For Athletes

How Massage Can Enhance Your Fitness Performance

Male Swimmers

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

Whether you are a professional athlete, a sport 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 caring for the wear-and-tear and minor injuries that naturally occur with movement. 

 

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

 

Athletic performance can be enhanced with therapeutic massage. There are a variety of techniques that a therapist can use that can improve flexibility, decrease muscle soreness, improve recovery time, and limit injuries. Information can be gathered during a massage that can help an athlete with performance techniques.  

 

Here are some of the facts:

 

  • 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.  

  • Improves circulation of blood, which means 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 place on musculature. Removing these toxins will reduce muscle soreness, and decrease training pain. This can help you be more consistent with workouts, sport activities, and life.

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

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

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

  • Improves the immune systems 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 will stimulate the nervous system creating a relaxation response, which can circumvent the effects of stress.  

  • Improves emotional well-being and quality of life.  

Linda Addario is very professional and knowledgeable in her skills. I had an awesome massage and feel great !

JoAnne S.

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