Why a Sports Massage?
Every athlete responds to massage treatments differently. Some people find that they do well if they get their massages after a long, hard workout, while others find that getting a massage before a race or a competition session works better because they benefit from the muscle-stimulating effects of the massage.
Note that while massages can help with sports injuries, they are not a cure-all. If you have any concerns about a severe or recurring injury, seek advice from a doctor or a physiotherapist. Do not try to train or compete with an undiagnosed injury, because you could make it worse, and then you will have to have even more time away from training
What Can Sports Massage Be Used For?
Sports massage treatments can be used to prevent injuries, rehabilitate existing injuries, speed up recovery between training sessions, loosen up tight muscles and generally improve your athletic performance. Also very helpful to relieve general tightening of muscles due to long periods sat at a computer, gardening or general tight back/neck/shoulders.
Relief From Tension and Soreness
While some athletes find through foam roller treatments, sports massage treatments are able to reach areas that are harder to target, and the massage therapist will be able to identify potential problems with sports that you are not aware of.
Overtraining is a serious issue for competitive athletes, and one that causes both physical and mental fatigue. A fatigued athlete is an athlete that is highly likely to get injured Sports massages can help to reduce pain and fatigue, improve your range of motion, reduce inflammation and leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated.
How Often and Timing
How often you need a massage, and the timing of the treatment, is a personal thing. During your sport’s competition season you may need regular massages, but you can probably slow down the treatments during the off-season, while your body is under less stress.