Sports massage therapy is a more focused deep tissue massage and may focus on a certain area of the body. It uses a combination of deep and light modalities to loosen muscle knots, improve blood flow, and prevent lactic acid buildup.
What is the difference between a massage and a sports massage?
Deep tissue massage is often administered as a full body massage, rather than focusing on a specific area of the body. Sports massage, on the other hand, is a targeted massage approach that focuses on specific areas of the body that are in need of healing or relief.
What can I expect from a sports massage?
Your body will undergo trauma during a sports massage, and while it’s likely you will feel a bit sore for a few days, you may also feel cold, thirsty and a faint as your body works to metabolize the waste products removed from the soft tissue. Drinking plenty of water and taking a warm bath will aid this process.
Do sports massages do anything?
“Massage increases tissue flexibility and muscle relaxation, improves range of motion, relieves trigger points, as well as reduces adhesions. Combined, these benefits of massage help the athlete remain active, optimize his or her training, and maximize performance.”
How do you know if you need a sports massage?
Standing stiffness is common: Standing stiffness is a common problem and it’s a sign that you need a sports massage. Post-activity stiffness can be avoided: Feeling stiff after activity and recovery can be avoided if you get a professional massage.
What is the difference between remedial and sports massage?
While often remedial massage can be mostly relaxing and therapeutic, your massage therapist will sometimes hold pressure points that might cause discomfort. This is different to sports massage where sports massage can cause discomfort for much longer periods of time.
Will a sports massage get rid of knots?
It can help with pain reduction and relaxation as well as getting rid of muscle knots. It can also increase the functionality of your muscles, which can help prevent injuries.
Does a sport massage hurt?
The discomfort you feel during and after a massage is completely normal and, on the whole, it means it is working. But a sports massage should never cause you so much pain that you feel the need to tense up in order to bear it. If your muscles are tense then they won’t be getting much of a benefit from the massage.
Do you keep your clothes on for a sports massage?
If you want the massage to work to its full potential, you need to make sure that the clothes you are wearing are appropriate. This usually means allowing us to be able to see the muscles to make a judgement on the course of treatment, and being able to access the muscles so that we can massage and treat them.
How often should you get a sports massage?
Receiving sports massage once every week should produce huge benefits. This may not be realistic for some athletes, yet less regular massage (every 4 weeks) can still bring about great results.
Who can benefit from sports massage?
Sports massage addresses the muscles and soft tissue in the body, aiming to reducing aches & pain getting you to your optimal posture, avoiding future injuries. A sports massage is beneficial for everyone, from professional athletes to office workers.
Why do people have sports massage?
Sports massage is proven to release and reduce tension in muscles, improve circulation and encourage the removal of waste products such as lactic acid during high intensity activity and can help to relax the body. All of this helps promote recovery and reduces the chance of muscle injury.
Who should have a sports massage?
Amateur and professional athletes alike use sports massage to help them recover from injuries or intensive training, reduce pain and prevent further damage – as well as to warm up, cool down or relax before or after exercise. Sports massage can help even if you don’t exercise regularly.