Should You Be Getting Sports Massages?
More and more, people are setting out to achieve whole body wellness. Perhaps you lift several times a week, or choose to fit your cardio in at a spin class. While it may seem that sports massage is reserved for professional athletes, olympians, or those training for marathons, sports massage beneficial for anyone who participates in regular exercise. If you’re looking to ease some of that post-exercise soreness and get back to the gym faster, studies have shown that sports massage is a great recovery tool.
Sports massage targets muscle-tendon junctions and uses stroking movements, deep kneading, stretching and trigger point therapy, all techniques designed to benefit active bodies. Each Soothe sports massage is tailored to your activity of choice and can catapult your fitness routine if enjoyed regularly.
5 Benefits of Sports Massage
- Reduce Muscle Soreness
Though you may feel invigorated and energized during a workout, many experience that achey pain, or delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), the day following vigorous exercise. A sports massage can help accelerate the body’s natural restorative process against DOMS and shorten recovery time as much as 50%. A sports massage can also lessen muscle spasms and tension.
- Optimize Performance
Regular sports massage trains muscles to respond more quickly, efficiently, and powerfully. In addition to a quicker recovery, getting a sports massage within 48 hours of your workouts can increase the effectiveness of rebuilding muscle fibers. This prepares the body for increasingly strenuous activity and peak performance.
- Increase Flexibility
Oftentimes stretching is not enough to increase flexibility. Techniques used during sports massage often stretch muscles with more care than solo stretching. The stroke techniques of a sports massage increase circulation to muscles and prepare them for a deeper stretch. Stretching during your massage can also help increase your range of motion.
- Lessen Risk of Injury
Sports massage improves the overall health of muscles and can help prevent and reduce injuries. Incorporating regular massage into an exercise routine means that each muscle group receives special attention and care. A regular massage routine is also said to improve the career lifespan of an athlete.
- Improve Overall Muscle Health
Sports massage reduces metabolic waste buildup in muscle tissues by improving the effectiveness of the circulatory system. This system delivers oxygen and nutrients like glucose and electrolytes to the muscle. The circulatory system discards metabolic by-products and waste like lactic acid, cortisol, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. These are all chemicals that your body releases in stressful situations, meaning a sports massage can have a detoxifying effect on your muscles.
Ready to book your sports massage and meet your wellness goals? Soothe therapists will come to you! Receive therapeutic, personalized massage in the comfort of your own home or hotel room in as little as an hour.