From beginner workouts to professional athletes, massage therapy has major benefits regardless of the participant's fitness level. Athletes seeking enhanced performance, improved conditioning, faster recovery, injury prevention and assistance in reaching peak fitness can benefit from massage therapy. Some athletes swear by massage therapy for its positive effects that contribute to their overall health. However, until recently there hasn’t been conclusive evidence that massage really does help. Thanks to new studies by reputable sources, massage therapy benefits are being taken seriously.
According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) there are two types of responses that therapy provokes for athletes: a mechanical response as a result of the pressure and movement, and a reflex response where the nerves respond to the stimulation of a massage. These responses can have a full range of positive effects including:
- Reducing muscle tension
- Helping athletes monitor muscle tone
- Promoting relaxation
- Increasing range of motion
- Improving soft tissue function
- Decreasing muscle stiffness and fatigue after exercise
- Improving exercise performance
- Decreasing delayed onset muscle soreness
- Reducing swelling
- Reducing breathing pattern disorders
- Enhancing athletic performance
- Helping prevent injuries
By combining your exercise routine with massage therapy, you may be able to train longer and harder and make the most of your workout. At Oasis Massage and Spa our sports massages are focused on the muscle groups associated with a particular sport and is tailored to the needs of each individual athlete. The intention is to help an athlete enhance performance or recover from an injury. This therapy will often include many techniques in order to meet your individual goals.
If you want to discuss the positive effects of sports massage therapy call 402.964.2267,
and we will happy give you more information or setup your appointment today!