Primarily given to athletes to help their bodies achieve optimal performance, function better during training, and recover after injuries or after strenuous fights and events, sports massage emphasises muscle strengthening as well as the prevention and healing of muscle and tendon injuries. However, you don’t have to be a champion boxer or a star athlete to enjoy the benefits of this massage therapy.
Here at The Massage Moghuls, we recommend sports massage to clients with or are recovering from injuries, as well as those suffering from chronic pains and aches, and those with a restricted range of motion. We offer mobile massage services, bringing you high-quality massages in the comfort of your own home. We have the most experienced and skilled physiotherapists in London, on-call whenever and wherever you need a soothing deep tissue, manual massage to stimulate your blood circulation, reduce stiffness, and improve your body’s flexibility.
What to Expect:
Sports massage is a derivative of Swedish massage, offering great benefits such as improved circulation of the blood and your lymph fluids. Movements and techniques used in this type of therapy use trigger points, which help break down adhesions or knots in the muscles to increase your range of motion. In general, there are four types of sports massages, including pre-event, post-event, restorative, and rehabilitative massage. Pre-event massages typically last for 15 to 45 minutes, and are used to stimulate the muscles and improve blood circulation for optimum body performance during exertion. Post-event massages are given one or two hours after the event, thus normalizing body tissues. Restorative massages on the other hand, are given alongside training to avoid injury during rough training. Rehabilitative massages are aimed at reducing pain due to injuries and returning the body to health.
Sports massage has great physiological and psychological benefits including:
- Increased blood flow
- Increased flexibility
- Increased range of motion
- Increased elimination of lactic acid and exercise waste products
- Improved sense of well-being
- Reduced muscle tension
- Reduced risk of injuries
- Reduced neurological excitability
- Reduced muscle spasms
- Less recovery time in-between workouts
When to get Sports Massage:
Sports therapy offers the best benefits for clients with specific problems, like tender muscles and joints from extreme exertion during training and sports events. Seeing a movement therapist that can help you identify the exact causes of pains and aches such as movement patterns is also a good idea to help you determine the right type of massage therapy to use and apply. Therapists often focus on specific problem areas like pulled hamstrings and stiff/frozen shoulders, but may also give a full body massage as needed. Whatever type of massage therapy you choose, make sure to check in with your therapist about your specific needs as well as your expectations from the therapy.