What is Massage?
Sports & therapeutic massage has become an integral part of the new athletic regimen from sports medicine clinics, college athletic training rooms, NFL and MLB professional locker rooms and in Olympic training. A growing number of trainers believe that massage can provide an extra edge to the athletes who participate in high performance sports. Massage has become a necessary ingredient for a complete workout.
More and more people are realizing that a complete workout routine includes not only the exercising itself, but also caring for the body during recovery. The physiological and psychological benefits of massage make it an ideal complement for a total conditioning and recovery program.
Anyone who routinely tests their physical limits through movements such as running, cycling, triathlons, swimming, dancing, sports, strength training and aerobics can benefit from a sports massage. There are others who do strenuous activities daily such as mothers with small children, gardeners, construction workers, and anyone with a physically demanding job that would benefit from this service too.
Athletes have discovered that specially designed sports massage promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries and prepares their body and mind for optimal performance.
What makes sports or therapeutic massage different? Sports or therapeutic massage is customized with the clients level of training in mind. What a golfer needs is different than a soccer player. The massage therapist will listen to your specific needs and customize the massage based on the areas needing most attention. This is a good way to prevent injuries or recover from an injury. Massage is used to increase mobility and reduce muscle soreness. It can help flush the body of unnecessary toxins in order to recover quicker.
Using massage in your performance and recovery program has many benefits. It can help you get in to better shape in less time, with less stiffness and soreness. It will help you recover faster from heavy workouts or training programs and it relieves conditions which may lead to injury.
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