Sports Massage Therapy
Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. The particulars of this style of massage are specific to the athlete’s sport of choice. Focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.
Aspects of sports massage therapy are gaining popularity as useful components in a balanced training regimen. Athletes have discovered that specially designed massage promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue and improves endurance. Massage also prevents injuries while preparing their body and mind for optimal performance.
Proven benefits of Sports Massage
One of the key benefits of Sports massage therapy compared to other modalities is its ability to target muscle-tendon junctions. A 2010 study in the journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that a 30-second massage improved hip-flexor range of motion.
Another study conducted by Margaret Jones, Ph.D. of the American College of Sports Medicine, demonstrated a notable trend toward decreased muscle soreness in the athletes who received massage either before or after exercise.
Regular physical activity and massage therapy every week or two may be a great addition to your normal regimen. Talk with your professional massage therapists. Together, you will develop a plan that is best with your schedule, level of activity and budget.