Anyone who routinely stretches their physical limits through activites such as aerobics, running, cycling, swimming, dancing, tennis or strength training can benefit from a Sports Massage. Sports Massage has become an integral part of new training programmes, not only with professional athletes but also with the amateur trainer who is incorporating sports into their daily life. As people realise that a workout routine includes not only the exercise itself but also caring for the wear and tear that can occur with any form of exercise, from gardening at the weekend to training 5 days a week in the gym.
What Happens When You Exercise?
We all hear about the physical and psychological benefits of regular exercise; improves cardi-vascular capacity, tones and strengthens muscle, increase flexibility and the production of endorphins which promote a sense of well being, creating a ‘natural high’.
These changes occur as the body adapts to the greater demands of exercise, the body improves its functioning to meet the challenges placed on it. However to make these improvements we must push the body to greater limits which can cause their own side effects. This is where Sports Massage has been proven to be of great benefit.
Sports Massage Techniques
Every activity or sport uses muscle groups in different ways. A Sports Massage Therapist will be familiar with each muscle and group and how they may be affected by the specific movements involved with the activity.
Sports Massage Therapy utilises several different techniques in order to manipulate the muscles associated with each activity. Some of the techniques include: