What are the advantages of a sports massage
Credit: Getty Images
Training > Injuries

Sports massage: What are the benefits of having a regular massage?

Having a regular sports massage has many benefits for athletes, says Nick Beer, including physical, physiological and psychological

 When you work full-time, squeezing some training into your weekly schedule can be a real challenge – and that often means you don’t get an opportunity to properly recover from your sessions.

While it’s fair to say that nothing can  replace genuine recovery time, having regular sports massages – which involve the manipulation of soft tissue – can certainly be beneficial. Below are just a few of the ways that sports massages can help your body to recuperate, boosting your chances of performing well in the future:

  Physical – Suffering from delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) after a hard training session is somewhat inevitable. Typically, our muscles are left feeling tighter and less flexible. During a sports massage, our bodies are able to relax, which increases the mobility of our joints and restores our range of movement.
This accelerates recovery, enabling us to come back stronger and in less pain.  

Delayed onset muscle soreness in the calves – simple exercises to fix it

Why do muscles still hurt a few days after exercise?

  Physiological – Sports massages help our muscles to relax, and that makes a huge difference to our blood flow. With our vascular system under less stress and tension, it can perform more efficiently. This allows nutrients to be delivered and waste products to be removed from the muscles at a faster rate. 

  Psychological – As anyone who’s had one will know, a sports massage is a great way to induce calmness and relaxation. This can help to eliminate any tension that’s built up over the preceding days and weeks, and reduce anxiety, leaving us feeling invigorated and full of energy for the challenges ahead. 

  

Foam rollers: how to use them

How foam rolling aids muscle recovery

Self-massage: how to treat your aches and pains


 
 

Daily deals from top retailers

We'd love you to add a comment! Please login or take half a minute to register as a free member

Back to the top