What is Sports Massage?
Sports massage addresses the particular needs of athletes and is typically used before, during, and after athletic events, as well as for off-season, pre-season and post-season training. The purpose of sports massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.
Sports massage can combine a range of massage techniques ranging from Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, and Facilitated Stretching. Although designed for athletes, sports massage is useful for anyone with chronic pain, injury or range-of-motion issues, whether you are a recreational golfer or tennis player or weekend gardener or jogger.
You don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from Sports Massage
You don’t have to be an olympic athlete to benefit from sports massage. We use sports massage to treat a wide range of customers including tradespeople, office professionals and retirees.
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For athletes some of the most exciting benefits of sports massage are: enhanced athletic performance, faster workout recovery, fewer injuries and faster recovery from injury, restored flexibility and range of motion, removal of lactic acid buildup, extending the overall life of your athletic career, reducing feelings of stress, and maintaining the body in better condition. Whatever your sport and whatever your level of participation, at Active Body Therapies we can tailor our massage treatments to suit your needs at all stages of your training.
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What Happens During a Sports Massage?
Sports massage is a type of Swedish massage that stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. Some sports massage movements use trigger point therapy to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion.
Four Types of Sports Massage
- Pre-event sports massage: A short, stimulating massage 15 – 45 minutes before the event. It is directed toward the parts of the body that will be involved in the exertion.
- Post-event sports massage: Given within an hour or two of the event, to normalize the body’s tissues.
- Restorative sports massage: Given during training to allow the athlete to train harder and with less injury.
- Rehabilitative sports massage: Aimed at alleviating pain due to injury and returning the body to optimal health.
When Should I Get a Sports Massage?
A sports massage is a good choice if you have a specific problem ie. a sore knee from running, frozen shoulder or pulled hamstring. The massage therapist will generally focus in on the problem area rather than give you a thorough full-body massage.