Sports massage is an invigorating massage that is ideal for athletes who are looking to achieve maximum performance and physical conditioning while decreasing the chance of future injury. A sports massage usually focuses on specific areas in the body relevant to the sport, such as shoulders, knees, neck, back, hips, feet, or arms. These may be any areas the athlete has been experiencing pain, limited range of motion, tightness, or decreased function.
Depending on whether the massage session is pre event, post event, or during training, sports massage techniques may include therapeutic stretching, trigger point massage, and percussive techniques in order to improve blood flow and reduce muscle stiffness. Sports Massage is a great addition to training or any level of recreation to help with muscle recovery. As always, you may choose either a full body or a more focused session.
With regular sports massage, many clients of Holistic Massage of Hood River report less soreness, improved range of motion and flexibility, as well as faster injury rehabilitation and fewer injuries to begin with!
Benefits of a Sports Massage
• Increase joint range of motion
• Increase flexibility
• Increase blood flow
• Increase elimination of exercise waste products (lactic acid)
• Decrease chance of injury
• Decrease muscle spasm
• Decrease muscle tension
• Decrease recovery time between workouts