Deep Tissue Sports Massage

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Deep Tissue Sport Massage

Deep Tissue Sports Massage

isn’t just for the high performance athlete or marathon runner. When you’re an active person engaged in athletic endeavors you demand a lot from your body. When you perform these activities repeatedly you need your muscles to recover as quickly as possible.

This includes ensuring that any knots that are harbored away in those muscles are worked out as best as possible. Sometimes even with all the proper pieces in place- be it nutrition, rest, hydration, stretching, and supplementation, you will still need a little hands on help. That’s where Sports style massage comes in.

Deep Tissue Sport Massage Takes Someone Skilled

It is necessary to locate a skilled massage therapist that has a firm knowledge of anatomy (how the body is structured) and kinesiology (how the body moves). They definitely need to possess good communication skills and be receptive to your feedback at all times. Deep sports style massage in no way has to be torturous; however working with deep muscles and with certain techniques like friction will have a level of uncomfortability. But oh the joy when those affected muscles are helped to release all those nasty painful knots. You will be so much happier without them.

It’s All in the Timing

Typically Sports Massage is used Pre and Post event and then as maintenance. Duration can be for as little as 5 minutes and as long as 60-90 minutes. In Pre event situations massage is used judiciously and prudently as the muscles need to be worked lightly and briefly so as not to take away from their upcoming performance.

Post event massage is generally used to return muscles to their pre event state. Here massage works with the lymphatic system to flush out and aid in normalizing the tissue. Post event sessions are typically gentler and shorter than maintenance treatments, lasting from 15-30 minutes or so, and not much longer. The type and depth of the work is dictated by the type of event. When muscles are extremely fatigued after a 13 or 26k run or bike ride for example, they will not tolerate too much massage.

Pain or No Pain

All massage techniques begin with what I like to call the ‘warming up and ironing out.’ Their respective names are:  Effleurage, Pettrisage, Kneading, and Tapotement. As their names suggest we are gently pinching, pulling, grasping, rolling, and smoothing out the muscle tissue. You can picture the baker gently caring for his dough, molding it to its desired state. You the dough, me the baker.

A 60-90 minute maintenance session of Sports Massage would begin with the aforementioned steps, then we go deeper into locating those bound, constricted areas, with their knotted muscle fibers. We apply friction type movement that moves back and forth across the muscle fibers, gently teasing them apart from the neighboring muscles. We continue this layer by layer to aid all the fibers back to their individual fiber states and away from their bound, knotted, shortened condition.

The experienced therapist will be able to readily feel the state that your muscles are in, but just as in any other type of massage nothing can replace your communication when they reach areas that are particularly sore or tender.

Describing the sensations in your body like hot, tender, burning, tearing, stretching, relieving helps the massage therapist to know how your body is receiving the work, how much pressure is ideally suitable, when to continue, and when to stop.

As we free up the muscle groups it’s time to add a bit of compression and stretching at this stage to help encourage muscle elasticity (ability for a muscle to return to its normal resting length). Ice and/or heat could be used during and after the session to help either reduce the inflammation and pain or encourage circulation respectively.

It Can’t Move When it’s Stuck

Adhesions are created when significant trauma or surgery causes the body to create scar tissue. Collagen fibers in the body when healthy and uninjured are arranged in parallel patterns. When scar tissue forms it lays down collagen in random patterns like layers of fiberglass on a dented fender. The problem here is though the tissue area is stronger it does not function the same as healthy tissue.

It is now shortened and less pliable which means a loss of its range of motion if the tissue covers a joint,  and  is also likely the area will adhere to the surrounding skin, muscle, fibers, tissue, fascia, and organs, either some or all mentioned. Massage therapy in the form of a technique called friction is how we encourage your body the body to distribute the collagen fibers as close as possible to what is normal.

This way an injury doesn’t have to be debilitating or result in limitation, but instead with this proper rehabilitation it can more quickly return you to the activities you love.

With massage we are putting the body into a more optimum state, so the body naturally increases circulation on its own. By massaging muscles and adding input to the central nervous system, We are facilitating the body in recovering faster from exercise. It’s not the massage that’s doing the healing; it’s the person’s body.

 

 Deep Tissue Sport Massage May Help You:

  • Reduce injury by relieving muscle stress
  • Greatly improve range of motion
  • Shorten recovery time between workouts
  • Maximize oxygen and nutrients in the blood by increasing circulation
  • Increase feelings of confidence and well being
  • Calm or stimulate the central nervous system
  • Psychologically wind down after strenuous activity or event
  • Provide support to the fatigued immune system

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