Benefits Of Massage on Fitness Exercises and Sports
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Benefits Of Massage on Fitness Exercises and Sports

In my cycling experienced in my younger days, I used to race national cycling tournament here. Even I didn’t win even a lap; I have known and experienced the benefits of massage before and after each tournament. If the possibility of a whole body massage is not available, concentrate on the most demand muscles you will be using. Most sports put a general demand on the legs and back muscles, so massage these areas thoroughly. Sports massage is robust and energetic and focuses on the muscles that may have been stressed during the workout. Anyone who exercise regularly or suffers from sports injury can benefit from this therapeutic massage.

BENEFITS OF MASSAGE ON FITNESS EXERCISES AND SPORTS

Massage is a great breather for a life of tensions at work, financial problems and mental stress. Massage not only feels great but can enhance your exercise programs and performances. One can use massage or self massage before exercise to warm up and loosen muscles. Massage after exercise helps prevent stiff muscles and relieve muscles cramps.

Pre-exercise Massage

In my cycling experienced in my younger days, I used to race national cycling tournament here. Even I didn’t win even a lap; I have known and experienced the benefits of massage before and after each tournament.

If the possibility of a whole body massage is not available, concentrate on the most demand muscles you will be using. Most sports put a general demand on the legs and back muscles, so massage these areas thoroughly.

Fast movements for pre-exercise are preferable. Rapid strike or kneading will stimulate the muscles and increase the blood supply and arouse the system.

Post-exercise Massage

Scientific proof that during exercise metabolic waste products like lactic and carbolic acids and urea are released into the muscles. The accumulation of these wastes can cause hardness on the muscles resulting to pain and cramps. While the lymphatic system drains the waste out of he cells, the process can take hours or even days and massage with its striking and kneading action can speed the procedure.

It is necessary to keep the muscles warm after every exercise, so make sure that you dress warmly or inside in a well-heated room temperature.

If there is time available, massage the whole body. Start by massaging firmly, with stroke going toward the heart and finish with slow and gentle strokes.

If there are any signs of injury, avoid the area till you have consulted a doctor.

Massage Guide to Sports

Every sport emphasizes particular muscles, and these ones are the ones to be focus on with pre-exercise massage and post-exercise massage.

  • Cycling: Muscles of the legs, back and shoulders.
  • Tennis: Shoulder muscles (deltoids), the back muscles, biceps and triceps, forearms and the leg muscles.
  • Running: Major muscles of the legs and back including the neck and upper back.
  • Skiing: Muscles of the legs (hamstrings and quadriceps) and back muscle; cross-country skiers should also massage shoulders and arms.
  • Golf; Similar to tennis massage.

The Basic Massage

One need to know only a few basic movements before one can give a body massage. Use oil – preferably natural vegetable oil – to render smooth surface touch and less contact with the bare skin. Position your partner on a table with a height comfortable for your back or work on a mat on the floor, kneeling next to your partner.

Light Touch Massage

Stroking is the rhythmic and flowing movements of stroking form the basis of a massage. One can do a whole body massage using the stroking movements, rendering variety by changing the speed and the pressure of the strokes. Slow motions are calming, while brisk movements are stimulating.

Kneading Press Massage

The word originated from kneading dough. These movements are applicable on such fleshy and muscular areas such as the shoulders, hips and thighs. Light kneading affect only the skin and the above layer of the muscles, while hard or firm kneading will stimulate deeper muscles.

Deep Press Massage

Pressure is deep and direct to release the tension in the muscles on both sides of the spine. Pressure is applied steadily working on the lower back of the shoulders.  The use of oil is best on doing this, to keep the hands from sliding easy.

Tapping Massage

The movements of tapping should be light and bouncy. They are very useful on fleshy and muscular areas. As done quickly, tapping is stimulating and best use at the end of a session to wake the subject up. Never use tapping massage in kidneys, over bones and bruises.

Shiatsu is also known as acupressure. It is guided from the ancient belief that the body’s life energy known as chi or qi runs through different meridians. A shiatsu expert applies pressure to different points where energy may be blocked. Pressure is needed to deplete the blockage. And because pressure is applied firmly, this type of massage can be uncomfortable (pressuring the blockage to burst), but the overall effect is invigorating.

Sports massage is robust and energetic and focuses on the muscles that may have been stressed during the workout. Anyone who exercise regularly or suffers from sports injury can benefit from this therapeutic massage. 

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Comments (12)

Described so well, it read as if I could feel the massage.thank you for all this information.

excellent Ron

Hello Ron, my friend. You really have talent in describing these. I wish I could exercise with you. Excellent post, as always! Thank you dear Ron.

Very interesting and informative. Good information on a subject tat I knew little about.

Like this one! Thanks for the information.

Very good thing to know and adhere to my friend.

A good sports massage can be pretty relaxing after a workout.

 

Thanks a lot everyone - much appreciated.

I enjoyed your article. Your sketches are excellent!

You are a storehouse of a lot of .valuable information.Thanks for your article.

Well explained as people get out to do more exercise, good things to keep in mind.

Thank everyone for the kind support - always appreciated.

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