With a decade of Massage Therapy experience and being the sole owner of Cassidy's Massage Clinic since 2003, I have already been fortunate enough to build some great relationships with clients in tri-athalons as well as other sports. It has given me the ability to view the inner workings with the athletic body and mind. Although I know have already been maintaining the "recreational tri-athlete" title, I have discovered myself getting increasingly mixed up in sport. My experience has shown that this proper scheduling and design of therapeutic massage not simply decreases recovery time, but sometimes are the deciding factor from the successful season and sitting injured on the sidelines.
So how are you able to implement a suitable massage modality and schedule that matches your training?
You'll find four main forms of sport massage: pre-event, intra-event/training, post-event, and injury rehabilitation massage.
Pre-event massages are shown directly before an athletic event, or for our sake, within 3 days of a triathlon. They will be circulatory in nature; stimulating the circulation of blood, opening up/increasing your range of flexibility, and enhancing the muscles prepare to fire. Assisting at races for example the Xterras and the Koz Enterprises race Series in Hillcrest , We've also learned that mental relaxation can be another very useful part of the pre-event sports massage. It will calm the joy and nervousness linked to being at the event, permitting your stored energy to be utilized more efficiently. When you visit perform, you'll be focused. It really is absolutely critical that the therapist will not apply any deep tissue techniques, because it has a tendency to leave the muscles sore and feeling heavy, which may impair ale muscle tissue to fireside efficiently.
Intra-event/Training massage is regarded as the common form of massage for triathletes. Regular treatments, when completed by an experienced sports therapist, can eliminate any probability of chronic or over-use injuries. Unfortunately, we most often have athletes can be found in for any massage after they have previously did start to have the effects of a current injury. The medical term with this (for those who are unaware) is "not-getting-massage-at-the-right-time-itis," or, inflammation as a result of not getting a massage on the best. All joking aside, in this situation, massage will decrease time to recover and get you back on schedule.
So, when when you plan your intra-event massage? Get the pens ready since this is crucial. You ought to plan your intra-event sports massage the day before or on your own break. If you have a teacher(which is not necessary for a leisure tri-athlete), talk to him/her about implementing massage to your training schedule. However, I'm not a training expert ... only a massage expert, so it will be advisable to help someone you're feeling more comfortable with and somebody that helps you use your required results.
Post-event massage is given directly after the event, and is effective in decreasing DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), or soreness you are feeling after pushing your body for the limit. It, just like the pre-event massage, is circulatory anyway, with target the lower extremities or specific trigger points that your particular therapist finds in spasm. The decreased time to recover will allow you to come back to your training schedule sooner and more refreshed.
Injury rehabilitation massage could be the massage we all wish we will have no need for. I might much prefer working proactively than retroactively with the athlete. However, carry out contain the bodywork tools to help athletes free themselves from nagging injuries and obtain it well in training condition. For those that haven't received this type of massage, please note that such a massage doesn't feel relaxing. Injury Rehabilitation massage is usually used on the region around the injury. Please avoid this massage if possible by implementing more intra-event massage. I'll look at injury-specific massages in future posts.