by Shalene Zarate and Natalie Vimont Sports Massage is a remarkably effective therapy for enhancing peak athletic performance. Implementing massage into your regimen is beneficial because it facilitates bodily awareness, helps you develop precision in movement, increases your energy reserve, and provides you greater endurance. Not only does it improve your game, but it helps re-fuel your cells so they can function and repair more readily.
If you are one of those warriors who place heavy demands on your body, such as with outdoor summer sports, I hope you’ve considered how you will offset the wear and tear created by taking your body to its limits, day after day.
Sports Massage helps to:
· increase range of motion and flexibility
· release tension and balance muscle tone
· alleviate discomfort in muscles and joints
· improve posture & body mechanics
· increase circulation
· reduce stiffness, swelling, inflammation, soreness, spasms and cramps
· flush out metabolic waste meanwhile helping deliver oxygen and nutrients back into overtaxed tissues
· accelerate recovery and more enable efficient healing from all types of injuries (including surgery)
· reduce restrictions imposed by scar tissue
· boost strength, stamina, and endurance
· support immune function
· stimulate digestion and encourages detoxification
· allow for deeper breathing
· enhance mental clarity, alertness and productivity
· facilitate body awareness and establish mind-body connection
· reduce stress and create calm
· counter-balance the body’s flight-or-fight response brought on by stressful stimuli
· elevate your mood (natural “feel-good” neurotransmitters & hormones, such as serotonin and dopamine, are produced and released).
When combined with hydration, adequate sport’s nutrition, stretching, and ample amounts of rest; bodywork can help prevent injuries. At minimum, it lessens the impact when physical trauma does occur during extreme activity. Effective sports massage dependably maximizes your body’s ability to perform and recover from its physical feats.
Implementing a massage treatment plan around your training schedule
In addition to your massage maintenance routine, during heavier training periods, you may want to receive more consistent bodywork. For example:
- 3-4 days before your event to iron you out and support peak performance
- During your event (during half time or at the end of a day) to flush out waste and relax tension
- 2-4 days after an event to help speed up overall recovery
Some of the techniques used in sport massage...
Petrissage to warm up the tissues, assess the the area being worked, and increase circulation
Myo-Fascial Release and Myofascial Sculpting to create more slack in the connective tissues, restore fluidity, and improved function in all the inter-related systems (such as the nervous, circulatory, lymphatic)
Cross-Fiber Friction for breaking up hardened or adhered muscles fibers/tendons and scar tissue
Static Pressure, Deep Circular Compression, and Manual Trigger Point Therapy to melt away grumpy knots, restricted soft tissues, and alleviate referral pains
Pin and Stretch (Acupressure) and other bodywork exercises that increase range of motion
Muscle Energy Techniques and Kinesiology to increase range of motion, help strengthen weak muscles, and re-set the muscles that aren’t firing properly, or won’t turn off
Ice Therapy to reduce inflammation, swelling, and slow down the extent of cellular damage caused by trauma
Heat Therapy to reduce pain and soften tense muscles
Therapeutic touch shines a light on areas where you have restrictions, directing your attention to muscles that are hard, lack suppleness, and strength.
In its simplest form, it is a great way to thank your loyal companion for carrying you this far and for all that it does for you.
At Embodiwork Studio, we are honored to help you enliven the connection you have with your body, and to be a beneficial influence on your health.
May you have your health to back you and take you far. Cheers to living an embodied life!
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