Treating stress, pain and injury.
You don’t have to be a competitive athlete to benefit from this program! Sports massage is geared towards professional athletes and weekend warriors alike to help improve sports performance, boosting flexibility, working on injuries or potential injuries. Delayed muscle soreness (24-48 hours after exercise) may be caused by a number of different factors. Some possible causes are minor muscle or connective tissue damage, local muscle spasms that reduce blood flow, or a buildup of waste products.
Trigger points or stress points may also cause muscle soreness and decreased flexibility. These points are specific spots in the muscle and tendons which cause pain when pressed, and which may radiate pain into a larger area. Heavily exercised muscles may also lose their capacity to relax, causing chronically tight (hypertonic) muscles, and loss of flexibility. Lack of flexibility is often the cause of sore muscles and predisposes you to injuries, especially muscle tears and pulls. Using a variety of strokes and techniques which will help reduce muscle tension, monitor muscle tone, reduce muscle hypertonicity, increase range of motion, improve soft tissue function, reduce swelling as well as decrease muscle stiffness and fatigue. Massage has become a necessary ingredient for a complete workout.
A sports massage treatment will depend on the goals of the individual person. Sports massage can be broken down into three categories: Pre-event massage, post-event massage and maintenance massage.
Pre-event massage is performed one to two days before an event (race, game, competition, etc.). The goal is to increase blood flow, warm and relax the muscles and stimulate circulation. This will increase the supply of nutrients and oxygen to the muscles, as well as mentally stimulate the athlete. Most of the time, the massage will consist of quick, pumping strokes. At this time, no deep tissue or specific work is done.
Post-event massage is performed one to two days after an event. The focus is to remove waste and fluids from overused areas to aid the recovery process. No specific or deep work is done during this time. Overused muscles will suffer microtrauma from sustained exercise or contact sports so the degrees of trauma will vary. Because of this, the massage is always the same for everyone aiming only to flush the muscles using lighter pressure.
Maintenance work will include regular massage work including myofascial release, trigger point therapy and deep tissue for maintenance and addressing any injuries or imbalances through massage, stretching and strengthening.
Address: 2019 Galisteo Street, H2
Santa Fe NM, 87505
Monday - Friday
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Phone: (505) 557 6140