In part 1 we looked at ‘what’ sports massage is, what the benefits are and how it helps the body. In this article I want to look at why.
Why bother, why spend money on massage, why make it a priority.
In a nutshell the answer is that it will make you better.
It will help you perform better,
Train harder next time,
Get up the next day not feeling quite so battered and,
Be able to finish your active career with a body that still works pretty well.
The many benefits outlined in the previous article are well documented but I still see all sorts of people missing out.
And I get it, I was one of them.
In my early rugby career, before I became a full time professional and massage was provided for us twice a week, I had to sort it out for myself. And there were times when I thought I could get away with not having one. Mainly because I thought it was expensive, a bit of a luxury.
What an idiot I was.
I knew deep down that I was wrong and once I was able to have 2 a week I knew what I was missing.
So much so that ‘on my way back down’, when I was semi-professional again, I happily put my hand in my pocket each and every week.
But it’s not just half decent sportsmen that should be having regular massages.
Anybody that uses their body (that includes manual workers) more than once per week should factor sports massage in to their routine.
Even if you’re not too concerned with performing better, regular massage will help to prolong your ‘career’ and leave you in better health once you finally decide to hang up your………….. (insert your own piece of equipment here).
You may notice that I keep using the word regular.
That is quite deliberate because one-off massages don’t really cut it in my opinion.
Here at JT Ethos we encourage all clients to have a few massages in quick succession and then start to spread them out to their desired frequency.
We do it that way for a very good reason.
It tends to take 3-6 weeks from when we first see a client to get their muscles up to a point where they feel good. No knots, trigger points, spasms or major lumps of scar tissue.
At that point we then start to space the sessions out just far enough so that we can bring them back up to their optimal state after a single massage.
Most of our recreational ‘athletes’ (those playing some tennis or golf or rugby once or twice a week) come in every 4-6 weeks and those that are a little more committed tend to come in every 2-4 weeks.
Using this approach we have been able to help countless people continue to enjoy their chosen activity, at whatever level, without the limitation of old injuries and without too many aches and pains.
When used properly sports massage is a hugely valuable tool in any ones training programme.
The question now is simple – Are you missing out???
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