Basketball is an excellent way to stay in shape, develop sportsmanship and athleticism, as well as actively involve yourself in your community. Being very active in basketball or any sport can wreak havoc on the body. Whether you faced with a common injury or really tight and over worked muscles running around a court may require a little body love and awareness.
As the body engages itself to perform specific movements, the muscles contract. This constant contraction is what helps to develop the muscles and strengthen them specific to certain movements. This constant contraction is what also make them tight and even ache.
Regular massage will not only help alleviate muscle fatigue and tightness, but also help improve athletic performance.
“There are many massage styles to choose from”, says Kingysa, a deep tissue massage therapist in Fort Collins, CO and owner of Sanctuary Spa.
We asked him what massage style is best for athletes, specifically basketball players.
He said that a sports focused massage and deep tissue massage are usually the best options for athlete. Sports massage uses a variety of techniques and style to address the issues at hand. Being the muscles are constantly activated when playing sports, this massage style aides in getting the muscles to respond and relax to create space for better range of motion and movement.
Deep tissue massage works deeply into the tissues of the muscles. When a muscle is used to being tight, the depth of pressure and strokes can help to release the muscle. Deep tissue focuses on using slow, long, deep strokes to alleviate tension, stress and fatigue.
When choosing a massage therapist, Kingysa recommends asking what areas of massage they specialize. If you need a specific style, such as a sports massage or deep tissue, then he suggests that the therapist has expertise in that area. As you build a relationship with your massage therapist they will begin to learn your body and the way that it responds to bodywork.
Massage offers more than just tension and stress release. Massage will also aid in improved blood flow and range of motion. Our blood carries the necessary oxygen and nutrients to tissues, muscles and organs of the body. Increase blood flow improves the amount of oxygen and nutrients the body receives. Oxygen and nutrients are essential parts of overall health and healthy body functions.
If you have sports basketball injuries, massage can also help with soft tissue strains and injuries.
Massage truly offers a wide range of benefits. There is not a one size fits all style. A trained and professional therapist will offer their expertise in helping you to find the best massage style to fit your lifestyle and body needs.
Enjoy the game and the recovery!