MASSAGE FOR ATHLETES – BENEFITS, TYPES AND REASONS

Massage therapy has been used for a long period of time as a form of alternative medicine and a way to promote one’s health and well being. Athletes receive enormous benefit from massage therapy and use the benefits to make them better and more versatile. Many therapists in London offer deep tissue massage and I often have my sports massage in Stockwell

BENEFITS OF MASSAGE TO ATHLETES

MASSAGE THERAPY INCREASES FLEXIBILITY OF ATHLETES TO BOOST PERFORMANCE

Most Athletes usually overtrain and this causes muscle rigidity. Massage therefore helps relax tensed muscles and gives additional flexibility to improve performance. If an athlete gains more flexibility due to massage therapy, then he will have an edge over his competitors. The reason is massage therapy stretches the fibers of the muscle to maintain and promote flexibility.

MASSAGE THERAPY INCREASES BLOOD CIRCULATION AND REMOVAL OF WASTE PRODUCTS

Flow of blood into muscles is necessary to increase stamina, strength and creating new tissue. Massage increases the transportation of blood for the muscles to receive additional oxygen and nutrients. Massage dilates the muscles of athletes which is vital for flushing out toxins such as lactic acid and uric acid that can lead to swelling and muscle soreness.

MASSAGE THERAPY REDUCES PAIN AND SHORTENS RECOVERY TIME OF ATHLETES

When a muscle of an athlete is pushed too hard, muscle spasms can occur. Massage helps to relax muscle spasms and alleviate tension, while also provides natural recovery to the body of the athletes. When the muscles of athletes are overworked, they feel pain which is not healthy. Massage increases the flow of blood and lymph, thereby speeding the injury recovery process.

MASSAGE THERAPY BENEFITS THE ATHLETE PSYCHOLOGICALLY

Psychology and sports has many relations. The body is only as strong when the mind is strong, so an athlete who has a strong mind that is focused and relaxed has an advantage in highly competitive sports activities. An athlete who is stressed is not nearly as capable as one with a very clear mind.

THE BEST MASSAGE THERAPIES FOR ATHLETES

ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUE

Active Release Technique, popularly referred to as A.R.T., is a massage method that puts together movement with particular, deep pressure to reduce scar tissue buildup and alleviate muscle adhesions. Active release is best for treating a particular injury, especially where the formation of scar tissue has an effect on the body’s ability to heal itself.

SWEDISH MASSAGE

The Swedish massage uses long strokes of different pressure, which is light to increase blood transportation and alleviate muscle tension. This type of massage is good for days prior to very big sports activities.

DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE

Deep tissue massage focus on both the deep and superficial muscles layers. This type of massage is usually intense because it is more of a focused, deliberate work. Deep tissue massage is often used during training sessions which are hard and difficult.

HOW OFTEN AN ATHLETE SHOULD GET A MASSAGE AND REASONS

An athlete will prevent frequent injuries by receiving a massage weekly or monthly by catching tight muscle. An athlete can decide to get either one or two massage sessions during his hardest training block.

It is always recommended that athletes receive massage therapy the evening after a difficult workout or the next morning following the work out. If the massage therapist is using methods like Active Release Therapy, the muscles usually get sore. Giving the massage very close to the last hard work allows the body a enough time to recover.

How young parents can deal with stress

Stress is the feeling of uncertainty, not having control over your environment and feeling that you have too much to do in a short span. Newborn babies born to young parents bring about all these feelings since the couple had no prior experience and babies require extra attention. In most instances, the couple is forced to deal with their young careers as well as their newborn babies, which is plenty much to handle.

Stress is not necessarily bad, especially in instances where it motivates and focuses us to face challenges and getting things done. However, too much stress can be overwhelming, impeding us from handling everyday tasks. This might result in drinking too much alcohol or even getting sick. The following include a few pointers to help young parents manage stress.

Massage Therapy

Research has shown that massage lowers our heart rate and blood pressure, increase production of endorphins – our bodies’ natural feel-good chemical, and relaxes our muscle. Dopamine and serotonin are released through massage resulting in a calm relaxation feeling that makes chronic or acute stress much easier to overcome.

Studies have shown that even a single 1 ?-hour session can significantly lower our stress levels. 

Relaxation activities

These include practice activities the likes of meditation, deep breathing on a regular basis, guided imagery, yoga, and exercises. Progressive relaxation, which involves tightening your feet and lower leg, hands, and lower arms, stomach and chest muscle then gradually releasing the tension, is highly recommended. Each set should be done for 10 to 15 sessions on a daily basis.

Staying connected with others

As a young parent, you will encounter new responsibilities that will be challenging and can easily lead to stress. It is important to talk things over with your partner. A friend can also help you keep things in perspective.Young parents with limited time can connect with other parents through online parent forums.

Get enough sleep

Rest is essential when dealing with stress. Young parents facing difficulties with nighttime sleep should solve the situation with their doctors while those forced to wake up frequently to feed or comfort the baby should try to catch up on the lost sleep. 

 

About

My name is Ben Chase and I run a health and beauty spa offering a range of different massage and therapy treatments. I offer massage for athletes or just for people that are dealing with stress. It really does not matter what age you are or if you play a lot of sport or are busy with work. Massage is beneficial to everyone.

If you want some more information then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. It’s time that we all began to destress!