Sports Massage Therapy
- Massage has become an integral part of the new athletic training regimen.
- Sports massage is a combination of many massage techniques such as Swedish massage, cross-fibre friction, deep connective tissue therapy and trigger point therapy.
- Sports Massage provides an extra edge to athletes who participate in high performance sports.
The following people can benefit from sports massage.
- Business men and women with aching muscles.
- Patients with muscular ailments associated with aging.
- Scholars and students with tension in their muscles due to long hours of studying.
- Patients who need assistance with their muscle rehabilitation.
- Patients with tension headaches and general muscular pains.
I am a step ahead of the rest in the profession as he studied 3 yearsfull time causing me to gain a profound understanding of the body which leadhim to work with professional sportsmen in many disciplines, such as:
- PSL side Bidvest Wits
- Gauteng Lions Rugby team
- Joel Stransky
- Team Sky’s professional cyclist Chris Froome.
I have an intimate knowledge of muscle groups as well as how they areaffected by the movements and stresses experienced during specific exercise.
My expertise enable me to help athletes in the following ways:
- Reduce the chance of injury
- Improve range of motion
- Improve Flexibility
- Improved muscle power and performance
- Shorten recovery time between races and stages by maximising the flow of oxygen to your muscles through increased blood circulation.
The physiological and psychological benefits of sports massage make itan ideal complement to a total conditioning program. With increased circulationand greater body awareness, athletes can perform at maximum capacity.
When can athletes make use of a sports massage therapist?
- A pre-event sports massage is delivered a day before a competition. It is brisk and light and involves a lot of stretches.
During an Event
- This will be done during an event to reduce stress on muscles that are reacting from repetitive motions and to keep the athlete flexible in order to prevent injuries.
- A post-event massage should be given shortly after the event to flush the body of lactic acid that built up during the activity and to focus on places where the athlete feels pain.
Palliative care/ Maintenance
- This massage is done on a weekly basis to help prevent a build up of tension as well as prevent any over-use injuries from occurring. It also helps to break down adhesions (scar tissue)