Athletes have always used massage therapy to not only help improve athletic performance before, during and after events but it is also used as a method of assisting in post injury recovery.
Most professional sports teams will have a sports therapist available to work with the athletes; however, this typically means that there is only one person responsible for an entire team. As a result, athletes will typically turn to private massage therapists who will be able to work with them on a regular basis to ensure that they are performing at their best, at all times.
At Custom Bodies Fitness and Massage, our therapists are all certified in sports massage and the athletes we work will report that they are completely relaxed following a massage. But what exactly does this mean, physiologically for the athlete? What it means is that total relaxation will cause dilation of blood vessels resulting in more efficient circulation. When our circulation is better, it means that there is going to be more oxygen, water and nutrients reaching the muscles and all of the other tissues of the body.
Athletes generally practice and compete at their highest levels so self care, year round is critical for them to maintain their ability to perform well. We believe that massage therapy allows the athlete to get the most from their body. Just like exercise and eating healthy, the benefits of massage are cumulative, meaning the more often you get a massage, the greater the benefit. A typical massage schedule for high performance athletes is 2 days before a competition, and immediately following.