What is a Sports Massage?
If you're someone that takes part in lots of physical activity or does lots of exercise then a sports massage is the one for you! It manipulates the soft tissue to help relax the muscles that may be aching from sports or repetitive strenuous activity. However, it's not solely for athletes and gym-goers! If you're someone who's got an active job and you're on your feet all day, then this would be the perfect massage for you too!
What Will Happen During a Sports Massage?
When you attend your sports massage, your masseur will first assess the areas of pain or soreness that you have. Sports massages use a range of different massage techniques. It's similar to a deep tissue massage in terms of the amount of pressure used to relieve you of your aches and pains. As the pressure pushes in quite deep, it may feel a little uncomfortable at times, but shouldn't be painful. The massage will also include stretching, which is similar to the techniques used in a lymphatic drainage massage. Unlike a deep tissue massage, the sports massage will focus on the particular areas that you're having problems with rather than targeting the whole body.
What Should You Wear To a Sports Massage?
For sports massages, generally wearing sports shorts will be easier for you and your masseur. Make sure that you are able to easily roll your shorts up, as your therapist may need to massage the tops of your legs and glutes and this will avoid having to remove them. Thin and loose clothing is generally advised for most types of massage as you will feel more comfortable and relaxed this way.
Benefits of a Sports Massage
Massages in general can help with those everyday aches and pains, posture issues and improve blood circulation. A sports massage specifically can enhance your physical performance, speed up your recovery time and help you to prevent further injuries. This will also help to reduce tension in your muscles, and motivate the removal of lactic acid that has built up during exercise. If you are an athlete, it can help you prepare for an upcoming race or competition, and will make you feel more relaxed!
How Often Should You Get a Sports Massage?
For how often you should get a sports massage, there is no exact figure for everyone. For athletes regularly training, it's recommended at least once a week, but it's down to how the individual feels and how long they feel the benefits from the last session have lasted. For people who regularly exercise then you can push it back to once a fortnight. If you do lighter exercise once or twice a week, then having a sports massage once every 3 to 4 weeks will be sufficient. The important part is to see how your body is responding to the treatment. If you feel like you need another session earlier or later, then that's absolutely fine! For people who have active jobs and are on their feet all day, may want to try having a session once every 1 to 2 weeks and see how they get on.
What Happens After a Sports Massage?
Your muscles may feel a little sore after the massage, similar to that of deep tissue massages due to the pressure used. It's also been noted after sports massages that some people experience small headaches due to a lack of hydration, so make sure you stay hydrated before and after the massage!
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