Benefits of Sports Massage for Soccer Players

Written by Julieta Hernandez , Posted in Articles, Sports Massage

Sports-Massage-UtahIt’s summertime, and with soccer season in full swing, it’s important to take care of yourself. That means staying hydrated, stretching, and getting a sports massage by Matrix Massage Spa. Whether you’re a pro athlete, a weekend warrior, or talented amateur, if you play soccer, you need to take care of yourself with regular sports massages.

What Is Sports Massage?

You may be wondering what a sports massage is, and why it’s special compared to other massage therapy. If you’re a soccer player, you know that your lower body, including hips and legs, are especially prone to soreness and injuries. You know that strains and sprains are particularly common in soccer, as are overuse injuries. Sports massage for soccer players focuses on the areas that are most prone to soreness and injury in soccer players. That means that the massage therapist will work on knees and hips, your legs and ankles, and anywhere you might have tension or injury from playing soccer.

But the massage isn’t limited just to your lower extremities. Our massage therapists are well aware that you can suffer upper body injuries as well due to the contact nature of soccer. You can easily suffer wrist strains, or even fractures, neck sprains, and shoulder dislocations. We know that you’re going to go all out to win that game, which is why you need to be in tiptop performance.

Benefits of Sports Massage for Soccer Players

You’ll receive plenty of benefits when you receive a sports massage at Matrix Massage Spa in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sports massage can actually reduce injury risk and shorten recovery time. It works by increasing your blood flow throughout your body, and especially the muscles that the massage therapist works on. A massage therapist can help you improve the range of motion in your joints. You’ll see increased flexibility, and you’ll have less soreness because massage helps remove lactic acid from your muscles. Because massage relaxes you, you’ll have less muscle tension. You’ll also be able to recover faster between games and practice. And you just might say goodbye to those annoying muscle spasms.

But don’t just take our word for it, experts agree that massage can improve your overall performance. Many pro-teams in soccer have massage therapists on the payroll to take care of their players. It’s not a luxury; it’s a necessity. If you’ve ever sprained or strained a muscle, or had a sports injury, you know how debilitating it can be. Massage can help your body break down that scar tissue from previous injuries and make your muscles and joints more flexible.

Because you become more relaxed when you have massage therapy regularly, you have less pain. This is because the massage therapist releases tension from your muscles and helps move the waste products out of your muscles and into your bloodstream where it can be taken out of your body and eliminated. The result is you have better performance in the game.

Realistically, you should have a massage once every week, or every couple weeks regularly. This helps keep your body in good condition for the next game, and the next practice. Having a massage twice a week when you are working out hard is optimal.

Contact Matrix for your Sports Massage in Utah

At Matrix Massage Spa in Salt Lake City, Utah, we offer the latest and state-of-the-art massages. We know that as a soccer player, you must be on top of your game at all times. We can help you with that. We also provide a host of other massage services including Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, Thai massage, hot stone massage, reflexology massage, pregnancy massage, salt body scrub, foot detox, and even chair massage.

Contact us here, or call 801-799-4999 to schedule your sports massage that will make you feel great, improve your performance, and get you back in the game 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.
If you’re used to Swedish massages, it’s definitely going to feel a little rougher. However, you should always communicate with your massage therapist if the pressure is too much. If you’re tensing up and muscle guarding during a deep tissue massage, the benefits of the massage may be lessened.
It’s important to be realistic about what one deep tissue massage can achieve. Many people want just one session to get rid of all the tension they’ve built up in their body over decades. They ask for more pressure, thinking that if the therapist just pushes hard enough, all their knots will go away after an hour. They won’t. It’s going to take a few sessions for the best results, based on your body and lifestyle, and increasing the pressure a masseuse uses doesn’t necessarily help. Your problems likely amassed over a lifetime of strain, stress and poor posture. If you have chronic problems, it will probably take a combination of massage, exercise and relaxation techniques to stem the problem.

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