Every CrossFit Training Program Needs Massage

Written by Julieta Hernandez , Posted in Articles, Massage Therapy, Sports 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.

Why Sports Massage is Good for CrossFit Athletes

When you exercise tough, lactic acid and other toxins build up inside your muscles. Time and rest will help your body clear itself of the acid and toxins, but massage will speed that process. Proper manipulation of your muscles will increase flexibility, accelerate recovery and move you toward your fitness goals more swiftly. Massage can be performed alone with a foam roller or a ball. It can also be done by a licensed professional. Many massage therapists specialize in CrossFit athletes and are connected to CrossFit gyms. They are easy to find and know what you’re going through.

Not only will a massage feel good, but it will also prevent injury. When your muscles are excessively tight from your last workout, you lack your full range of motion. Your muscles aren’t firing right. You’ll be unable to perform properly. CrossFit requires correct form. Bad form leads to muscle strains, pulls and unbalanced physiques. When one part of your body is not working right, other parts work harder to assist, leading to additional injury.

Do the right thing. Help your body recover and enter your next Workout of the Day prepared to hit it hard.

Best Times for a Massage

When will a massage best benefit your body?

  • At least 45 minutes after completing a workout
  • On your rest day or during a de-load week
  • About three days before a competition or a race
  • Today, because you deserve it

Do It Yourself CrossFit Massage

Foam rollers, tennis balls and more expensive items are popular tools, but lacrosse balls are one of the cheapest and most effective pieces for targeting muscle tension. A set costs about ten bucks. You may have to hunt around online for them. One will easily fit in your gym bag. You can keep one in the office and another by your couch. They are a bit more firm than a tennis ball but about the same size. Foam rollers are good for broad areas like your back and hamstrings, but lacrosse balls target muscles more precisely.

Experiment with the lacrosse ball. Roll it around until you find the center of your pain, then relax. Let your body weight sink into the ball. Hit your legs, shoulders, back, neck, feet and any other part that is bothering you.

Spend some time on this. Next time you head to the gym, you’ll be happy you did.

CrossFit Massage Therapist Salt Lake City, Utah

Talking to a trained massage therapist is as important as listening to a certified CrossFit trainer. You’re your Utah crossfit massage therapist how you feel in the morning, after a workout and when you move around all day. They can diagnose emerging problems, prevent injury and improve your athletic performance. Nothing gets into the tissue like the fingers of a knowledgeable professional. Crossfit massage therapist understand how the parts of the body link together and how to restore their natural balance.

Matrix Spa and Massage can provide a sports massage therapists who specializes in helping CrossFit athletes. Our Utah therapists know what you’re going through and many are doing it, too. Set aside part of your fitness budget for massage. You spend money on a gym membership, exercise equipment and competitions. Don’t neglect the importance of recovery. Reserve time to knead your muscles. Make massage therapy part of your fitness schedule.

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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