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For Athletes

How Massage Can Enhance Your Fitness Performance

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Do you know most professional athletes use therapeutic massage to enhance their performance potential?
 

Whether you are a professional athlete, a sports and fitness enthusiast, or a weekend warrior, including regular therapeutic massage as part of your fitness plan is an intelligent decision. A complete wellness plan includes not only an exercise and dietary plan but also caring for the wear-and-tear and minor injuries that naturally occur with movement. 

 

Therapeutic Massage is the ideal complement to a total fitness plan.  

 

Therapeutic massage can enhance athletic performance. A therapist can use a variety of techniques to improve flexibility, decrease muscle soreness, improve recovery time, and limit injuries. Information can also be gathered during a massage to help an athlete with performance techniques.  

 

Here are some of the facts:

 

  • It improves flexibility, muscle tone, and agility. If muscles can lengthen and contract efficiently, they can perform better and are at a lower risk for injury.  

  • It improves blood circulation, providing more oxygen and nutrients to organs, muscles, and other soft tissues for optimum functioning and tissue repair.

  • Flushes toxins out of muscles and tissue that accumulate due to intense demands on the musculature. Removing these toxins will reduce muscle soreness and decrease training pain. This can help you be more consistent with workouts, sports activities, and life.

  • Faster recovery from injury. Massage can break up adhesions and scar tissue from injuries, milk out the waste products of the repair process, and bring in nutrients for healing. Faster recovery means you're back in action sooner.

  • Improves body awareness. The body is a unique, finely-tuned organism. Receiving massage can give insight into what needs attention for preventative measures and adjusting performance skills. Taking a proactive approach to wellness can reduce injuries and health issues and save time and money on medical expenses.

  • Improves sleep. Massage can facilitate deep relaxation states, which can help improve the quality of sleep.

  • Improves the immune system's function to keep you healthy. 

  • Decreases the effects of stress. Understand that stress can be a factor in disease processes such as heart disease, cancer, and strokes. Massage stimulates the nervous system by creating a relaxation response, which can circumvent the effects of stress.  

  • Improves emotional well-being and quality of life.  

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Linda is very well educated and proficient in what she does. She really helps and is great to deal with also!

Susan H.

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