Massage aids in recovery after exercise, and also serves as injury prevention. However, it isn't wise to simply flip through the yellow pages to find a massage therapist.
Like with most professions, there is a large discrepancy between massage therapists. Some specialize in one particular area while others are better at another type of massage. Some therapists receive rave reviews, while others never seem to get (or keep) clients. Base your choice of a massage therapist on personal referrals, and also on whether she has experience working with people who have similar needs to your own.
Athletes who strive for excellence benefit greatly from massage therapy. Massage therapy allows athletes and exercisers to train more frequently, push themselves to higher levels of performance, and recover more quickly. You'll find that you are more limber and have fewer aches and pains when you get a massage on a regular basis.
PREVENTS muscle and tendon injuries.
REDUCES the strain and discomfort of training and chronic strain patterns, allowing a quicker return to maximum training levels.
ENABLES the athlete to recover more quickly from myofascial injury with less chance of chronic problems returning.
PROVIDES psychological boosts to the athlete, consistent with his or her commitment to high performance.
ENHANCES a preventive approach to athletic training whereby soft tissues are free of trigger points and adhesions, thus contributing toward the improvement of peak neuromuscular functioning.
PRE-EVENT massage stimulates circulation, calms nervous tension, and prepares the athlete for optimal performance while reducing the chances of injury.
POST-EVENT massage relieves soreness and assists in the removal of lactic acid and other waste products.
TRAINING massage focuses on the prevention of developing chronic injuries and aids in the healing process of current ones.
Being an athlete all my life and a personal trainer by trade and passion, I know what to look for in a sports or exercise massage therapist, and the best I have found in the greater Boston area is Melissa Berry, L.M.T. Melissa Berry specializes in sports massage therapy, which means she is a good choice for those who exercise vigorously. Click here to visit her website and learn more about what massage can do for you: Benefits of Massage