Our sports massage clients have a multitude of reasons for pursuing this type of therapy: Some to help them achieve their personal best, other for the pure simple bliss, and sports massage will enhance their athletic performance dramatically for the serious athletic professional.
The therapist integrates a variety of modalities to increase Range of Motion (ROM), improve circulation, and increase flexibility. Sports Massage assists athletes of all kinds. Studies have shown that there are not only psychological benefits, but there are also physiological benefits to this type of therapy. The cardiovascular system responds especially well as the movement assists the blood flow, delivering fresh oxygen and nutrients to the rest of the body. A good workout, diet and sports massage is a balanced package to improve performance in all aspects of your life, whether it is athletically, professionally or personally.
In the article by Health and Fitness Magazine:
Professional athletes and their coaches have sworn by massage therapy for years, going so far as to keep massage therapists on the payroll indefinitely. Until recently, there hasn’t been conclusive evidence that massage really does have a positive effect on athletes. However, thanks to new studies and some backing by reputable sources, the benefits of massage are being taken seriously. And those benefits are not just for the pros. They’re extended to anyone who participates in a regular exercise program.
According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), massage acts to improve performance, reduce pain, prevent injury, encourage focus and shorten recovery time. It basically involves two types of responses: a mechanical response as a result of the pressure and movement and a reflex response where the nerves respond to the stimulation of a massage.
If performance and balance is important to you, while keeping your body balanced, this is a perfect therapy to assist you.