Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every level, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. This type of massage was originally developed to serve athletes as a way to prevent and relieve injuries. Nowadays, both athletes and non-athletes can benefit from sports massage therapy.
The massage session differs depending on the athlete’s sport, focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive movements, but even if you don’t play a sport, you can still benefit from a sports massage.
No matter what sport or activity you do, I’ll work with you through your sports massage to alleviate pain from your injuries and prevent new ones from occurring.
Benefits of Sports Massage
Sports massages provide a number of benefits, even if you’re not an athlete.
By focusing on these specific areas, sports massage therapy can prevent or relieve delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). According to the American College of Sports Medicine, DOMS typically begins to develop 12 to 24 hours after the exercise has been performed. DOMS may produce the greatest pain between 24 and 72 hours after the exercise has been performed. You can help prevent DOMS by encouraging blood and lymph flow throughout the body, halting muscle fatigue and removing unwanted byproducts (lactic acid) faster from the body.
Sports massage therapy should be applied before, in between and after major events. Some of the immediate benefits include:
- Enhance pre-event preparation
- Reduce recovery time and fatigue
- Promote flexibility and endurance
- Prevent injuries
- Prepare the body and mind for optimal performance
Preparing for a Sports Massage
If you have a sporting event coming up, such as a big game or a half marathon, then you should schedule an hour-long massage two to three days before the event. This will help you warm up your major muscles and improve tissue pliability. It’ll also help get you in a good state of mind for your event.
Post-event sessions should last for 90 to 120 minutes. These longer sessions will help your body recover faster, replenish nutrients and ease muscle spasms.
I always recommend coming to a massage hydrated and ready to talk about your body. The more I know what you need, the better I will be able to help you with your massage. Schedule a sports massage in Ashburn, and let’s keep you in the game together. Contact me at 703-249-4829 and schedule an appointment.