Here at American Sled Dogs, we are always looking for ways to better serve our members. That’s why we’re very excited to announce that starting January 2017, we will be offering sports massage in-house courtesy of our friends at Balance Therapeutic Massage.
What exactly is it about sports massage that makes it such a great option for athletes and active bodies? Here are just five of the most notable benefits of sports-specific massage:
- Improve Circulation – Massage aids in circulation by moving blood through congested areas and eliminating lactic acid and toxins.
- Promote Flexibility – By working on muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, and joints, regular massage can improve flexibility and range of motion, keeping your joints more healthy and mobile.
- Reduce Pain & Injury – Whether you’re recovering from a sports injury or want to minimize the chance of a new injury, massage helps the body pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, which aids in the healing process.
- Sleep Better – Studies have shown that regular massage spikes serotonin levels, which in turn increases your natural melatonin and helps circadian rhythms reset.
- Relaxation – This one is pretty straightforward. Having a trained expert work out any knots or kinks in your body simply feels good, and you’ll leave feeling recharged and relaxed.
Maximize recovery following heavy workouts, competitions, or during high-intensity training cycles with regular massages. As a lifter or athlete, you will benefit more from a deep tissue or sports massage than you would a softer, more gentle massage. Keep in mind that sports massage is not always the most comfortable feeling. You may leave a massage feeling as sore as you would after a particularly tough workout. This is because the deep pressure of manually kneading out knots and tight muscles allows for better circulation of blood and nutrients as well as removing toxins.
The more regularly you get sports massages, the more you’ll benefit from these advantages. Consider it like keeping your car maintained with regular maintenance and oil changes. Your body is a powerful machine and it will function at full capacity when properly cared for.
In addition to sports massage, Balance Therapeautic Massage therapists will also be offering myofascial cupping. If you haven’t tried it yet, think of cupping as the inverse of massage. Rather than applying the usual pressure to muscles, cupping uses suction to pull skin, tissue and muscles upward. Similarly to massage, cupping alleviates muscle tension and pain, improves circulation, and pulls out toxins in the body.
Massages scheduled by appointment only. $50 for one-hour massage for American Sled Dogs members. Call 757-689-7606 to book your massage appointment at the gym.