Whether performing on a field with your teammates, rehearsing dance steps in front of a mirror or running down a country road, participating in sports can be exhilarating and rewarding. Be it for the love of health, a drive to compete, or simply to finish a distance race, anyone who is active in sports strives to care for their body. Many people seek massage therapy regularly to help them perform their best and reach their personal goals. When vigorous exercise leaves your muscles feeling fatigued, stiff and sore, massage can help. Massge stretches and lengthens shortened muscles and reduces spasm. Its gentle kneading improves circulation which speeds up the removal of waste products that can make you sore, and brings in the oxygen and nutrients your muscles need to rejuvenate. A deeply relaxing massage also promotes restful sleep, allowing your tissues time to repair naturally. Because massage helps your muscles return to normal function, it can help you resume activity sooner, enhance your performance, and help your muscles work more efficiently. Many sports and fitness enthusiasts rely on regular massage as an important part of their health maintenance routine. This is because an area of chronic tension can impair performance and even lead to injury when stressed. Assisted stretching, kneading and other massage techniques can loosen areas of chronic tension and help relieve new areas of tension before they become chronic.
Massage can help you prepare for a competitive event. A pre-event massage is brief and invigorating, usually 15 to 20 minutes long. It is given within an hour before your event, right through your clothes. Your massage therapist will rock and jostle your arms and legs, and will use compression--the palm of your therapist's hand firmly pressing into the belly of your muscles in a fast, repetitive way. These strokes are warming and energizing. Many athletes use this time to focus on their upcoming event and visualize their success.
After your event when you've cooled down, a post-event massage will be a calming and relaxing experience with the goal of easing pain and soreness and reducing inflammation. Your massage therapist will use slow compression strokes to bring blood and oxygen to tense areas and to help flush out metabolic waste products built up during heavy muscle use. They will lightly jostle and shake your arms and legs and help you stretch your muscles. A post-event massage can last from 15 to 20 minutes, and is also given through your clothes.
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