As the name suggests, a sports massage is tailored specifically to help with sporting ailments or injuries. Unlike aromatherapy, a sports massage is not designed to be relaxing. To the contrary, it can actually be quite vigorous.
The theory behind a sports massage is that it improves performance potential and allows for the swift recovery of injuries incurred in sports. It’s designed to improve mobility through specific exercises as well as deep tissue massage.
What Happens In A Sports Massage?
During a sports massage we apply deep pressure to areas of tension and pain. This deep tissue massage involves slow movement and reaches the sub-layer of muscles, and the connective tissue surrounding your muscles.
Adhesions are bands of painful, rigid tissue that occur where there is muscle tension in your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These adhesions cause pain, inflammation and limit your mobility, and can also block circulation. The purpose of deep tissue massage is to physically break down these adhesions, which relieves pain and also assists with mobility so that you can move freely and easily.
Deep Tissue Massage Benefits
Deep tissue massage benefits are huge. Rest assured any pain you may feel during or after the process will be well worth your while! If you suffer from osteoarthritis, you may join the 34,000 people surveyed in Consumer Reports magazine, who found their deep tissue massage more effective in relieving their pain than any other treatment. That included medications (both prescription and over-the-counter), acupuncture, diet, chiropractic work, physical therapy and exercise.
Who Is A Sports Massage For?
Don’t be fooled into thinking that sports massage is only for elite athletes. The deep tissue massage benefits that come with a sports massage can help people who barely do any exercise at all, as well as professional sportspeople or those who exercise regularly and heavily.
A sports massage can help if you suffer from any of these conditions:
- Chronic muscle pain
- Lower back pain
- Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
- Tennis elbow
- Limited mobility
- Problems with poor posture
- Piriformis syndrome
- Muscle spasms or tension
…and more. Following your initial consultation at Karinya Blue we will advise whether a sports massage is appropriate for you.
Is It Painful?
If you’ve had a deep tissue massage before you may know that it can be a little bit painful at times. We work hard to prepare your body for intense sports or to heal your injuries, and you will certainly feel it working – both during and after your massage.
Communication is vital throughout a sports massage. You are encouraged to let us know throughout the massage how you are feeling, whether you’re OK or if you’d like us to ease off a little, to ensure you get the most out of the experience.
What’s The Best Time For A Sports Massage?
There are three key times when a sports massage is most appropriate:
- Before exercise – relaxing of muscles to improve performance
- After exercise – getting rid of toxins from the event, deep tissue relaxation of muscles
- After injury repair – specifically working on sports injury, personally-tailored exercise plan provided
It’s worth seriously considering having a sports massage both before and after strenuous exercise. Best case scenario is to have at least a half-body sports massage between 2 and 3 days before strenuous exercise, and then again within 24 hours of completion.
In an hour-long sports massage at Karinya Blue Natural Therapies we will focus on either your upper body or lower body, not both. A full body sports massage will take 90 minutes or 2 hours.
What Should I Expect From My Sports Massage?
You may feel some discomfort for a little while after the massage, this is normal and to be expected. You’ll soon find that the deep tissue massage benefits significantly outweigh the short-term pain or discomfort you’re likely to feel.
Both before and after your sports massage, as with other massages, you’re encouraged to drink plenty of water. This is to help flush out the toxins that have been released from your body, as well as for rehydration.