Sports Recovery Massage
Massage is a great way for us to ease everyday stresses. For many of us, having a massage is a sensational treat we indulge in once a month or so.
To a professional athlete, massage therapy is an everyday and on-the-field essential. Having spent a large part of their time getting into tiptop shape, a pro athlete or sportsperson will have a team of physical therapists, trainers and nutritionists on call. Athletes and coaches are constantly fine tuning their training strategies in order to develop a competitive edge. The use of therapeutic methods such as thermal treatments, electrical stimulation (link to ems), and massage are often performed for this purpose.
Athletes, trainers and doctors increasingly recognize the value of sports massage in the training room and out on the field, for conditioning, recovery and competitiveness.
Effects of Massage on Sports Performance
According to research by scientists at McMaster University in Ontario, it was found that massage reduces inflammation and promotes the growth of new mitochondria. This means that sports massage reduces pain, and builds and repairs muscles. Studies have also shown improvements in hamstring flexibility and grip strength on test subjects that received 5-10 minutes of massage versus the control group.
Many amateur sports may consist of multiple rounds or matches (such as swimming, track and field, martial arts, etc). It is not surprising to see boxers being massaged on the ringside during breaks between bouts. Massaging a muscle or group of muscles has been studied to facilitate blood lactate clearance which in turn, may improve muscle soreness or pain post-workout.
All in all, massage have the following positive effects on the body:
- Improved recovery
- Better flexibility
- Eases tensions
- Improves circulation
- Mental conditioning, stress relief.
[1. Holey E, Cook E. Evidence-Based Therapeutic Massage. A Practical Guide for Therapists. 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone; 2003]
The MiuDeluxe massage chair has auto programs designed specifically for the active sportsperson. The Recovery program targets major muscle groups to deliver a robust and deep tissue massage.
The Stretch function consist of a series of expanding and contracting motion targeting the joints and to ease muscle tension.
According to the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, sports massage can reduce stress and anxiety, which can have a heavy impact on performance. The state of mind is almost as important as the state of your body. The psychological effect provided by massage therapy may be of importance in a non-physiological manner.
The endorphins released during massage help to decrease anxiety, provide pain relief, improve mood and enhance your sense of well-being.
Sports such as cycling, gymnastics or golf, which require maneuvering and focusing, can be affected by experiencing a sports massage prior to the event. The relaxed, lowered-tension states promote focus and agility – qualities of the elite athlete.
What’s Best for You?
People have different taste in massage, and treatments need not be of the same intensity. Some prefer a gentler and more relaxing massage chair experience. Others may prefer a stronger, more penetrating style of massage. Spending time to understand the range of massage chairs available in the market will help you make the right decision.
A good way is usually to start researching on product reviews so that you hear what others have to say about the brands available. Additionally, check out various promotions to snag yourself a better deal.
Some massage chairs may have extra features like arm massage, shoulder massager as well as additional features like leg and foot massage. Be sure to try out those you shortlisted and compare the features that suit your preferences.
Type of massage nodes matters
Massage chairs work by activating the massage rollers or massage nodes. Massage nodes are generally classified into two main types.
- Rigid plastic type (Hard)
- Semi-rigid silicone type
The hard type massage nodes are made of hard plastic or even stone / ceramic material which gives a dull and hard pressure on the body when in use. They are used widely in massage chairs due to their lower cost and ease of manufacture. However, the downside is that the cheap rigid type has limited range of motions, which results in a somewhat bland and robotic massage style.
Silicone type massage nodes as the name implies, are made of silicone material which is semi-rigid and flexible to some extent. Being flexible, it is more conforming to the body contour and makes one feel more comfortable and soothing when in use. The silicone type massage nodes are generally suited for a wider range of massage movements, including tapping and knocking. The main advantage is that it feels less jarring as the hard type massage nodes.
Be it for sports recovery or to enhance your game, having a massage is an indispensable part for many active individuals. Having a good massage chair helps. Check out our range of massage chairs here. Speak to our massage chair specialists for a friendly consultation.