Making Massage Part of the Normal Health Routine for Athletic Individuals

Written by Julieta Hernandez , Posted in Articles, Sports Massage

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.

Benefits of Massage for Non-Athletes

Massage therapy does not just benefit sportspeople, but also those individuals who engage in any athletic activity. Massage is a recommended and essential part of any sportsman’s routine and should be actively pursued no matter how busy the schedule gets. One key aspect of sports massage therapy is its ability to target muscle-tendon junctions. Athletes to receive massage before and after their routine regimen also do not experience soreness associated with their exercise. Massage therapy helps relieve the joints and muscles, which tend to get overworked during exercise sessions.

Benefits of Massage for Athletes

An individual with an athletic bent or a professional athlete at any level can benefit a lot by making massage a part of their regular routine. Massage therapy increases flexibility, which is essential for an athlete to maintain optimal performance. No matter what sport the individual engages in, he or she will definitely have an advantage over others. Muscle spasms often occur without warning, massage therapy helps ease these spasms and allow the body to regain its original healthy state without much effort.

Massage therapy also helps ease circulation, thus helping blood flow in the body, which eases nourishment. Massage also acts as a mechanical cleanser of the body and stimulates lymph circulation. This quickens waste and toxic elimination from the body, keeping it clean and ready for available nutrition and rigor. Pre-event massage enhances performance as it puts the body’s muscle in a state of increased activity with reduced stress. Along with that it increases the body’s ability to sustain injuries.

More Benefits for Athletes

The respiratory system also stands to gain from massages. It breaks up mucus and other respiratory discharge in the lungs and allows the body to absorb oxygen and nutritional materials in order to become stronger and more self-reliant.

Massage therapy helps athletes monitor their muscle tone and promotes relaxation. It reduces muscle hyper toxicity and increases range of motion. It also helps induce and improve soft tissue function. It reduces muscle stiffness and alleviates the body’s ability to sustain long periods of practice and physical activity. It improves exercise performance and enhances athletic performance.

As an athlete or physically active person, it is important to focus on two key issues – prevention and maintenance. The only routine activity that helps both these facets is massage therapy. Maintaining the body is important as the therapist helps ease blood flow and flexibility in connective tissue. In the event of an injury, rehabilitation massage is effective in reducing discomfort and speeding the healing process. It helps the body be more accepting of corrective measures. Thus massage therapy helps improve the over-all well being of the athletic individual.

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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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