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Massage - naturally!

David Hudson MFHT

Sports Massage

  • Many modern athletes consider massage an important part of their training and recovery routine. These athletes report that a sports massage helps them train more effectively, improves performance, prevents injury, and recover more quickly. Competitive and professional athletes have been some of the biggest users of sports massage.

  • Sports massage is a technique, similar to deep tissue massage, that focuses on treating aches, pain and injuries that are associated with competitive recreational activities. It can reduce muscle stiffness and improve relaxation by reducing heart rate and blood pressure.

  • While many athletes are convinced of the physical benefit of massage, research on its effectiveness is accumulating. Massage involves applying mechanical pressure to the soft tissues, this has been linked with improved muscle flexibility, decreased muscle adhesions, increased range of motion in the joints, and decreased muscle stiffness.

  • Researchers at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, reported that a deep massage after an intense workout actually causes muscles to enlarge and grow new mitochondria. Mitochondria are responsible for converting nutrients into useful energy. The deep-tissue massage actually increased the size and number of new mitochondria more than exercising without massage. Increasing mitochondria can improve endurance performance by increasing the rate that muscles can utilize oxygen.

  • The pressure of massage can also improve blood flow and increase muscle temperature. Massage reduces heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels. Most people report a feeling of relaxation, reduced anxiety, and improved mood as a result. Athletes may indeed find an edge in these psychological benefits.

  • For most athletes, enjoying less muscle stiffness and improving relaxation and well-being is reason enough to enjoy regular massage. But research continues to grow about the real physical benefits of massage. More and more athletes take advantage of this 'feel-good' training method.

  • Thirty plus years ago I trained as a Finnish Massage therapist. The techniques taught date back to the early 1900s and were used by top atheletes of the time to enhance training and performance preventing injury and allow them to perform better. My training as an Advanced Clinical Massage Therapist has finally allowed me to ligitimately reproduce the sort of massage I learned when I trained as a Finnish Massage Therapist...the focus being on enhancement.

  • Finnish Massage was first known to be used during the 1912 Olympics giving the sportmen a massive advantage especially in the field events. The legendary 'Flying Finn' Paavo Nurmi (winner of 5 gold medals in 1920 Summer Olympics) attributed his stamina and success to his training methods and regular massage.

  • The technique was based on the even older Swedish Massage, then considered part of many medical procedures and still available as such in many European countries. (In fact massage can still be prescribed in a lot of those countries) These techniques have since split up, to become more specialised current practices. In addition to a good massage Finnish Massage included a large amount of stretching, muscle testing, deep tissue work, fascia work and a good knowledge of anatomy. As Advanced Clinical Therapy training includes all of these, and more, I can now offer sports enhancement massage within my qualifications and experience.

Near Bury, Lancashire
ring David on 07754 553320
or email: enquiries@massagenaturally.co.uk