Anita Sheth Apr 1, 2014
As the sun starts to poke its weary head through the clouds, our thoughts are turning to the outdoors and all the activities it will bring! Whether spring fever fills your schedule with sport related activities or simply getting exercise through errands to run, you can better prepare yourself for this season with a sports massage!
Sports Massage has many benefits that can help keep you in whatever game you play, feeling and moving at your best. Although typically marketed to athletes, sports massage can be a great way to treat any aches or pains that arise from regular weekly activities. Specific to this type of massage is the focus that is given more to areas of your body that are taxed, stressed, injured, or overused the most. Whether training for a 5K, attending weekly classes at the gym, or participating in your company's after-work social team, sports massage gives attention to the muscle groups that need it most.
After working out, your muscles constrict and shorten in response to hard training and activity. This means that your muscle fibers suffer very small tears, making you feel stiff or sore. Without proper recovery, including stretching and massage therapy, your muscles can increasingly become contracted and inflexible, contributing to a series of lifelong aches and pains. Not to mention, you can put yourself at risk for creating new injuries if your body is trying to overcompensate for muscles that need a rest.
During a sports massage, your muscle tissues will be stretched to improve overall flexibility. Blood circulation is also stimulated to aid muscle tissue in quicker recovery times. And with your muscles recovering faster, your body heals and is able to achieve relief from tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, strains, and more. Sports massage is gaining popularity as more people realize the benefits of including massage into their training regimens. Many people are beginning to recognize the value that massage brings in improving performance by strengthening mind and body connection.