A Sports massage is intended for athletes of all kind. The techniques used in a sports massage are specific to the athlete's type of sport. This massage focuses on the ares of the body that are used and put under the most stress or strain.
Sports massages can be used as a way to enhance pre-event preparation and reduce the time in recovery to have maximum performance during training or after an event. Specially designed sports massages can increase flexibility, reduce fatigue, improve endurance, help to prevent injuries and prepare the body and mind for optimal performance. The key benefit to a sports massage is the ability to target muscle-tendon junctions.
What can I expect at my first massage?
At your first massage, you will be scheduled a consultation and the massage the same day. The massage therapist will talk with you about the issues you are looking to correct. They will go over the benefits of which massage would best suit your needs and then the massage will begin.
How often should I get a massage?
Frequency will depend on your preventative and maintenance needs although, once a month is typically recommended. If your condition requires additional time, your massage therapist will create a plan tailored to meet your needs.
Can I get a Sports massage even if I don't play sport?
A sports massage is for everyone. This massage is typically geared towards athletes because this type of massage focuses on the muscles, tendons and joints that are overworked in sports. Although you may not play sports, this massage may be a fit for you depending on the issue you wish to correct.
I have a game tomorrow should I get a massage today?
You can get a sports massage the day before or even the day of the game or event you are participating in but ti will not be as deep. The massage would be treated as part of a warm up so it will be lighter and more vigorous.
2-4 days before a game or event would be ideal if you are looking to loosen your muscles and refresh and relax your mind and body.
Should I train immediately after a sports massage?
It depends. A sports massage is intended to give your muscles a 'workout' if you train following your massage, you may add to your muscle fatigue making the training a lot less comfortable.