7 things you would only know if you had a sports massage
A sports massage is not a “Cosmetic” or “chill out” treatment and many are put off as they think it’s going to be painful and uncomfortable. However the focused massage of soft tissue, both longitudinally and laterally, will improve muscular mobility and can correct imbalances, as well as releasing accumulated tensions from the muscles.
Help ease onset muscle soreness
Muscle soreness and discomfort is common in many people after exercise or training. However the pumping and squeezing techniques used during a sports massage will encourage blood and lymph to flow through the body and help prevent muscle fatigue.
It can be relaxing
It’s true. Muscles relax through heat generated, circulation and stretching. Sports massage stimulates the Mechanoreceptors, which sense touch, pressure, tissue length and warmth, to lift the mood and de-stress the body.
You wish you had a sports massage more regularly
A sports massage is normally something most of us only have when needed. However regular massage around your training or exercise program can help reduce the chance of injury or discomfort. A sports massage should be part of your long term wellbeing plan.
Sports massage therapists will apply the pressure suitable for you and your requirements. If the pressure is too much for you, speak up and tell your therapist so that they can adapt the treatment to suit.
It’s fine to be naked
Massage therapists are trained professionals and will tell patients to “undress to the point of where you feel comfortable,". Therapists will keep you covered with towels or sheets. Some may feel more comfortable clothed, however remember that being undressed can actually lead to a more beneficial appointment.
Think about time of day
If massages make you feel sleepy afterwards then ensure you book you appointment for later in the day. However for those who feel invigorated afterwards, book for early in the morning to help kick start your day.