Sports massage: What is it?
Sports massages usually incorporate several massage techniques tailored to your affected muscle groups based on your activities. When properly administered, sports massages can assist in flushing lactic acid from the body. Triathletes can benefit from two types of sports massages, depending on when they schedule their appointments and when they race.
If you have a race coming up, you will want a lighter massage. If you are in between events and have specific issues, you can focus on deep-tissue massages in those areas.
What exactly is a sports massage and what will it do for a triathlete?
Continuous improvement is the reason you train in the dead of winter, hammer up hills on the bike, do track work, and train in the pouring rain. You should get a good sports massage for the same reason. In addition to feeling lighter, more powerful, and more flexible after a massage, all those nagging aches and pains can be addressed, helping you to avoid injury.
Stay Injury Free
The best reason to get a sports massage is to keep your muscles, tendons, and joints in good shape. It's like that pre-workout warm-up you do. Your muscles should be pliable and your joints should be warmed up before exercising.
Overuse of certain muscles causes many injuries. The result can be soreness, pain, and inflammation. Getting regular sports massages can help reduce the likelihood of the muscles becoming overused in the first place, as well as reduce inflammation that results in injury.
Moreover, it can reduce the risk of injury recurrence. Soft-tissue injuries, such as strains, sprains, and stress injuries, are best treated by massage and correctional exercise.
Massage is known to reduce pain associated with recovering injuries or tight muscles. Injuries can be soothed with massage, which promotes proper healing of scar tissue.
Relaxation and Focus
The benefits of sports massage include reducing stress and improving focus, putting you in a good psychological state before your next race. A brisk massage can also leave you feeling energized.
Better Post Race Recovery
By dissolving waste fluids such as lactic acid, massage can speed up the healing process after a race.
How often should you get a sports massage?
A triathlete should get one at least once a month. This may seem extreme, especially if a massage is viewed as more of an indulgence for you. But, massages go a long way to help prevent injury and keep the body in check.
Can I see you?
If you would like to see myself for a massage please see the sports massage page of my website in which there is a tab to book in with myself! I would be happy to assist with any questions you may have prior to massage so please also feel free to contact me at the bottom of my homepage!
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