Although it may not be possible to have your regular massage session with your therapist, there is no reason why you can’t still get the benefits of a massage to help you stay healthy in mind and body.
Remember a regular, simple massage routine can help you stay injury free, recover from training sessions, relieve general stress and tension within the body and help you to relax.
So, if you have a foam roller, massage stick, massage ball or other massage “toy”, you can use these to massage yourself. If you don’t have any equipment, don’t worry you can still perform a massage without tools and gain the same benefits.
There is lots of guidance, tips and sessions available on the internet for you to follow, so take a look and see how you can keep yourself relaxed and keep your body in good condition. The ideal would be to include a regular massage session within any training or weekly routine you have. Once you find or design a session that works for you, you can generally work through it whilst watching a film or tv, so it doesn’t have to intrude too much into your daily life.
Sports Massage Therapy helps maintain the body in a generally better condition, prevents injuries and loss of mobility, cures and restores injured muscle tissue and can help improve sporting performance and/or movement in normal everyday life. It also helps relieve the stresses and tensions of everyday life. Sports Massage consists of a variety of techniques that work deep into the soft tissue and may help to provide some of the benefits listed below:
Improved range of motion and flexibility
Improved functional muscle balance
Increased usage of available muscle
Reduced risk of injury
Improved recovery from training, racing and injury
As an integral part of a regular training programme, sports massage can help develop and maintain strong, flexible muscles that are in balance with each other, thus improving performance and reducing the risk of injury. Sports massage will help release muscle tension and stress and remove the general aches, pains and niggles that can build up over time. Should injury occur, massage helps to restore mobility and function and aids your return to normality with minimal interruption.
Anyone can benefit from sports massage, not just athletes; people in physically demanding jobs and those prone to postural problems can all benefit from massage. Anyone who wants to improve their general wellbeing or health or who has a soft tissue condition can benefit from a sports massage.
Below are some of the effects that sports massage can have on the body as a whole: