Sports massage, as the name suggests, is a therapy designed for high activity people. Depending on the sport you will be playing there are different areas to treat both pregame and postgame. Pregame therapy focuses on preparing your muscles for high intensity motion. Usually lasting between 15 to 45 minutes the session is meant to stimulate circulation of blood and lymph fluids so that your body can perform at its peak. Increasing blood flow also helps postgame as the body is more prepared to heal damaged tissue which occurs with any high intensity work out.
Postgame therapy is designed to help the body repair itself from the sore muscles and knots which may occur after the event. It normalizes your body tissue which continues to be in ‘high gear’ after the activity so it can begin to relax and cool down. These treatments are done within an hour or two after the event to prevent muscle tightness which can lead to injury in future workouts.
If you are getting ready to give it your all then it’s time to visit Tranquil Healing By Kristina Atkins LMT so you know you have done what you needed to minimize potential injury and continue to play without delay.