How Athletes Can Benefit From Massage

Written by Julieta Hernandez , Posted in Articles

Many people believe that massage is only beneficial for people looking to relieve their stress as they spend an hour or more getting pampered by caring hands. While massage can certainly feel great, it can also be extremely beneficial for athletes that spend hours each day conditioning their bodies. From injury prevention to increased flexibility, here are some ways that massage can help athletes feel better as they dominate their competition.

How Massage Can Help Athletes

Build Muscle and Stretch Out

Many athletes spend time on and off the field doing conditioning exercises to build muscle. While this is extremely beneficial, the muscles often repair themselves in crooked patterns, leaving the athlete with reduced mobility.

Massage for athletes can easily remedy this, though. A skilled massage therapist will find the location of the reduced mobility, and slowly correct these improper striations in the muscles in order to increase flexibility in the area.

Prevent an Injury

Most athletes try to avoid injury as much as possible. From icing tender joints, to playing less aggressively, there are plenty of ways an athlete can modify their game in order to prevent an injury that may end a season, or even a career.

But did you know that massage can often be the best prevention of all?

Many sports-related injuries occur in areas of the body that have withstood too much abuse, or that haven’t been properly cared for. An adept massage therapist can spend time on these areas, helping the muscles of an athlete stay more limber and supple. As this happens, the target areas become more resistant to injury, a benefit to any athlete.

Reduce Soreness

Have you ever finished a long run feeling great, only to wake up the next morning to legs so stiff that you couldn’t walk? Or have you dominated the competition on the field, and then collapsed on the sidelines as cramps take over your muscles? This is often the result of lactic acid buildup in muscles, a substance that is secreted as a waste fluid by your body.

Wouldn’t it be great to find a cure for this, though? Massage is the key. A post-event massage can help manipulate the muscles into dissolving this waste fluid, leaving you feeling better and ready for more.

Breathe Better and Play Longer

Massage can also help regulate the flow of your circulatory system. A poorly functioning circulatory prevents your body from adequately utilizing the oxygen it receives. This can leave you feeling more winded after a shorter period of time, and can keep oxygenated blood from reaching your muscles, a problem that results in the onset of fatigue.

Getting a massage, before or after any sporting event, can help regulate this process, and can help your body use the oxygen that it needs in order to stay in top shape.

Get a Massage to Play Better

If you are an athlete, consider getting a massage before or after your next event. Receiving treatment from a skilled massage therapist can leave you feeling stronger, moving quicker, and playing better than ever. Contact Matrix Spa & Massage in Salt Lake City Utah, today.

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Julieta Hernandez

Julieta is the owner of Matrix Spa & Massage in Salt Lake City, UT. She and her staff pride themselves on providing the best massages in a truly comfortable and relaxed environment.

Massage Therapy FAQ’s

The law always requires that you be appropriately covered with sheets or towels to keep you comfortable and warm. If you start feeling uncomfortable or exposed, speak up. Your therapist will respect your wishes and work with you to make the massage session a comfortable one.
No, only undress as much as you are comfortable with. Some people prefer undressing completely, while others prefer to keep undergarments on. You'll have privacy in your massage room to undress before the session and redress afterwards.
How often you should get a massage depends on your massage therapy goals. Some people get a monthly massage to manage stress or to prevent health problems. Others opt for weekly sessions if they need relief from injuries and chronic tension.
Licensing and certification mean that the massage therapist can legally practice massage in your city or state. To get this license, they must have performed several hours of training at an accredited school, passed the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
How much depends on how pleased you are with the service and how much the massage costs (the full price, not any discounted fees). One easy trick is to think about how you would tip a waiter after a similarly priced restaurant meal. This is often 15-20% or more if you received exceptional service.
Let your massage therapist know before the session if there are areas on your body that you don't want touched. They will have the training and experience to give you a therapeutic massage while working around ticklish or sensitive places like your feet or abdomen.
Yes, absolutely. You should always speak up if something is uncomfortable. Secondly, keep the lines of communication open during deep tissue massage or sports injury massages. Your therapist needs the feedback to work on you properly and without aggravating an injury.
 
On the other hand, if you are looking for relaxation, it's often best not to talk unless necessary. This lets your mind as well as your body release tension. With the right mindful breathing technique, you may even achieve a stress relieving meditative state during the massage.
Most likely, unless your doctor says otherwise. Prenatal massage can reduce and relieve common pregnancy issues like lower and upper back pain, sciatic nerve irritation, swelling, tension headaches, heartburn and constipation, and more. Let your massage therapist know that you're pregnant so they can use the right techniques during the session.

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