What Is Sports Massage? 2016-01-30T00:49:27+00:00

Online schedulingBenefits of Sports Massage Therapy

Sports Massage Therapy in BoulderEnhance your sports performance and overall health
Not just for athletes, sports massage is a more vigorous approach to bodywork, with a focus on applying sustained pressure to deep and connective muscle tissue in order to target the client’s particular issues. Sports massage is beneficial not only for professional athletes seeking
improved conditioning, but also for enthusiasts and weekend warriors, as well as for people whose jobs and daily routines may be physically taxing or involve repetitive movements. We feel that sitting at a desk for ten hours a day is the physical equivalent of high-stress athletic training. So whether you are running a marathon, or running after your three-year old, sport massage
offers a wide range of benefits for optimal performance in your daily life.

According to a position statement released by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), sports massage is recommended to anyone who implements an exercise program, as many recent studies have found it to:

  • Reduce muscle tension
  • Promote relaxation
  • Increase range of motion
  • Improve soft tissue function
  • Decrease muscle stiffness and fatigue after exercise
  • Decrease delayed onset muscle soreness
  • Reduce swelling
  • Improve cardiovascular function
  • Assist in recovery and healing after injury or chronic strain
  • Enhance athletic performance
  • Help prevent injuries when massage is received regularly

In addition to these physiological benefits, sports massage has the psychological effect of improving focus, by increasing dopamine and serotonin levels while decreasing cortisol, resulting in a relaxed, low-stress mental state.

Sports massage is most effective when it is incorporated into a regular bodywork program as preventative maintenance, as opposed to sporadic visits. Clients receives maximum benefit when they receive periodic treatment weekly or twice per month. Sports massage will be tailored to your specific activities and areas of issue.