Two to four days before you compete loosens your muscles and helps your mind and body feel fresher, more relaxed and ready to compete. If sports massage is performed more than four days before it can be deeper, helping you to get rid of restricted and/or tight areas of muscle.
Who is sports massage suitable for?
Who Is Sports Massage For? Sports massage is suitable for anybody, not just professional athletes. Individuals involved in any type of exercise, or those with an occupation which is either physically demanding or produces emotional or postural stress, can also benefit considerably from a sports massage.
Why would you get a sports massage?
Sports massage is proven to release and reduce tension in muscles, improve circulation and encourage the removal of waste products such as lactic acid built up during sporting activities. In addition to the physical benefits, sports massage can help an athlete to mentally prepare for their activity or competition.
How long should a sports massage last?
Runner’s World identifies the maintenance massage as a form of treatment to stave off tightness within the soft tissue during a performance. Depending on the circumstances this can last up to 30 minutes to an hour, usually during the training process for a large event, such as a marathon.
Do sports massage hurt?
The discomfort you feel during and after a massage is completely normal and, on the whole, it means it is working. But a sports massage should never cause you so much pain that you feel the need to tense up in order to bear it. If your muscles are tense then they won’t be getting much of a benefit from the massage.
What’s the difference between a sports massage and a normal massage?
Patients normally ask if there is a difference between a regular massage and a sports massage. The difference is less candles and aromatherapy, more release of muscle tension; the therapist will use a deep and intense technique, which results in the mobilisation of the tissues.
Can sports massage make you worse?
Massage is like exercise: It forces blood into your muscles, bringing nutrients and removing toxins. This process can temporarily increase inflammation (the healing response) to areas that the body feels need attention. This inflammation can bring discomfort.