All types of athletes prefer sports massage therapy. Sports massage is focused on helping anyone with a very active lifestyle. Whether you are a professional athlete or a weekly runner, this is the massage type for you. A sports massage can be customized according to whatever activity it is that you do. Wherever you get most of your aches or pains from strenuous use on your muscles should be the focus. Many athletes are starting to use sports massage therapy in their training regimen.
Benefits of sports massage include:
Enhances pre-event preparation
Reduces recovery time for maximum performance during training or after an event
Prepares your body and mind for optimal performance
Target muscle-tendon junctions
A 2010 study in the journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that even a 30-second massage improved hip-flexor range of motion. Another study conducted by Margaret Jones, Ph.D. of the American College of Sports Medicine, demonstrated a notable trend toward decreased muscle soreness in the athletes who received massage either before or after exercise.
If you are a regular at physical activity, it's recommended to get a massageat Body Smirks about every week or two weeks depending on your activity. The more active you are, the more often you will need to receive a sports massage.