When it comes to reaching peak performance, recovery is just as important as training. The true athlete has to strike the finest of balances between pushing their body and giving it the time it needs to recover. Due to the intensity of exercise, an effective rest can be the difference between getting back on the horse the next day or having to take a day off because you are too sore. So where does sports massage come in? Sports massage is about maximizing the efficiency of your rest periods. Let's take a look at how this works.
Studies consistently show that athletes who receive massages post-workout have enhanced blood flow and less muscle fatigue than those who don't get a massage. At this point, circulation is everything: it ensures that your muscles get the oxygen and nutrients they need to repair and regrow stronger. Massage also gets in deep and breaks up scar tissue adhesion, and helps muscle fibers grow back quicker and more effectively. Further benefits of sports massage include:
This translates to less time on the sidelines nursing your sore and stiff muscles. If you are interested in adding sports massage into your athletic recovery plan, give our office in Park Slope a call to schedule an appointment today.