Kyle Beckerman and Four Athletes Who Swear By Massage

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

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.

Athletes of every level who play all kinds of sports use sports massage. The sports massage techniques are tailored to the client’s particular sport, as different sports stress different areas of the body and different muscle groups from repetitive and often strenuous movements. Sports massage can be used in various ways, from preparation before playing the sport, during the event to maximize performance, or afterwards as a means of reducing recovery time and preventing injury. There are many benefits to sports massage, including but not limited to enhancing flexibility, preventing or reducing fatigue, improving endurance, and preparing the body and mind for optimal achievement. The sports massage techniques are also used to speed up healing time when an athlete has injured or strained a muscle.

4 Athletes Who Use Sports Massage


Kobe Bryant

Sports massage is used by many professional athletes, one of whom is Kobe Bryant, basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant has won five NBA championships with the Lakers, has been named to the All-Star Team fifteen times, often leads the league in scoring, and is the youngest player ever to reach 30,000 points. Much of his success can be attributed to his meticulous training regime, which includes regular massages, both during and in between games. He actually persuaded the Lakers to hire his longtime physical therapist, Judy Seto, so he could receive treatment at all hours of the day.

Michael Phelps

Many world-class athletes use sports massage to stay at the top of their game. Michael Phelps is arguably the best swimmer in the world, having won twenty- two Olympic medals in his three appearances at the Summer Olympics, making him the most decorated Olympian of all time. Perhaps his practice of getting two massages a day during the height of his training, which he reportedly did during the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, has something to do with his success as a swimmer.

Dara torres

Another Olympic swimmer, Dara Torres, had two massage therapists on standby during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, just in case her regular masseuse was somehow unavailable. It is hard to question the training practices of a woman who has won twelve Olympic medals (four gold, four silver, and four bronze), is one of three women with the most Olympic medals in swimming, and has won medals in all of the five Olympic Games in which she has competed.

Kerri Walsh-Jennings

Kerri Walsh-Jennings is yet another Olympic athlete who uses massage to her benefit. Walsh-Jennings, along with teammate Misty May-Treanor, has won gold in beach volleyball in three consecutive Summer Olympic Games, in 2004, 2008, and 2012. She once said, “I am a big believer in massage to help get circulation to injured areas.” Whatever it is she is doing, it seems to be working.

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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.
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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