Sports massage is the specific application of massage techniques, range of motion/flexibility protocol and strength-training principles utilized to achieve a specific goal when treating an individual
Three specific principles are vital to understanding what type of sports massage to apply to an individual at any given time, the "when, what and why" of sports massage: Timing, Technique and Intent.
Timing refers to when the massage is given: pre-event or post-event; during recovery; during a maintenance period; or when an athlete suffers an injury that requires rehabilitation. Technique refers to what application you utilize, and can include a number of different techniques, range of motion; and stretching. Intent refers to your reason(s) for treatment: as warm-up; to increase blood flow; stimulate neurological pathways; aid recovery from exertion; increase flexibility; improve strength; improve posture and aid recovery from injury.
However varied or active your lifestyle, a sports massage can help relieve soft tissue tension and dysfunction, enhance flexibility, stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage, break down scar tissue, eliminate toxins, help prevent injury and speed up recovery. Your treatment will be tailored to your individual requirements and current stage of training or competing. Whatever your sport, this treatment is sure to help you get the most from your active lifestyle and perform at your best!
A Sports massage may include a combination of techniques:
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