Relax with Massage? It’s way more than that!

Do you know that in the first Olympic Games back in 776 BC, athletes were already receiving massage therapies before, in-between and after their games? Massage therapy then become an official medical service in the 1996 Olympics. Today, there are more 5,000 massages given to athletes at every Olympic Games.

For a global sporting event to recognize the health benefits of massage, no one should think by now that massage is only for relaxation. In fact, massage is more than just easing your aches and making you feel relaxed! It is an important therapeutic and preventive health service, more so for people who do Sports often.

What is that so?

Because Massage can Treat, Heal and Prevent
Massage uses friction, pressure and compression kneading to increase blood circulation and warm up the muscles for your daily stretch and pull. Massage calms down the nervous system and restores blood flow to relieve muscular tensions and soreness. This means that you can speed up recovery from muscle soreness and reduce risk of future injuries with consistent massage therapies. Massages also help to build up your body’s immunity system and improve overall well-being.

Health benefits of massages:

  • Relieves aches and pain from muscle tensions
  • Increases blood circulation and lymphatic drainage
  • Improves flexibility and joint mobility
  • Helps to achieve peak performance
  • Lowers blood pressure and heart rate
  • Speeds up recovery from muscle soreness and injuries
  • Reduces risk of injuries
  • Builds up immunity and improves well-being

How can I judge if a massage is truly therapeutic?

Real Therapeutic Massage can Reduce Pain caused by Trigger Points
Trigger points are specific spots of highly contract muscle fibres that cause pain and stiffness somewhere else in the body. They often affect the functionality and performance of the muscle where they are located and can even spread pain to adjacent areas.

Trigger points are formed due to:

  • Physical or psychological stress
  • Lack of sufficient sleep
  • Environment and weather change
  • Illness and poor immunity
  • Poor or unhealthy diet
  • Unusual exercises

Massages that incorporate Trigger Point Therapy aim to reduce the referred pain caused by trigger points and restore the full functionality of the muscle where the trigger points are found. The trigger point massage technique utilizes a continuous cycle of direct pressure and release at trigger points to stretch the contracted muscle fibres and enable oxygen and nutrients to flow to that spot. This releases the tensed muscles knots to alleviate aching and prevent the trigger point from forming again.

Tip! Look for Trigger Point Therapy if you are feeling spots of pain at several areas.

Real Therapeutic Massage Targets at a Deeper Level
A good therapeutic massage uses the Deep Tissue technique to work through the body’s connective tissue and muscles layer by layer with greater pressure concentrated at the specific problem areas. This massage technique loosens the body layers in order to reach the deepest layers of fascia where the pain occurs to release adhesions and muscle contractures.

Deep tissue massage can effectively treat:

  • Fibromyalgia and muscle tensions
  • Chronic pain such as stiff necks, lower back aches and sore shoulders
  • Sports injuries
  • Poor posture
  • Osteoarthritis pain

Tip! Ask your therapist to employ the Deep Tissue technique for a more effective massage.

Next time, do not just think of massage when your body is aching, make massage your regular wellness activity. Olympics has shown how massage should be an integral part of your sporting routine.

What do Elements Wellness Group offer?

Deep Tissue Sports Massage
Our extensive experience in the massage industry has taught has to incorporate the best techniques that our clients and athletes love. Our Deep Tissue Sports Massage integrates both the Trigger Point Therapy and the Deep Tissue techniques as the core of the treatment. Thus, we are able to identify the exact pain location and intensity to provide an effective therapeutic massage session for you.

On top of that, our therapists are trained to customize the treatment and expertly treat your problem areas to provide relief from muscle aches. We perform real deep tissue massages that melt and loosen the body before accessing the deeper structures to treat muscle aches. We do not just press harder which can cause unnecessary pain and further tension.