Massage: Not Just a Woman’s World
It’s time to break the stereotype that massages are just for women. Sports therapy courses are an effective addition to any training schedule and fantastic rehabilitation, so if you haven’t already considered it, now is the time to start. There are 4 main types of sports massage: pre event massage, post event massage, maintenance massage and injury treatment.
Most of us sit in the office 9-5, and later exert ourselves in relatively short bursts of high intensity exercise in our hours outside of work. This fluctuation can easily result in tight muscles and can possibly cause injury. This means maintenance massages in particular can really benefit your training regime, even if you’re not going to be entering the Olympics any time soon (but never say never, right?).
- Pre event massage: The purpose for pre event massage is to prepare the body for high-intensity activity. The focus is on loosening the muscles, not inducing relaxation. It’s typically pretty fast paced for a massage, to stimulate blood flow. You want the athlete to mentally prepare – not send them off to sleep! There are plenty of psychological benefits to this particularly type of sports therapy too, such an increasing the athlete’s confidence as well as keeping to a pre event routine. It is typically carried out a few hours before the event, and shouldn’t take longer than 20 minutes. Short and sweet so they’re ready to compete!
- Post event massage: This type of physical therapy works slightly differently in that its main aims are to improve the circulation, reduce muscle tension, as well as assisting with relaxation. The techniques involved can vary greatly depending on the type of exercise undertaken and its intensity. This can also help the athlete cool down, and can reduce the risk of next day soreness – surely that’s got to be a good thing?!
- Maintenance massage: Regular massage stretches tissues that can harden through regular training, and can also break down scar tissue from either a deep tissue injury or common sports injuries. This is more of your typical massage, sharing techniques with the traditional Swedish massage and Deep Tissue massage. It’s also a chance to figure out a programme so your sports therapy course works best for you. It’s also a chance to record any current or previous injuries. Your therapist will be ask you where you hurt and which parts of your body take the most stress, and then can tailor the treatment specifically to you.
- Injury treatment: With injury treatment, the idea is to strengthen and stretch the injured areas. This can be incorporated into a maintenance massage, but either way, it provides the opportunity for faster recovery. This is simply due to encouraging circulation so more oxygen and nutrients can be pumped around the body. It can also help in pain management – so whether that’s a sprained ankle, twisted knee or even broken bones, get yourself booked onto a sports physiotherapy course. Have a chat with a therapist to see what they can do to tailor a course to your needs.
We work with some great massage business up and down the country, why not check out our selection and take advantage of what we have to offer? Massage definitely isn’t just a woman’s world!