- Increased blood flow
- Increased joint range of motion (ROM)
- Increased flexibility
- Increased elimination of exercise waste products (lactic acid)
- Increased sense of well-being
- Decreased muscle tension
- Decreased neurological excitability (nerves more relaxed)
- Decreased chance of injury
- Decreased recovery time between workouts
- Decreased muscle spasms
Athletes want to lead the field and outperform their competitors or their own times. Very few professional athletes or sports teams are without their own professional massage therapist now. A sports therapist is regarded as an important member of the team. You can’t motivate somebody who is tired, has inflexible joints, has injuries both old and new, has tension and muscle cramp. Athletes benefit from sports massage because it addresses all these issues and allows training to be both effective and positive.
Massage allows the body to heal faster, so, whether you just want to get back into training quicker, you have a new event to prepare for, or are undergoing a sports injury rehab, your massage therapist will make that happen in the fastest time.
A lot of people associate massage with relaxation and falling asleep. And, sometimes, when it’s appropriate, that’s what you do. But sports massage is different. Pre-event massage is stimulating and gets the muscles warm, the body ready, the blood pumping and the brain cool. The athlete is FULL of energy at this point and ready for action. Post-event massage is more about slowing down again, relaxing and allowing the body to heal ready for the next event.