The Benefits of Sports Massage
You don’t have to be a professional athlete to benefit from a sports massage. Although this therapy was originally developed to aid injury prevention and rehabilitation among athletes, non-athletes can enjoy numerous physiological and psychological benefits from regular sports massage therapy.
At The Wellness Sanctuary, owner, Zoe Overton is a Level 5 Qualified Sports Therapist and was trained by some of the leading sports massage professionals in the UK at the North London School of Sports Massage (NLSSM). Zoe and her team welcome clients of all ages to their Needham Market sanctuary, providing sports massage to those who engage in regular sporting events or competitions as well as those who are physically active in everyday life due to work.
Whether you are injured or not, regular sports massage can help to maintain a positive sense of wellbeing for you body and mind in the following ways:
Improved blood circulation
A good way of maintaining muscle strength and energy is to have a sports massage which can enhance your blood and lymphatic circulation. If you come to us with tight or damaged muscle tissue, our advanced techniques can help tissues to receive the vital nutrients and energy needed to repair and recover quickly.
Remove toxins and waste products
Specialised deep tissue bodywork leads to the pores in tissue membranes to open up, encouraging nutrients and fluids to pass through, giving muscles more oxygen to repair. By the same token, deep tissue massage also helps to remove waste products and toxins such as lactic acid that block those nutrients from reaching tired muscles.
Release muscle tension and pressure
Sports massage helps to stretch muscle tissues that are otherwise left untouched post-exercise. By stretching the muscle fibres in all directions, our team can help to ease the build-up of muscle tension and pressure that can cause discomfort.
Through regular sports therapy, your muscles are more likely to relax thanks to the increased stretching, blood circulation and heat generated from deep tissue massage techniques. Your body’s mechanoreceptors are more sensitive to pressure, touch and warmth, causing a sense of relaxation throughout your body.
Minimise recovery time between physical activity
Regular sports massage is ideal for those who play sport or engage in regular physical activity. For instance, if you play sport at the weekend, a massage at the start of the following week can accelerate post-game recovery. If you engage in an intensive gym workout schedule, regular sports massage can facilitate tissue elasticity and encourage muscles to take oxygen and nutrients to repair faster.
Decreased stress and increased focus
If you simply lead an intense and stressful lifestyle, regular sports massage can help to induce relaxation and ease anxiety levels, providing a sense of renewed wellbeing and focus.
Interested in our remedial and sports massage therapies? If you live in the Ipswich or Stowmarket area, we’re just a short drive away, with same-day and evening appointments available, pending availability. Take your first step to recovery today by calling 01449 523032 or drop us a line using our online enquiry form.
First-time customers will receive a £10 discount on all 1hour sports massage treatments.