. At Elements we have a wellness program that is $59 dollars a month. The $59 that is paid for on the 1st or the 15th of the month, pays for one 60 minute massage. For the second visit and on the sessions are $49 dollars. The wellness program is a great way to make a commitment to yourself, and your health. If it isn't working out, no worries, there is no long term commitment or long term contract. It's just month to month and you can cancel at anytime. If for whatever reason you can't come in one month, then your unused session rolls over into the next month, so you don't lose what you pay for. For more information and to book an appointment call (262)-236-9770.  Thank you for reading until the end. 

 

Happy Holidays!

Erin

 

P.S. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments. Thanks again!

 

References: 

http://www.healthfitnessmag.com/Health-Fitness-Magazine/February-2013/Benefits-Of-Massage-For-Athletes/

https://www.amtamassage.org/approved_position_statements/Massage-Therapy-for-Those-Who-Exercise.html

http://www.navacenter.com/community/article-library/browse/2014/12/01/the-benefits-of-massage-for-athletes

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