The body strives for homeostasis, or balance. Whenever we do something that creates an imbalance within our bodies (pain, fatigue, etc.) we need to counteract that with something that returns the body to its balanced state.
This creates more freedom of movement and the possibility of growing stronger, faster, more efficient and focused.What does this mean to a sports enthusiast? Whenever the body endures an extreme activity, the tissues supporting the activity tighten in response to the demand. This creates a pain response resulting from the building up of toxins and from the lack of circulation in the tightened tissues. In order for the body to continue functioning in the most pain free way and to continue to grow into its athletic potential, balance is required. The body needs to recover so that it can continue to perform most efficiently. There are many ways to take care of your body so that your performance equals your desired outcome; such as stretching, hydrating, proper rest, healthy nutrition, and visualization. Sports Massage takes you to the next level by helping to rid your muscles of the toxic build-up and helping you to repair damaged tissues. In turn:
How does this work? A variety of massage strokes help "push" the toxic build up out of your tissues so that oxygen and lymph can move in and do their job of rebuilding. This improves elasticity, helps break down scar tissue that may be inhibiting your progress and causing pain, and releases endorphins, also known as the body's natural pain killers. Best of all, massage is a passive activity. All you need to do is put your body on a massage table and listen to it say "thank you"! It's really that easy.The best way to maximize the benefits of sports massage is to receive one on a weekly basis. Like training, you get out of it what you put into it. Although using massage right before and after an event is good for the short term, weekly massage is the best bet for long term goals.Here is to your Potential!Liza Tapp, LMT *This document was created, gathered, reviewed and/or modified by a group of practitioners at 2bwell, Inc. Although it might be referenced material, it is authentic in its present form and is not permitted to be used without written consent of 2bwell, Inc.