Do you push your body to achieve new levels of fitness on a regular basis? Are you training to meet that next level of athletic performance? Whether you're a professional athlete or training for your first 5k, the function and performance of your body is a priority.
Sports Massage is a type of therapeutic massage that attends specifically to the needs of athletes.
Sports Massage is appropriate throughout training, and can be applied with specific intent pre and post exercise. I'll ask questions about your goals, your activities, and your training schedule. With attention to your body, your training, and your goals, we'll talk about the most appropriate times to schedule your massage to achieve the maximum benefit.
Maintenance Sports Massage
Appropriate throughout training, these sessions focus on the specific needs of your active, athlete body. Regular massage helps keep muscles healthy, pliant, and responsive. Through increasing circulation, breaking up tight and stuck areas in the muscle fibers, and flushing toxins from the body, massage can improve flexibility, decrease soreness, improve your recovery time, and allow your body to perform with greater ease.
Exercise Recovery Massage
In the 24 hours post-exercise, the application and benefits of sports massage are very specific. The goal is to facilitate muscle recovery, decreasing the extent and duration of muscle soreness. It's extremely important that you are well hydrated and continue hydrating after the massage. In general, these sessions are most often used in relationship to an event or race, but they are invaluable during training as well. Sessions are shorter as it is not an appropriate time to work deeply into any areas. Partial Body Recovery Sessions (ie. just legs or just arms and back) are 15-20 minutes. Full Body Recovery Sessions are 30-45 minutes.
For some, the training is constant. You might always be less than 24 hours post-exercise. If that's you, sessions become a strategic combination of therapeutic maintenance and recovery. We'll work together to determine the best approach to address areas of tightness and pain as well as focus on muscle recovery so that you can keep training at your best.
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