A maintenance massage is an excellent addition to training for a sports person or athlete whatever their fitness level or ability. It’s very effective when used as part of preparation for a sporting event, competition or endurance challenge.
This type of massage takes place in between training sessions and the aim is to work on specific elements and tissue structures which have become shortened, tight and painful. The idea is to loosen off tightness within soft tissues so as to improve performance and prevent injury. A typical sports maintenance massage can last from between 30 minutes to an hour and is a very helpful regular addition to a training programme, particularly if you’re training for an endurance event such as a half marathon, full marathon or triathlon
Maintenance massage can also be very beneficial for non-athletes or people who don’t take part in sport or fitness. This type of massage can be very helpful in relieving occupational and postural stresses. These problems can be caused by sitting at a desk all day, having poor posture or just by leading a busy and hectic lifestyle. A maintenance massage will help relieve muscle tension, assist relaxation and improve range of movement and posture.
The main aims of the maintenance massage are:
-assist with management of soft tissue dysfunction
-promote recovery from injury
-assist relaxation and recovery from a training session
-improve posture and alignment
-decrease muscle tension
-improve range of movement
-increase circulation and lymphatic drainage
-restore muscle tone
This is usually performed less than 2 hours before a sporting event or competition. The aim of the pre-event massage is to optimise performance.
The pre-event massage will assist with circulation of blood flow to the muscles, it will increase delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, encouraging freer movement of the joints and preparing them for activity. It can reduce physical tension prior to an event and/or be used to increase tone which helps the body become more invigorated and prepared.
The main aims of the pre-event sports massage are:
-change the tone of the muscle
-switch on the sympathetic nervous system ready for action
-improve range of movement
-increases blood flow, oxygen and nutrient supply to the muscles
Post-event massage is used to assist recovery after an event and can be performed for between 20-60 minutes a few hours – 24 hours after the event. Many different massage techniques are used to increase blood circulation, remove metabolic waste and calm muscles down after activity. Post event massage uses light pressured techniques alongside passive stretching to help regain normal muscle resting lengths after strenuous exercise. A post event massage helps treat and prevent delayed onset muscles, fatigue and tightness.
The main aims of the post event massage are:
-to promote the rapid removal of waste products and toxins from the muscles
-to help prevent DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)
-to relieve cramp/spasms, muscle pain, tension and tightness
– to improve circulation, bringing an increase of oxygen and nutrients to the muscle which reduces fatigue and soreness
-to increase lymphatic drainage
-to release fascia restrictions
-to create feeling of relaxation