Sports massage involves the manipulation of soft tissues in order to alleviate stress and breakdown tension that has built up within the muscles. It is commonly used to help prevent injury and niggles within the body, to help enhance performance and to aid recovery. It is not only for injured athletes, it is a treatment method for all with common muscular complaints such as mobility problems, back ache and postural issues.
Sports massage stimulates the cardiovascular system by dilating blood vessels and increasing the circulation of blood around the body. In turn this delivers fresh oxygen and nutrients to the tissue and promotes the removal of waste products and toxins.
Psychological benefits include reducing stress, tension and anxiety while promoting relaxation by activating your parasympathetic nervous system. Not only will you get an increase in dopamine and serotonin levels but you will also benefit from a reduction in cortisol levels, which are directly linked to stress.