Hands On Healing offers Sports Massage services for professional or wannabe athletes in Montgomery, Alabama.
Why Sports Massage?
Athletes are exposed to a variety of physical ailments and injuries due to the consistent and often extreme conditions through which they put their physical bodies.
Regardless of whether athletes are weekend warriors of world class superstars, the human body can encounter strains, pulls, spasms, rips, tears and more during training or the actual sport in which each athlete participates.
This constant need for physical maintenance and repair led to the development of this massage therapy.
Maintenance & Recovery
Sports Massage consists of two stages:
The maintenance stage is similar to Deep Tissue Massage with more stretching and range of motion testing particular to the activity you would be participating in.
The recovery stage is done after the race and is usually similar to a lymphatic type massage to move fluids and promote healing.
There are also race day sports therapies that are done on site.
These sessions are performed pre and post-race.
Pre-race Sports Massage will wake up tissues and create blood flow, while post-race therapy will move fluids and remove inflammation.
Staying in Tip-Top Shape
The goal of this therapy is to administer techniques that keep the athlete in the best possible shape so that they can continue competing in their chosen sport.
Sports Massage therefore provides key treatments. Sports massage is performed:
- Before and after training or events in a preventative manner
- As regular physical maintenance
- When injuries occur
- During recovery
- As a part of a rehabilitation program
Techniques used in sports massage therapy are quite extensive, more so than in most other types of massage therapies.
Our massage therapists might choose to use such techniques as vibration, friction, direct pressure, effleurage, stretching, cross-fiber friction, compression, or deep massage.
This broad spectrum of massage techniques is required to meet a large range of athletic needs, including:
- Provide warm-up
- Increase flexibility
- Amplify neurological signals
- Improve strength
- Improve blood flow
- Aid with recovery
- and more
How Athletes Benefit
Sports Massage has become a key element in a large numbers of sports programs around the world and for good reason.
Athletes that undergo this type of massage experience many benefits, including:
- Relief from tension
- Reduced pain
- Greater flexibility
- Heightened circulation
- and more
Effectively applied sports massage techniques offer athletes a competitive advantage by helping them:
- Avoid injuries
- Perform at peak levels
- Rapidly recover from injuries
These efforts can be extremely valuable to athletes, especially those that have chosen to perform in sports as their career.
Psychologically, sports massage therapy reduces anxiety and stimulates a positive feeling of well-being.
Whether you are a serious or aspiring athlete, contact Hands On Healing for effective, proactive therapeutic massage sessions.