Why Should I Get A Sports Massage?
First off, what is a sports massage, and how is it different from, say, a Swedish massage? A Swedish massage is a great all-around massage that works for just about anyone. This type of massage gives many of the great benefits mentioned above. Swedish massage can soothe stiff, sore muscles, work out mild kinks and rejuvenate your body.
Sports massage is a bit more in-depth. It has elements of Swedish massage, and can be relaxing, but it also has elements of deep tissue massage, making it a more vigorous experience. There is a focus on flexibility, as the massage therapist will stretch your muscles to increase flexibility. One of the added benefits of this treatment is reduced injury. The massage will also focus on areas of soreness related to your specific athletic activity.
How Does A Sports Massage Benefit Me?
You do not need to be a professional athlete or be involved in sports to get the benefits of a sports massage. In fact, even if you are a "newbie" to fitness, a sports massage can be helpful. When you start working out, your body will be somewhat in shock. You will be exercising and working muscles that you may never have worked before. You may be more prone to injury due to lack of flexibility, and you may get discouraged when soreness prevents you from sticking to your new routine.
Sports massage can help alleviate many of these issues. Getting a massage regularly can improve the quality of your workouts, reduce downtime due to muscle soreness, increase flexibility and reduce the likelihood of injury. Not only that, but it can help energize you and improve your mood.
Where Can I Get A Massage?
You should always choose an experienced, licensed massage therapist. One of the benefits of the Downtown Athletic Club is that it is a full-service gym with a wonderful staff of licensed massage therapists who offer sports massage, as well as Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone and prenatal massage. Contact the Downtown Athletic Club to find out more about fitness and massage today.