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Firstly, what is a sports massage?
Designed specifically for the physically active, a sports massage incorporates techniques from other massage styles to become a therapy that works to provide a deep and rehabilitating process which manipulates the soft tissue in order to prevent injury, elevate muscle or tendon pain or rid the soft tissue of any stress they are holding on to. Extremely beneficial to athletes, gym goers or even those that are desk bound for a long period of time, a sports massage experience will vary from person to person.
This therapy includes Swedish massage, deep tissue and stretching techniques, for the purpose of assisting the client to move and perform in a way that they need.
Benefits of Sports Massage Therapy
The benefits of sports massage therapy are wide ranging and can be for anyone. From athletes and fitness fanatics to aiding in a healthy lifestyle and those who just want to take time for themselves to relax. Listed are some of the outcomes you can expect from a sports massage.
- Reduction in muscle tension and discomfort
- Increased range of motion or flexibility
- Decreased muscle stiffness and soreness with sped up recovery time after exercise or physical activity
- Reduced recovery time post injury
- Reduced stress levels
- Aids sleep quantity and quality
These benefits are the result of an increase in blood circulation which flushes out waste products within the muscle. Fresh blood flow then increases oxygen and nutrients within the muscle, which in turn helps with muscle repair and decreases muscle tension.
Irritated nerve receptors lead to a feeling of muscular pain and discomfort. Reducing muscular tension can alleviate nerve irritation, muscular pain and discomfort. As a result, massage therapy has been found to reduce daily stress and anxiety levels and increase quality and quantity of sleep which is essential for daily living.