Sports massage targets specific areas of the body that athletes need the most. You will feel relaxed and rejuvenated as your body receives exactly what it needs to recover from those hard workouts.
Portland is a popular destination for weekend warriors and athletes, but not enough of them are embracing the benefits that massage therapy provide. Sports Massage is designed to awaken antagonistic muscles, relax fatigued muscles, and increase overall blood flow to all of the major muscles in your body. We achieve these results with Swedish massage techniques, myofascial techniques, and deep tissue massage that will target lengthening muscles and shortening muscles and increase joint mobilization.
Our goal for any sports Massage is to help you recover faster from your extensive training regime or athletic event. Demanding workouts are hard on the body, and most of us suffer from "delayed onset muscle soreness," which is extensive muscle soreness after working out - typically experienced a day or two later. In order to heal properly, the body requires increased blood flow to the muscles, which jump starts tissue repair and aids in building new muscle tissue.
Post-sports massage is the vigorous milking of muscle tissue after competition in order to flush the body of toxins, increase blood flow, and decrease muscle soreness. This is especially useful immediately following, and up to 48 hours after, the sporting event. Receiving a sports massage after the big race will greatly improve your recovery time - no more limping around for the next week! We will do our best to adjust pressure to minimize any areas that might be overly sensitive.
In addition to massage, we advocate home care routines that use a foam roller and a trigger point ball. Check out our blog on Why You Should Be Foam Rolling! Here is a great article from "Pacific College" addressing the benefits of sports massage and delayed onset muscle soreness.
Sports Massage provides great benefits to those who work and play hard: