Physical activity is important for overall health for everyone. Whether it is organized team sports such as softball and soccer, individual sports like running and golf, or class-room style exercise such as yoga and Zumba, the act of exercise is good both physically and emotionally. But what happens when an injury occurs, putting a hold on your sport of choice? Sports injuries are very common, and can slow down weight loss, hamper efforts to being healthier. To help mitigate the risk of sports injuries, look at including sports massage into your regular workout routine.
Options for Massage Services
At Scents of Serenity Organic Spa in Glen Allen, VA, we offer a full range of sports massage services, customizing each massage to the specific athlete or sport. A Golfer’s Massage is great for golfers to increase flexibility, increasing their swing, and reducing pain often associated with improper mechanics. Many golf instructors and golf pros recommend regular massage to reduce inflammation due to over exercising.
What to Expect From a Sports Massage
Some people steer away from sports massage, worried that the massage will not be relaxing, opting for a traditional Swedish massage instead. Performed correctly, a sports massage is every bit as relaxing as a traditional massage. It is important to know what to expect during a massage though. First thing to happen is the massage therapist will want to know what sports and activities you participate in, as well as if you are experiencing any chronic pain or injuries. This will help the massage therapist customize the massage.
The massage will include muscle manipulation, zone specific passive stretching, as well as overall muscle group alignment. A great way to increase the benefits of the massage is to add essential oils, such as white fir, lavender, and helichrysium. Essential oils are very beneficial to muscles by reducing inflammation, increasing oxygen to the muscles, as well as aiding in muscle repair. Helichrysium has been found to repair damaged muscle tissue. Many Scents of Serenity’s clients who ran in the Monument Avenue Marathon and Half-Marathon in Richmond, Virginia, scheduled massages before and after the races, and felt less pain resulting from the events.
Your Body, Inflammation & Massage
Let’s take a moment to expand on inflammation to better understand how this fits into a massage therapy conversation. Inflammation, in small amounts, plays a vital role in fighting off injury and infection, but then needs to be reduced as part of the healing process. Massage therapy will aid in that process, helping the body to filter and flush toxins, increase oxygen and bring new cells to the muscles.
Strive for a Pain Free and Injury Free Year
Whether you are a triathlete or just a weekend warrior, making sports massage a regular part of your workout regimen will pay dividends, both physically and mentally. With running season getting into full swing here in Richmond, Virginia, massage therapy will be just the thing to get you running and keep you running pain free.
Call Scents of Serenity Organic Spa at (804)277-4498 to schedule your appointment and kick your exercise to the next level!