Sports Massage

Sports massage utilizes specific techniques to help you prepare for your event or to enhance your training regimen, from pre- to post-event. Your therapist will focus on muscles that are utilized most heavily in your particular activity or sport. Regular pre- and post-event sports massage can significantly improve athletic performance as well as help to prevent injury.

The main purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension, which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. This massage will help 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 help prevent those injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an athlete or a weekend warrior.
Depending on the needs of the athlete, a variety of techniques are used. The techniques often involve a blend of traditional Swedish massage and Shiatsu, specifically designed to treat professional athletes. Each type of sport has different demands on the players. Each sport uses muscle groups in a different way. Sports massage is designed to address those specific concerns and may differ according to the sport the athlete plays. Sports massage can be aimed to help heal strained muscles and allow healthy ones to reach peak performance and maintain it while minimizing the risk of injury.

Sports massage has many benefits. In addition to feeling good it:

  • reduces the heart rate blood pressure
  • increases blood circulation and lymph flow
  • reduces muscle tension
  • improves flexibility
  • relieves pain