Sports Massage Characteristics:
Quick-paced, invigorating muscle, ligament, and tendon massage and stretching for male and female athletes. This massage is not designed for relaxation.
This modality is intended to remove lactic acid from muscles and tissues. Therefore, many of my sports massage clients arrive directly after working out or coming in off the field of play.
Techniques include knowledge gained through training in Shiatsu as taught by Randy Cummins, Dub Leigh's Structural Integration Work (mentored by Ida Rolph, Feldenkrais, Berry, and Roshi) as well as specific stretch/pressure techniques (soft tissue release) as taught by Stewart Taws (who worked with Olympic Champions in England). And another part of my sports massage techniques comes from the Oriental theory of acupressure (working on tsubos/master points along meridians) as taught by Shizuko Yamamoto and Patrick McCarty.
Designed to improve range of motion and muscle flexibility, resulting in improved power & performance, and shorten recovery time between workouts.
Medium to deep pressure
Substantial limb and muscle stretching
Strokes include effleurage (stroking), kneading, vibration, friction, passive & active movements, and trigger-point
Music selection: Various selections of very upbeat massage music. Or, bring your own music. In this modality, I am open to any tunes that are upbeat (the more upbeat, the better).
Massage medium: Oil
I offer 60, 90, and 120 minute sessions.
Sports massage is used primarily for the athlete who trains continuously. While your entire body will be massaged, a sports massage focuses on the muscles relevant to the particular athletic activity. It also includes pre-event, post-event and maintenance techniques that promote greater athletic endurance and performance, lessen
chances of injury and reduce recovery time.
Anyone who routinely stretches their physical limits through movement such as running, cycling, hiking, swimming, dancing, tennis, strength training, and aerobics can benefit from a sports massage. There are others who carry out strenuous activities that may not be normally classified as exercise that may benefit from a sports massage. Examples are mothers with small children, gardeners, and others who use their bodies strenuously in their work.
Incorporating sports massage in your conditioning
program has many benefits. It helps you get into good shape faster,
and with less stiffness and soreness. It helps you recover faster from
heavy workouts, and relieves conditions which may cause injury.
The Benefits of Sports Massage
Regular sports massage can reduce the chance of injury. Sports massage can improve range of motion and muscle flexibility, resulting in improved power and performance, shortened recovery time between workouts, maximizing the supply of nutrients and oxygen through increased blood flow, and enhanced elimination of metabolic by-products of exercise.
Sports massage is also intended to remove lactic acid from muscles
and tissues. Lactic acid is a constituent part of the cellular metabolic
cycle. During strenuous anaerobic exercise the levels of lactic acid can
rise to high levels, causing fatigue and a burning feeling in the muscle
tissues. One way to diminish the burning feeling in an athlete's muscles is
with a recovery style sports massage. The strokes of a recovery sports
massage aids circulation. The stagnant blood and fluids are "pumped" toward
the heart and liver. Freshly oxygenated blood rushes into the muscle tissue,
giving a refreshed relaxed feeling to sore muscles. After a post-workout
sports massage, recovery from a grueling workout or training session is much
I recommend scheduling a 60 to 90 minute sports massage session, depending on the level of work you desire completed. An hour-and-a-half provides sufficient time for me to adequately provide a variety of strokes and the number of repetitions per stroke that is needed for a suitable sports massage to the entire body.