Sports Massage is a key part of any training program. Recovery is a key part of helping your body (and mind) adapt to the rigors of any training program, which is why massage is something to be scheduled in rather than be an after thought.
Key Benefits of a Sports Massage
Regular massage has been shown to assist with:
- Increased flexibility & reduced tension buildup
- Decreased pain and adhesion breakdown
- Encourage recovery & fight fatigue
- Help maintain training & performance levels
- Decrease injury occurrence
SPORTS MASSAGE HELPS ALL ATHLETES
For Casual or short distance athletes, massage helps the body adjust to any new training you do and pre-empt any potential injuries that can occur as your body adapts to training and exercise.
For Endurance athletes, massage can assist you throughout your training program block and for best strategic results, utilise massage during taper periods and in between your biggest training sets.
For Body Builders or Fitness Junkies, it’s a strategic advantage to utilise massage as part of your prep for competition. This will help you release muscles and fascia to achieve a balanced package on stage & increase blood flow for a better pump. Posing will be more fluid and massage will help you with the symmetry judges are looking for.
POST EVENT MASSAGE
Post event Massage helps to move lactic acid, helps the body aid in recovery, promote health, breaks down adhesions built up during the event and in some people may assist in any delayed onset of muscle soreness
After a large endurance such as an ironman event we recommend waiting at least 3 days before getting in a full massage. If you’re competing in a marathon or a distance shorter, next day massage is fine as it is for strength athletes.