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Sports Massage & Endurance Recovery

The way we recover is just as important as the way we train. Providing sports massage really lets me look after an athlete completely.

I believe massage is an essential part of a demanding training plan and therefore offer a 5% discount to all coached athletes.

I offer sports massage from my private treatment room based in Little Wymondley, Hitchin. 

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Benefits of Sports Massage to Endurance Training

Sports massage should play an important part in the life of any sportsman or woman, whether they are injured or not. Massage has a number of benefits both physical, physiological and psychological.

Sports massage can help maintain the body in generally better condition, prevent injuries and loss of mobility, cure and restore mobility to injured muscle tissue, boost performance and extend the overall life of your sporting career.

Physical effects of massage

Pumping

The stroking movements in massage suck fluid through blood vessels and lymph vessels. By increasing the pressure in front of the stroke, a vacuum is created behind. This is especially important in tight or damaged muscle tissue, as a tight muscle will squeeze blood out like a sponge, depriving the tissues of vital nutrients and energy for repair.

Increased tissue permeability

Deep massage causes the pores in tissue membranes to open, enabling fluids and nutrients to pass through. This helps remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourages the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients which help them recover quicker.

Stretching

Massage can stretch tissues that could not be stretched in the usual methods. Bundles of muscle fibres are stretched lengthwise as well as sideways. Massage can also stretch the sheath – or fascia – that surrounds the muscle, thereby releasing any tension or pressure build up.

Break down scar tissue

Scar tissue is the result of previous injuries or trauma, and can effect muscles, tendons and ligaments. This can lead to inflexible tissues that are prone to injury and pain.

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