Sports massage is typically used before, during & after athletic events. The purpose of sports massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, relieve swelling, drain away fatigue, reduce muscle tension, promote flexibility and prevent injury.
This type of massage can be useful for anyone with chronic pain, injury or range of motion issues. When you strenuously and frequently use your muscles like, if you're really into weight-lifting, they can become chronically tight or hypertonic, which can make you more susceptible to tears and pulls.
Relaxing and loosening muscles increases flexibility and range of motion in the joints, and helps to reduce swelling. To put it really simply, making your muscles less stiff is really good for moving them around.
A number of techniques can be combined including remedial massage, deep tissue massage, & myofascial trigger point release breaks down adhesions & improves muscle tone, myofascial release, also PNF stretching witch was originally developed as a form of rehabilitation, which is very effective. Stretching can assist in improving range of motion using PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) is a more advanced form of flexibility training, which involves both the stretching and contracting of the muscle group being targeted.
The Benefits of Sports Massage
Sports Massage helps increasing the flow of blood and oxygen to your tissues. This allows your body to recover faster from training and perform at its peak.
Most strokes used in sports massage are similar to those utilised in therapeutic massage. What differentiates the two is the goal. Sports massage aims to improve exercise performance and muscle function. Therapeutic massage emphasizes stress relief and well-being. During a sports massage session, the massage therapist focuses on the muscles and tissues that are overused and stressed.
Most athletes experience increased flexibility and range of motion, greater endurance, and reduced muscle pain after a massage. This therapy helps healing and prevention of injuries, leading to faster recovery. It’s an excellent choice for athletes as well as for people with limited mobility, chronic pain, or injury.
Health benefits include:
Better flexibility and movements within the joints
Reduced recovery time
Increased energy and stamina
Improved mobility and flexibility
Improved blood flow
Enhanced sports performance
Stress and anxiety relief
Stronger immune function
Lower injury risk
Scar tissue breakdown
Improved tissue elasticity
As a swimmer and a runner I have gone to Ray for many years and he has undoubtedly helped my performance with his knowledge of trigger point and stretch therapy with his massages. He is also very friendly and I highly recommend his practice. Elspeth 24/06/20
I've been going to Ray for sports massage, trigger point therapy and stretching for years! He is the only remedial massage therapist I have been to that takes the time to work on my problem areas to release the tension in my muscles which helps in my recovery from weightlifting and keeps me mobile to perform my lifts with full range of movement. Highly recommend! Nicole 31/05/20
I have just had the best sports massage in 3 years!! Highly recommended anyone needing a massage to check out Ray! I can move again lol. Shezele (PT) 22.01.19 (ACT) Before i got Google review.