Getting a massage is one of the best ways to care for yourself. Everyone knows that massage help you to relax, relieve muscle tension, and just feel great. What not everyone knows that there are different styles of massage. These styles (sometimes called modalities) have been developed over time with specific purposes in mind.
When you schedule a massage with cloud9, you can choose the type of massage that best fits your needs.
This can seem intimidating if you’re not familiar with the terms and styles, so we’re going to take a little time to talk about the different options and why you might choose one over another.
cloud9 offers five different massage styles, including sports massage, which will be explored in this article.
What is sports massage?
A sports massage is a massage intended to improve an athlete’s performance. One may get a sports massage before or after a sporting event to help the body to perform better during the event or recover more smoothly after. A sports massage may also be given at any other time to help to treat an injury or discomfort. It is highly focused in specific areas of treatment, and the exact style and technique will depend greatly on the individual needs of the client, taking into account the type of sport to be performed or the particular injury being treated.
Who should get a sports massage?
The term “sports massage” sounds as though it is only professional athletes. Because of this, many people who would benefit from receiving this type of massage never get one. The truth is, however, that most people can benefit from this type of massage. Whether you are running a marathon, cycling, or gardening you are putting strain on your body through exertion or repetitive motions. A sports massage is a way to help minimize the effects of that strain, regardless of whether you consider yourself an athlete or not.
Receiving a sports massage before an activity can increase your blood flow and flexibility, which can lead to fewer injuries and increased performance. Sports massage after an activity can help to calm your body and nervous system while also flushing toxins from the system, and is shown to speed recovery and reduce soreness.
Sports massage can often help speed healing no matter where the injury comes from and, like all cloud9 massages, can be received whenever and wherever is convenient for you. Even if your aches and pains are caused by sitting at a desk all week, a sports massage can help you feel better.
What should I expect during a sports massage?
The term “sports massage” covers many types of massage, so the exact process is going to depend on your needs. Day-of-event massages, whether they be pre- or post-event, are often delivered at the site of the event. The actual technique will vary depending on the sport or activity and what part of the body is to be worked on. Typically, an on-site sports massage is delivered while the client is clothed. Expect to receive an energizing massage before the event, and a more relaxing massage after the event.
On non-event days, you can receive a sports massage anywhere and anytime you wish. This massage may take place on a massage table just like any other massage. The client may be undressed or clothed, as the client prefers, though it may be easier for the massage therapist to work with the targeted area uncovered. Expect for the parts of the body not actively being worked upon to be draped by a sheet or blanket.
One of the key benefit of ordering a heavenly sports massage from cloud9 is that you can receive a sports massage when and where you need it. If you’ve been training for a big event and know that a massage after would help you feel better, you can arrange to meet your massage therapist at your home after the event or even at the event venue. With a traditional massage company, you would have to go to their spa in order to get your massage either on your way to the event or your way home after (provided that the spa is still open), and the additional time between the massage and your activity can lower the efficacy of that sports massage. If you’re treating yourself to a massage later in the week to help with a strained muscle or some other injury, then having a cloud9 therapist come to you makes it more likely you will take the time to get the treatment you need! Either way, you’re going to feel and perform better!
Disclaimer: The information in this post is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any condition.