Sports massage is a form of bodywork widely used to help athletes obtain maximum performance and conditioning by increasing endurance,mobility and aiding in recovery. It is particularly beneficial when an athlete is in training for an event. It’s also helpful for anyone who routinely stretches physical limits through movement. Competing athletes, strength trainers, musicians, and weekend warriors have all benefited from sports massage Athletes experience not only body fatigue and muscle soreness but also mental and emotional stress. Massage can help restore vitality, balance, and energy, as well as easing emotional stress. More than just a reward at the end of a workout. It is a vital tool for keeping athletes primed for top performance and even lengthening their careers. During the massage the therapist will customise your treatment focus on muscles used in your sport or fitness activity. For example, areas of greater stress for runners and cyclists are the legs and lower back; for swimmers, the upper body. Sports massage should be a regular part of every athlete’s training program and is commonly used pre event and intercompetition (between events) as well as post event. Post event sports massage focuses on recovery after a competition involving not only the normalization and repair of tissue, but also general relaxation and mental calming. Helping athletes to regain their pre-event condition by relaxing tight, muscles, as well as easing post event soreness and fatigue. Recognized as an important part of a regular maintenance program, sports massage is widely used by individuals, teams,and Olympic and professional athletes.
Have you been wondering if a massage has to hurt to be effective? If so, you are not alone. Many people believe that a massage has to hurt in order to be effective. Well it doesn’t! You’ll be happy to hear that the saying, “No pain, no gain” doesn’t apply to massage therapy. More often, the most effective forms of bodywork are the ones that don’t cause any pain but soothes the nervous system. Something that feels marvelous, and it’s good for you too? It doesn’t get much better than that!
Deep tissue massage has a bad reputation for being painful but if done skillfully and with an attentive therapist that is not the case. There should be minimal discomfort as your therapist manipulates the deeper layers of your soft tissue. Soft tissue includes your muscles, ligaments, fascia (it’s pretty much everything that isn’t bones or organs). Usually the work will be lighter at first, this is important, it helps relax and soften the top layer of tissue and muscle, then slowly the deeper layers of muscle can be accessed. This will feel much better and you will get better results!
Pain and discomfort are two different things. Muscles naturally react to any sort of pain. When your muscles feel that your body is about to be injured the reflex is to deflect the pain, your nervous system kicks in and muscles tighten, and that is not a great way to relax. It’s hard (nearly impossible) to relax if you are in pain, and muscle tension will only release in a state of relaxation. Discomfort is described as “the good pain” it feels intense, but you are accepting it not deflecting. No holding your breath or clenching teeth here.
Deep tissue massage is not for everyone! You are not a wimp if you don’t like it. It is one of the more involved and intense massage techniques. Some people simply like the feeling of more pressure, and a firm massage isn’t always deep tissue. Just be sure to communicate with your therapist about what you prefer and need.
If you are booking your first massage, you probably don’t want to start out with a deep tissue session. Ease your way into massage therapy and start with something less specific, like therapeutic or integrative massage. Nateley is our deep tissue specialist at Windgate Healing Arts, and can help you determine if deep tissue therapy is a good fit for your needs
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Types of Massage Sometimes it can be confusing – you know you’re stressed and everybody tells you that you need a good massage, but what type of massage should you get? There are so many options available at Windgate healing arts, how do you know which one will suit you?
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If you’ve never tried a session on a chi machine, I’m not sure I can explain just how it makes you feel, but amazing comes to mind! A passive aerobic experience with a myriad of benefits, the chi machine gently cradles your ankles and swings to and fro while you relax, lying on your back. This creates a side to side movement that travels up from your feet to your head. The results of this gentle wave like motion are felt in as little as 10-15 minutes. Loosening tight back muscles, alleviating constipation and menstrual pain, and stimulating metabolism are just a few of the reported benefits. In my practice I use it mostly to increase the lymphatic circulation as part of a protocol to reduce swelling in the legs and ankles. Great for pregnant mamas, and those with swelling issues. Also used in tandem with garshanna and far infrared sauna to encourage a detoxification. It can also be added to the end of any session. Although incredible effective it is also quite fun! As one of the the main benefits is increased energy and oxygenation to cells, when your session is over you are flooded with the sensation of this new influx, which feels quite like your whole body is made of stardust.