What is a Sports Massage?
The aim of our Sports Massage Therapist is to prepare the athlete for their best performance, reduce fatigue, and relieve muscle swelling. These massages are aimed to benefit all different types of athletes, from professionals to weekend joggers. Our Sports Massage Therapist will work with each individual to focus on the areas of their body that are overworked and stressed from repetitive activities.
Sports Massages are usually fast-paced and involve a lot of stretching, depending on the sport you are in. A great thing about a sports massage is that it can be used to warm up muscles before a work-out, or afterwards to reduce soreness and increase flexibility.
What Are the Benefits of a Sports Massage?
- Many studies have been done on the benefits of sports massages, and the findings demonstrated a notable trend toward decreased muscle soreness in athletes that got a massage before or after exercise. One study in the journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that even a 30-second massage improved hip-flexor range of motion.
- A benefit that many people don’t think of is the psychological benefit. Athleticism doesn’t rely solely on physical strength and ability, the ability to focus can also affect performance. The relaxed, lowered-tension state you get in during a massage encourages focus, and will thus benefit any athlete going into a game or competition.
- Sports massages also benefits the cardiovascular system. It dilates the blood vessels, which in return helps to promote better circulation.
How Often Should I Get a Sports Massage?
Like exercise itself, doing it sporadically won’t give you as many benefits as if you did it regularly. The more regular you make your massages; the more benefits you will receive. Benefits of a massage are short-lived, so getting a regular massage is just like preventative maintenance for your muscles and body. Getting a Sports Massage weekly is the best scenario, but if that isn’t in the budget, twice a month is a good option as well.
For any person that participates in regular physical activity, a sports massage would be a great addition to your normal regimen. Talk with one of our Sports Massage Therapists in Orem to find a plan that will work best for you!