SPORTS MASSAGE at Health In The Bay.
If you’re training for an upcoming event and are looking to be in tip-top shape, the needs of those pre sport versus the needs of those post sport are very different. Pre sport massage focuses on relieving muscles via light compression and lymphatic release, whereas post sport focuses on repair via slow deep friction techniques, stretching (passive and active) and mobilisation. Pre sport massage should not be invasive as massage can temporarily weaken muscles in order to aid in successful repair..
Pre sport massage.
Pre sport massage is given under the assumption that the athlete is pre conditioned for the activity to be undertaken, and provides a means of enhancing the natural function of muscles by stimulating the flow of blood and lymph vessels. This enhances circulation which ensures optimal delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the muscles in a relaxed state, as well as promoting efficient removal of toxins and waste build up. The focus of pre sports massage is performance optimisation, as well as reducing risk of damage.
Post sport massage.
Post sport massage focuses on repairing damage caused during activity, and is not advised to get this type of massage before a sport event. The masseuse focuses on breaking up scar tissue, relaxing tight connective tissues, and correcting posture. Generally, it is slower than remedial massage and focuses on fibre release and increasing range of movement. Henry likes to apply trigger point therapy within post sport treatments as it allows for a far more successful release and breakdown of scar tissue, and more successful mobilisation.