Due to its numerous benefits, sports massage can play an important role in an athlete's overall health and maybe even their performance, but certainly in their recovery.
"Sports massage is the scientific manipulation and assessment of soft tissue for the prevention of injuries," says Helen Wright, sports masseuse. "Massages maintain your physical condition by normalizing and improving muscle tone, promoting relaxation and stimulating your circulation."
The benefits of a sports massage for swimmers
Maintains better physical posture.
Increases circulation which helps reduce muscle tightness and improved mobility, flexibility and relaxation.
Speeds up recovery.
Encourages the removal of waste products such as lactic acid.
Boost physical and mental performance.
Improve overall relaxation.
What is recovery?
A mental and physical process of
rest and recuperation from intense exercise
Did You Know...
-Massage may be the oldest form of medical care.
Egyptian tomb paintings from about 6000 years ago show people being massaged.
-Healthy touch of any kind reduces the heart rate and can lower blood pressure.
-A 60-minute massage is equivalent to getting 7-8 hours of sleep to your body.
-Touch and massage stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers.