I am a cyclist and a massage therapist. A rare combination to find. if you are going to pay for massage you should see someone who has worked with athletes and preferably who is an athlete.
I have worked with cyclists, runners, football players, basketball players and more. Therefore, I have the experience and understanding of massage while working with the athlete.
Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics. Engaging in sports is harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term. Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pain and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates. Sports Massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body’s natural immune function.
Runners and Massage
In order to get the best out of hard workouts and racing, a runner needs to have fresh legs. A great way a runner can get fresh legs when running high weekly mileage is to receive massages. But for most runners, they don’t put in the time to stretch properly after their runs because they are so busy and don’t take stretching seriously.
Sports and Deep Tissue massage will not only supplement their lack of stretching but will work on the runners deeper layers of muscle tissue which are quite often not stretched because of a bio-mechanical impingement’s. So if a runner wants to perform better and recover better a runner will seek out massage on a regular basis.
Why Sports Massage?
There are five significant benefits associated with Sports Massage:
1. It maintains the body in better physical condition.
2. It prevents injuries and loss of mobility in potential trouble spots.
3. It boosts athletic performance and endurance.
4. It cures and restores mobility to injured muscle tissue.
5. it extends the good health and overall life of an athlete's career.
The benefits of pre-event massage:
1. Warms the muscles and joints.
2. Increases circulation.
3. Reduces muscle tension.
4. Increases flexibility of tight muscle groups.
5. Psychologically enhances the athlete's mental state.
The benefits of a post-event massage:
1. Reduces muscle tension.
2. Reduces muscle soreness.
3. Relieves cramping.
4. Increases circulation.
5. Provides general relief from exhaustion.
6. Promotes quicker recovery time.
If you’re going to pay the money, you should see someone who has worked with cyclists before and preferably who is a cyclist. A rare combination to find.