Sports massage is the science of applying massage and other related techniques. It was developed to maintain the health of athletes or active individuals and to enhance their performance. It is catered to individual needs and focuses on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.
Sports massage techniques range from gentle stroking, kneading to deeper manual techniques. It emphasises on promoting flexibility, reducing fatigue, improving endurance, preventing injuries and preparing the body and mind for optimal performance.
Contrary to popular belief, sports massage is not for athletes alone and may be applied to any active individual. Individuals seeking sports massage can look forward to decreased muscle stiffness, increased muscle mobility and reduced risks of sports injuries. Sports massage also helps to improve blood supply to muscle groups, promoting tissue healing in the long run.
When is sports massage performed?
When should sports massage be avoided?
Sports massage is relatively safe; however, there may be certain medical conditions where sports massage should be avoided. Examples of such medical conditions are:
When in doubt, always consult your Sports Massage Therapist or Physiotherapist before receiving sports massage.