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The Many Benefits Of A London Sports Massage

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For anybody who takes part in physical sporting events, as opposed to something like chess, massage should be one of your lifestyle choices. In fact, it would not be going too far to say that, if you suffer any sort of injury as a result of taking part in your sport, it is the ideal therapy for speeding up the healing process and preventing similar injury from occurring the next time you take part in your sport. In fact, one proponent of massage claims that without it an injured athlete will rarely recover fully. Just how accurate that claim is may be a matter of debate, but it is certainly a big help in speeding up recovery.

It also has other uses such as relaxing you and relieving stress which can be very important before taking part in an event: anyone who is stressed is not going to give of their best, no matter what their overall abilities, so a sports massage in London before an event will not only relax you but will tone up the muscles and also improve blood circulation, which can only help to put you at the top of your game.

Massage therapy is designed to help muscles in the body relax and as a result the bonus is that it will relieve stress as well. Very often, a therapist will have soft music on in the massage parlour, all of which makes for a relaxing experience. There are several different kinds of massage, and sports massage in particular is one that involves massaging deep tissues and muscles and will also have the effect of removing toxins which build up in the muscles. Waste products such as carbonic acid and lactic acid build up during exercise and deep massage has the effect of removing them from the body. There is normally no immediate effect that is felt, but the following day the overall feeling is much improved. There is a feeling of general well-being.

There are other benefits of massage too. It produces increased blood flow which not only removes toxins but supplies more oxygen and nutrients to the muscles which helps the body to recover from strenuous exercise. Sports massage also improves range of motion and the flexibility of the muscles which increases your performance powers and helps you to play more efficiently. Another benefit is that it shortens the recovery time between workouts or matches because it helps to eliminate the toxins. It can also help to prevent over-training because not only does it have a relaxing effect on the muscles, but also has an effect on the nervous system helping that to relax also. That can help to prevent over-training which has an effect of limiting muscle building.

There are several different types of massage, and these include trigger point therapy. A trigger point is a point in the body which cause a pain somewhere else. It is a tight area within a muscle, and it could be that you have a trigger point in your shoulder which is causing a pain in your lower back, for instance. Or even the other way around. This type of massage is designed to release the tension or "knot" in the muscle which once achieved will release the pain in the other part of the body.

Swedish massage is the basis of several other types of massage and uses long gliding strokes in the direction of the blood flowing back to the heart with the aim of relaxing the whole body. It is an ideal massage for releasing tension and increasing the levels of oxygen in the blood, while removing toxins and at the same time improving flexibility.

A sports massage is derived from Swedish massage and focuses on the group or groups of muscles that the athlete uses, or over-uses, in his particular sport. So a tennis player, for instance, will use different muscles from a footballer or a swimmer. Cramps and spasms are common with athletic training and the resultant pain is a sign of overworked muscles. A sports massage can help these muscles to recover more quickly.

Whatever kind of sport you engage in, a sports massage once a month is a great idea and should become part of your regimen.

Acubody therapists provide massages of many kinds and especially sports massage in London for both people who have suffered sports injuries and those who wish to have regular massages in order to keep at the peak of fitness.

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