What is sports massage? Why is it so popular? Well, there are many reasons actually. Sports massage can be traced back to the early Greek Olympics. The Olympians were massaged vigorously before and after the events to improve performance in the games.
How do we kn0ow this works? In the United States Jack Meagher is thought to be the father of present day sports massage. He and his team massaged horses before and after their races improving performance measurably. The assumption being horses don’t look forward to massage. They don’t know it is beneficial, therefore the improvement could not be psychological as it might be in humans.. Interesting, right?
These days sports massage refers to pre-event or post-event massages focusing on the muscle groups vital to the particular event; running, cycling, swimming, etc. What are the benefits?
- Increased blood flow
- Increased joint range of motion, flexibility
- Increased sense of well-being; relaxed
- Decreased muscle tension
- Decreased recovery time
- Decreased chance of injury
I would encourage a fantastic sports massage including some stretching before or after your next athletic event. We work with dancers, marathon runners and more! We would love to work with you.