As an avid tennis player, football fan, and a massage therapist, I asked to be a guest writer on the is blog.
Sports are addicting, and in a sense an act of daily meditation and positivity, and mood raising.
Many studies have demonstrated that serum concentrations of endogenous opioids, in particular beta-endorphin and beta-lipotrophin, increase in response to both acute exercise and training programs.
This being said exercise enthusiasts, athletes, novice and professionals experience more than just the need to win a game.
When you are in the heat of a sport, especially if competing, you push your mind and your body to obtain the results that you are after. Being the mind is so powerful, we are able to endure constant muscle contraction, ongoing physical stress and conditioning.
This is a part of being an athlete and playing sports. I am not only an avid tennis fan, but also regularly play the game and engage in local matches. I understand the stress and fatigue that the body is put through, and the rewards that come from the love of what you do.
As a massage therapist and bodyworker, I also understand the importance of recovery for both the physical body, and the mind. Massage therapy and body work offer a slue of benefits that will improve your art. There are several styles to choose from, depending on each individuals body, injuries, and needs.
I highly recommend speaking with your therapist and working with them to discover the best solution for you. One thing to keep in mind is regular stretching, bodywork and massage. This will act as maintenance and preventative maintenance to help keep the body operating at peak performance, and to prevent any further damage that could alter or impact performance.
There are a few specific massage styles that I recommend for athletes.
Myofascial Release – There is a connective tissue that surrounds all muscles. This tissue can create restrictions in the muscles. Inflammation, injuries, and physical trauma can tighten this tissues, creating pain and physical restrictions. By releasing this tissue, the muscles become less restricted and range of motion is improved.
Deep Tissue Massage – A very common type of massage for both athletes and non athletes, deep tissue therapy works at both deep and superficial levels to release the entire muscle. This is a very “deep” massage and can be uncomfortable. It helps alleviate recent injuries and muscle tightness.
Active Release Technique – This type of massage is preferably to treat specific injuries and utilizes movement along with massage. It is great for scar tissue build up due to injuries that have built up overtime.
Athletes are dedicated to their sport. It takes ongoing training and physical endurance to play the game…just remember to take of your body!
K. Omega- Certified Massage Therapist – Sanctuary Spa