Some of the top athletes receive regular massages… but why? The benefits of sports massage have been proven to optimize your performance, allow you to have a faster recovery, increase function during training, and help to prevent injury. Massage helps achieve these experiences by improving blood and lymph circulation, breaking down adhesions or knots, increasing range of motion, and lengthening muscles and tendons.

There are 4 types of sports massage. Pre-event is utilized prior to an event within 2 hours to help stimulate and prepare muscles that are specific to the sport or activity.  Post-event is utilized shortly after an event to help normalize the body.  Maintenance massage improves function during training periods. Rehabilitative therapy is recommended to alleviate pain as well as speed recovery of injury.

The right massage technique varies on the person. A client might require more stimulating massage types like tapping, whereas another would benefit more from trigger point and deep tissue. Light strokes, commonly used for a Swedish massage, are great for rehabilitation.

Did you know that you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from sports massage? 

Anyone can benefit from a sports massage. Sports massage techniques can be implemented into any massage to receive the highest benefit.  Relaxation, relief from muscle soreness and pain, stress release, and injury rehabilitation can all be accomplished regardless of your activity level.

Jen is a licensed massage therapist specializing in deep tissue, Swedish, trigger point, Reiki and sports massage.  She has also had the experience of being as a physical therapy technician working side by side with the therapists and patients. Jen enjoys working with athletes in order to help them minimize risk of injury, improve performance, and help relieve chronic pain.  Jen is a ACSM certified personal trainer that focuses on functional movement and body mechanics she is active in triathlons, distance running, Brazilian Jiujitsu, and boxing.