Sports massages are a must for athletes. However, many have the misconception that only athletes can benefit from a sports massage while in actuality, anyone who lives an active lifestyle can. Sports massages are great for range of motion, muscle soreness and flexibility.
Benefits of Sports Massage
INCREASED PERFORMANCE BEFORE WORKOUT
Sports Massages are designed to help athletes and active individuals perform better during increased levels of activity.
BETTER FLEXIBILITY AND PRODUCTIVITY
Sports Massages are also great for helping people achieve new levels of flexibility and effectiveness during their workouts.
LESS AFTER-WORKOUT SORENESS
Post-workout stress (muscle soreness) is also reduced as a result of a proper Sports Massage.
Techniques Used In A Sports Massage
Muscle Stripping is an important technique for performing a Sports Massage. This technique is effective for dense muscles and requires strong pressure along the grain of the muscle tissue. They will adjust their pressure depending on your preference.
Transverse friction helps to reduce and eliminate existing scar tissue and prevent it from forming during future activities. This results in a better ability to move and stretch.
Compression is generally conducted at the beginning of a Sports Massage session. This involves pressing the muscle (generally back, legs, or neck) against one hand to compress and relax muscle tissue.
PNF stands for proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation and is a form of stretching that helps the client release muscle tension through guided movements and stretches. This helps the therapist uncover movement patterns that may be unique to the client and create a better routine moving forward.