There are key words and phrases that I look for when asking a client how they are feeling after a massage treatment:
“I feel recovered.”
“I feel lighter.”
“I feel prepared.”
“I feel invigorated.”
As any sports person knows, recovery is just as vital as the training itself. A consistent training week, followed by a gruelling weekend of sport or a race that pushes you to your limits, puts the body through incredible strain. With aching muscles, the thought of starting all over again the next day may seem like the journey to Mordor! Along with ample hydration, sufficient rest and fuelling nutrition, a sports massage may be the “one-hour holiday” that your body requires, having you bouncing back for hill repeats in no time.
“Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.”
WHAT DOES A SPORTS MASSAGE ACTUALLY DO?
Apart from prolonging the longevity of your sporting career, the benefits are abundant:
- Breaks down scar tissue from micro tearing.
- “Loosens” up the muscles by stretching connective tissue, which also improves range of movement.
- Releases muscle tension from overuse or fatigue, which assists in injury prevention.
- Massage “flushes” the limbs, which improves circulation of blood and lymph drainage.
CAN I STOP GOING FOR PHYSIOTHERAPY, CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT OR BIOKINETICS?
“If you listen to your body when it whispers, you won’t have to hear it scream.”
A massage therapist should never claim to diagnose, treat or cure acute injuries. Sports massage is intended for maintenance and the practice of preventative treatment. Your massage therapist should refer you to the relevant medical professionals such as a physiotherapist, a chiropractor or a biokineticist if you are experiencing a condition out of their scope of practice. A good therapist should have connections with all health professionals to ensure that you are receiving the best holistic care.
HOW LONG IS A MASSAGE TREATMENT?
Sports massage therapy treatments are generally 60 minutes, but the duration is determined on your personal preference.
DOES IT HURT?
While the image of being given an ice cream stick to bite down on and knuckles turning white may be imprinted in your mind, this should not put you off! Sports massage and deep tissue massage are known to be painful for some people. The therapist should work within your pain threshold and explain what they are releasing or trying to achieve. It is advisable to communicate with the therapist during the session, to ensure you are receiving the pressure that you require for the outcome that you are expecting (such as recovery or preparation for an upcoming race).
Make the most of your massage treatment by ensuring ample hydration before and after your session. You may experience “detox” symptoms after your first sports massage. This is normal and perhaps an indication as to how much your body needed the release!
IS SPORTS MASSAGE ONLY FOR SPORTS PEOPLE?
“The mind and body are not separate. What affects one affects the other.”
Massage can benefit anyone, regardless of fitness level. Massage therapy:
- Improves quality of sleep and reduces heart rate while encouraging deeper breathing.
- Increases the production of the mood neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which will give you a sense of well-being.
- Improves posture and reduces overall bodily aches.
- Is known to strengthen the immune system.
Strive for accelerated recovery.
Thrive by investing in yourself.
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