Benefits of Sports Massage for Soccer Players

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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.

The Best Type of Massage for Runners

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The Best Type of Massage for Runners

Why Massage Is Good For Runners

Running is a huge sport in the US, and runners are constantly looking for ways to improve their speed, distance and recovery time. The act of running causes contractions in the leg and arm muscles and the tissue that connects them (the “fascia”). These contractions are the impetus for the running, but they also can lead to shortened, tight muscles, loss of joint range of motion and decreased circulation in the muscles and surrounding fascia and related tissues. Injuries caused by running (and other repetitive activities) are known as “Repetitive Strain Injuries”.

Runner’s Knee and Massage Therapy

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What is Runner’s Knee?

Runner’s knee, or patellofemoral pain syndrome, is the name given to a specific set of conditions that involve overuse or injury of the muscles in the kneecap and thigh. Running places immense stress on the tendons, bone, and muscle in the knees and thighs, giving rise to the condition called runner’s knee. While running, the thighs and hamstrings pull on the tendons that connect them to the kneecaps. If the muscles are too tight, this can overwork the knee. Without proper training and rest, this causes runner’s knee. This is very similar to what happens in Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome, a condition in which the IT band that extends from the hip constantly rubs against the thigh and puts stress on the knee.

Every CrossFit Training Program Needs Massage

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What the Heck is CrossFit?

CrossFit is a fitness philosophy that believes in building bodies that are prepared for anything. The program was developed by Greg Glassman after he took a broad view of health, wellness, sport and all physical tasks. It involves a constantly varied regimen of high intensity functional movements. It incorporates activities from Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, gymnastics, interval training, sports, calisthenics and other sources. CrossFit athletes are never bored and love every sweaty, gasping minute of it.

Understanding the Differences Between Sports Massages and Swedish Massages

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When it comes to getting a massage, there are a number of different options available depending upon the person’s lifestyle and preferences. Two of the more popular options are sports massages and Swedish massages. Each massage uses different techniques to help people relax and physically recover. Understanding what makes each option unique and the circumstances that might make one preferable over another can help people make the choice that is right for them.

Massage and Back Pain: How it Can Help Dad This Father’s Day

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Massage and Back Pain - How it Can Help Dad This Father's Day

There are many different kinds of back pain a man can get as he gets older. Some types of back pain come and go, while others are pretty constant. No one likes laying on heating pads all the time or taking strong pain relievers just to get through their day without back pain. Fortunately, most types of back pain can be treated with massage. If your dad is suffering from back pain, the gift of massage will do him wonders. It’s the best gift you can give him to show your love and care. Here are three types of back pain that respond wonderfully to massage.

Making Massage Part of the Normal Health Routine for Athletic Individuals

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Millions of people around the world lead a healthy lifestyle, which means they exercise and engage in some kind of regular physical activity. This means an active body that needs good nourishment, both in terms of nutrition and relieving stress. For relieving stress, it is important to make good use of massages.

Kyle Beckerman and Four Athletes Who Swear By Massage

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There are many benefits to sports massage therapy — just ask Kyle Beckerman, captain of the ReAL Salt Lake Major League Soccer team. The midfielder and regular on the U.S. National Team, who in 2009 became the youngest player in Major League Soccer history to appear in 200 games, swears by massage as part of his training regime. He also happens to be one of many satisfied Matrix Spa & Massage clients.

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.
It 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, past the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
Every insurance plan works a little differently, so your best bet is to contact your insurer directly. Some plans do cover alternative therapies including chiropractic and massage. You will likely need a doctor's prescription first. If you don't have health insurance, or if it doesn't cover massage therapy, you can find massage therapy coupons and discounts on our site.
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 to be 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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