Crossfit athletes, runners, powerlifters, bodybuilders, and active sporting participants:
Two of the most important factors contributing towards high levels of performance are recovery and injury prevention. Regular massage therapy can aid in recovery from training sessions and is a very valuable part of your recovery toolbox.
According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), massage acts to improve performance, reduce pain, prevent injury, encourage focus and shorten recovery time.
Massage therapy affects the cardiovascular system in many positive ways. It dilates blood vessels, which helps them work more efficiently to promote circulation. The manual assistance of encouraging venous blood flow back to the heart enhances blood flow, which delivers fresh oxygen and nutrients to the tissue and promotes the removal of waste products and toxins. Thanks to the relaxed state you’re in during and after the massage, your heart rate lowers.
There are fantastic benefits to the muscular system. One of them directly ties to the cardiovascular benefits. The increased and enhanced blood circulation helps to relieve muscle tension, reduce soreness and make for a faster recovery. Then, the relaxed muscles can experience “an increase in range of motion and flexibility,” as explained in a study in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. Both of those benefits can lead to better athletic performance.
Massage reduces inflammation and promotes the growth of new mitochondria, the energy-producing units in the cells, following a bout of strenuous exercise. So massage can help pain relief, build muscles, and encourage their recovery as well. Not only does massage feel good on the muscle tissues, it actually is good for them too.
The sports massage study in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness points out that athleticism, particularly the athleticism required in competitive sports, doesn’t rely solely on physical strength. “Tactical maneuvering in cycling or an ability to focus on a task can also affect performance. Therefore, the psychological effect provided to an athlete by an experience such as massage may be of importance in a non-physiological manner.” These benefits include reducing stress and tension and anxiety while promoting relaxation by activating your parasympathetic nervous system. So you get an increase in dopamine and serotonin levels and a reduction in cortisol levels, which are directly linked to stress.
That relaxed, lowered-tension state encourages focus, a good thing to have before going into any sport, exercise, or competition.
Some particular ways that massage therapy can aid in your training:
- Increases muscle range of motion and flexibility
- Increases circulation and nutrition to damaged tissue
- Reduce muscle tension
- Help athletes monitor muscle tone
- Promote relaxation, increasing dopamine and serotonin while reducing cortisol
- Decrease muscle stiffness and soreness after exercise
- Enhance athletic performance
- Help prevent injuries when massage is received regularly
- deactivates symptomatic trigger points
Packages for Athletes
Burg Crossfit Members Package
As a member of Burg Crossfit, we know that optimal health is your primary goal. With your membership to Burg Crossfit, you will always have access to this exclusive pricing:
60 Minute Relaxation, Neuromuscular, or Sports Massages
Discounts for packages of 2 or more sessions purchased at one time.
30 Minutes $40
90 Minutes $99