Deep tissue massage works deep in the muscles, realigning the muscle fibres and connective tissue, and flushing away the toxins. Regular sessions will increase joint mobility and flexibility, and reduce the risk of injury during exercise.
Massage therapy can benefit sportsmen and athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. Massage techniques can be specific to the athlete’s sport of choice, focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.
Aspects of sports & deep tissue massage therapy are gaining popularity as useful components in a balanced training routine. Massage therapy can be used as a means to enhance pre-event preparation and reduce recovery time for maximum performance during training or after an event. Athletes have discovered that specially designed massage promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries and prepares their body and mind for optimal performance.
One of the key benefits of sports & deep tissue massage therapy compared to other forms of therapy or massage is its ability to target muscle-tendon junctions, significantly improving flexibility and range of motion and reduced muscle soreness, particularly in the athletes who receive regular massage either before or after exercise. So, for anyone participating in regular physical activity, regular massage therapy will be a great addition to your normal exercise routine.
Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and the protective layer of tissue surrounding muscles, bones and joints. A variety of techniques can be used, ranging from deep tissue work, Trigger Point therapy, Muscle Energy Technique and mobilisation of joints, to specific stretching and strengthening.
In addition to the obvious benefits of massage for athletes, there is growing evidence that deep tissue massage can:
- reduce blood pressure
- reduce stress hormone levels
- reduce heart rate
- boost mood and relaxation
- trigger the release of oxytocin and serotonin
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