A sports massage addresses the specific needs of athletes and sports injuries. A sports massage employs techniques from a Swedish massage, trigger point therapy and several other techniques. It is geared toward preventing injuries, maintaining optimal performance and helping to recover from a workout or injury. Call 310-867-4925 to schedule an appointment now!
Benefits of Sports Massage
- Sports Massage helps to maintain the body in peak
- Sports Massage can enhance endurance and improve performance.
- Sports Massage helps to restore mobility and recover from injury.
- Sports Massage helps to prevent injury and loss of flexibility and mobility.
- Sports Massage can extend the athletic life of the athlete.
What a Typical Massage Therapy Session is Like
A typical massage therapy session is between 60 and 90 minutes and can be longer depending your personal preference. Your massage will begin with a brief consultation and review of symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle.
Please undress (or feel free to keep your underwear on) while the massage therapist is out of the room, and lie face down under the sheet on the massage table.
When you are ready, the massage therapist will re-enter the room and the therapist will make the proper adjustments to your body to alleviate the stress.
Depending on your preference, the therapist can apply oil or lotion to the body. A full body massage usually begins with the back and then moves down to the legs but can be customized to your needs. We typically like to cover the major muscles including your arms, legs, pectorials, neck, and abdomen; however, depending on the individual, we may spend additional attention on a specific area.
Please communicate to the therapist any issues of soreness, tenderness, pain or areas of tension. This will allow the therapist to apply the proper techniques in order to heal the area. Please also stay under the sheets at all times.
After the massage, the masseur leaves the room so you can get changed.
Take your time getting up. If you sit or stand too quickly you may feel lightheaded or dizzy. Please all drink a lot of water in order to flush out the toxins released during the massage.
Will Massage Therapy Hurt?
Massage therapy shouldn’t hurt. Occasionally there is mild aching when the massage therapist applies pressure over “knots” and other areas of muscle tension. If the pressure is too strong for you, let the massage therapist know.
How Will I Feel After a Massage?
Most people feel calm and relaxed after a treatment. Occasionally, people experience mild temporary aching for a day.
Massage therapy is not recommended for certain people:
- People with infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds
- Immediately after surgery
- Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
- People prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage
Massage will not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.
Additional Massage Tips
- Don’t eat a heavy meal before the massage.
- If it’s your first time at the clinic, arrive at least 10 minutes early to complete the necessary forms. Otherwise, arrive 5 minutes early so you can have a few minutes to rest and relax before starting the massage.