Pain reduction - Tension and waste products in muscles can often cause pain. Massaging helps reduce this in many ways such as releasing the body's endorphins.
Relaxation - Muscles relax through heat generated, circulation and stretching. Mechanoreceptors which sense touch, pressure, tissue length and warmth are stimulated causing a reflex relaxation.
Sport massagecan help maintain your body in a better condition, prevent injuries, loss of mobility, cure and restore mobility to injured muscle tissue, boost performance, and extend the overall life of your sporting career.
Hands on Stretching is alway added at the end of our sport massage to enhance flexibility and range of motion with our clients.
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Physical Effect of Massage
Pumping - The stroking movements in massaging helps suck fluid through blood vessels and lymph vessels. By increasing the pressure in front of the stroke, a vacuum is created behind. This is essential in tight or damaged muscle tissue because tight muscles will squeeze blood out like a sponge, depriving the tissues of vital nutrients and energy to repair.
Increased tissue permeability - Deep massaging causes the pores in tissue membranes to open, enabling fluids and nutrients to pass through. This helps remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourage the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients which help them recover quicker.
Stretching - Massaging can stretch tissues that could not be stretched in the usual methods. Bundles of muscle fibres are stretched lengthwise as well as sideways. Massaging can also stretch the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle, releasing any tension or pressure build up
Improve tissue elasticity - As a result of hard training tissues can become hard and inelastic. Massaging helps reverse this by stretching the tissues.
Opens micro-circulation - Exercising and massaging increases blood flow to tissues. What massaging also does is open or dilate the blood vessels, and by stretching them this enables nutrients to pass through more easily.
Reduce anxiety- Massaging helps you relax, reduces stress and anxiety levels.
Invigorating- When getting a massage before a sporting event, it can produce an invigorating feeling