All my clients know, I encourage a regular massage routine. It’s something that I wish I’d known the benefits of many years ago and I hope more and more people start experience the benefits of it soon.
Sports Massage, and a regular treatment plan, is not just for athletes. Tension can build just through living life and getting though your day, be it carrying a big shop, playing with the kids, your work or a training regime.
Massage needs to be seen as less of a luxury and more of a necessity, we need to take the care of our bodies seriously and listen to them. Ben Goodridge (a blogger for AlexandraSports.com) in one of his articles, likened the body to a car. He said “You’ve probably heard stories about cars that seem to last forever, with over 250,000 miles on them, and that run better than your one year-old model. Those long-lasting cars aren’t flukes. Behind their long, healthy lives are owners who regularly check their fluid levels, rotate tyres, and are equally fastidious about other routine maintenance work that most of us ignore until it’s too late. Similarly there are reasons why some people are able to compete at a high sporting level for many more years than most, with fewer injuries. It could be put down to good genes, good training routine including knowledge of when to back off. Another factor, like the car owner, is regular maintenance work, i.e. sports massage.”
How does massage help?
Massage helps to increase your circulation, bringing blood and nutrients to the muscles. It also stimulates nerve endings and helps to break down scar tissue. It increases the time taken for tissue to heal as it realigns muscle fibres that have been damaged or “knotted,” and this in turn will optimise muscle performance. That quicker recovery and optimised performance allows a higher level of training at an increased frequency, and most importantly with less risk of injury.
According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), research has shown that massage can provide the following benefits:
- Improved Performance
- Reduced Pain
- Injury Prevention
- Encourages Focus
- Shortened Recovery Time
Can I just stretch more?
Yes, you can, however joint mobility does not always allow for full extension of muscles to be able to stretch them as much as they may need. If there has been damage to a particular part of the muscle, it is very difficult to target that point with a deep stretch. Soft Tissue Techniques used by massage therapists allows specific areas of the muscle to be stretched, regardless of the joint’s range of movement.
I don’t need regular massage, nothing hurts.
Many of my regular clients will have me work areas that usually become problem areas, even when they are not giving them any issues at the time, and they are always surprised at how much tension there is there that they didn’t know about. This is because tension can build in a muscle over time, and could have been building for anything from days to years before it starts to niggle and tell us to do something about it. Regular massage catches this tension and addresses it before it reaches a critical level at which point you may be at risk of strain or tears in the muscle. With this in mind, don’t ignore niggles or pain! This is your body telling you something is wrong, FIX IT.
I don’t do enough sports to warrant regular massage.
Andy Stanbury, the senior soft tissue therapist for the English Institute of Sport says: “A lot of issues that come about for Joe Public really are occupational. Today most of our work is sedentary and desk orientated, which brings a lot of postural problems and changes. Think what stress is placed on the body when eight hours a day spent at a laptop is followed by one hour of high-intensity exercise. Soft tissue work isn’t just for Olympic athletes. Taking care of your body might help you reach optimal performance even if your ‘high performance sport’ is the occupation or desk job you choose to do.”
What about if I have a chronic condition? That’s not injury prevention.
Regular massages can help with pain management. Therapists can concentrate on stiff muscles and specific problem areas, loosening them and increasing blood circulation. This temporarily relieves pain from sports injuries, arthritis and other conditions. Many people have managed to reduce the amount of pain medication they need through the use of regular massage. If you haven’t had the answers as to why regular massage is important, then please do get in touch and we can talk about how massage can benefit you personally.
If you want to make massage part of your routine, you can save money by booking three sessions for £79 and 6 for £150!