Guest post by Victoria Hall, Massage Therapist at Zone Health and Fitness.
If you truly want the most out of your body and training, adding Therapeutic Massage to your routine is a great option. To be better, faster and stronger it’s important to place the same amount of attention in how you recover.
A body in pain is a sign of overworked muscles. Minor injuries and lesions occur due to overexertion and/or overuse. Massage increases blood and lymph fluid flow, thereby speeding the injury rehabilitation process. A massage also helps with pain from spasms and cramps.
Types of Massage
Swedish Massage is a customized massage. Generally, a flowing technique is utilized to promote circulation of blood and lymph. This massage is designed to relieve aching muscles and increase relaxation.
Connective Tissue Therapy
Connective tissue therapy focuses on lengthening the fascial (a band or sheet of connective tissue beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs) component of chronically shortened muscles allowing them to resume a relaxed state. Postural habits can be addressed and members who receive connective tissue therapy can enjoy greater range of motion as well as increased ease when standing and moving.
Neuromuscular Therapy drives deeper in the tissue, and is similar to deep tissue and trigger point therapy. Neuromuscular therapy stimulates the neurological reflexes related to chronic muscle contraction and pain patterns. Pressure is applied to specific triggers points recognized as knots in the bellies of the muscle, causing them to relax and reduce pain. Those who receive this form of massage enjoy greater range of motion and increased ease while exercising.
Sports massage integrates Swedish Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, flexibility guidelines and other sports massage techniques in ways specifically appropriate to working with athletes.