Sports Therapy Massages Come Of Age In Massage Chairs

Athletes recognize the importance of Massages before and after strenous activity

When you think of massage, you think of an afternoon at the spa, being pampered with a mud bath, feeling the heat of the sauna, and rejuvenating your skin with fresh peels and wraps. But there’s another side—an increasing trend called sports therapy massage. Athletes around the world are beginning to reap the benefits of this type of therapy which is more than just for relaxing after the game. Doctors have recently learned that a sports therapy massage for athletes before, during and after a game or match can limit injury and contribute to faster recovery when injuries do occur. This is because sports therapy massages loosen muscles, allowing them to metabolize fuel and enhance performance. This cuts down on sports-related injuries such as a pulled muscle, sprains and fractures. Some benefits for athletes are as follows:
  • Improves range of motion
  • Boosts energy during a workout or game
  • Increases fluid flow throughout body and muscles
  • Breaks down scar tissue and improves elasticity
  • Promotes the release of endorphins, which reduce pain
Sports therapy massage for athletes is like nourishment for muscles. It increases circulation, cuts down on pain, and allows for quicker rehabilitation after an injury. These benefits are so important that the medical regime at the 1996 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta made way for sports therapy massage for the athletes who participated there.
You may not be a professional athlete, but may be a weekend warrior. If your passion is any type of active sport such as tennis, golf, basketball, or softball, then you know the importance of warming up and warming down. The key is to stretch and warm up your muscles prior to any strenuous activity. This helps you perform better and reduces the chances of injury. If you are not a professional athlete, you most likely do not have access to a masseuse that can prepare you prior to your sports activity. But do not despair, there is another cost effective alternative for you. A massage chair recliner can be a great alternative and provide you with most of the benefits of a sports massage.
Sport Massage is a blend of shiatsu and Swedish techniques. Shiatsu uses the stimulation of acupressure points in conjunction with applying a gentle squeezing action to particular points in your body to relax the muscles and relieve tension. Swedish techniques use longer, flowing strokes to enhance circulation and blood flow. Robotic massage chairs use these techniques plus air compression to gently squeeze, hold and release many areas of your body. These chairs are built with air compression systems and airbags that can stimulate the muscles in the lower body. These chairs have rollers built into the chair back that can provide therapy to your entire back region. The more known chairs are built by Panasonic, Omega Massage, Human Touch and Sanyo. Some models like the Montage Elite by Omega has a lower body traction system to stretch out your lower body.
If your looking for a great way to warm up or warm down before your strenuous activity, these chairs can be a very practical alternative to getting a professional masseuse or in most cases not doing anything. Even sports like golf, that do not seem too strenuous actually put significant stress on the body. Golf for example, one swings using the muscles on one side of the body in a singular direction. This causes you to over-utilize some muscle groups and under-utilize other muscle groups. How many golfers complain about bad backs? Too many to count. That simple swinging motion done repetitively can cause muscle and tendon damage if you do not warm up and warm down properly.
Many of the massage chair recliners provide a very thorough therapy which helps one to relax, reduce tension and warm up your body for your favorite sport. Whether you are a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, you can get significant benefit from a shiatsu massage chair recliner.
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