A sports massage is usually focused on a specific area of the body to improve physical performance, minimize the potential for injury and address chronic conditions due to overexertion or strain. The massage therapist uses a variety of techniques that may include positional release, myofascial release, and stretches to improve/increase range of motion at the joints. Pre-event massage sessions are vigorous and designed to “rev-up” and prepare for exertion during the sport activity. Post-event massage sessions will focus on painful areas due to strains. The massage therapist will work to elongate muscle tissue, which will encourage the release of toxins. Hot or cold therapy may be incorporated into the treatment to flush the tissue and reduce pain. A sports massage may be 60 or 90 minutes long.
- improves flexibility and range of motion
- enhances the body’s ability for peak performance
- relieves pain
- improves circulation and nourishment to muscles and surrounding tissues
- speeds recovery after sports exertion