How Can I Beat the Competition in My First 10k Run?

By Happiful,
updated on Apr 19, 2017

How Can I Beat the Competition in My First 10k Run?

The powerful effect sports therapy can have on your performance

Whether you play sports or enjoy working out at the gym, investing in sports massage is a crucial part of your kit and not just for helping with injuries. The treatment helps your body maintain a higher level of condition, assists with repairing muscle tissue, boosts performance and can extend the overall length of your sporting career. Some of the benefits in more detail are:

Fuel efficiency:

Deep tissue massage opens the pores in tissue membranes, allowing for the removal of waste products such as lactic acid, while increasing the intake of oxygen to help muscles recover more quickly.

Muscle workout:

Massage stretches tissues that aren’t normally reached. Treatments also stretch the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle, releasing any tension or build up of pressure.

Breaking down obstacles:

Scar tissue from previous injuries can affect muscles, tendons and ligaments, and lead to inflexible tissues more prone to injury and pain. Sports therapies work to remove this.

Attention to detail:

Exercise increases blood flow to tissues, but therapies such as sports massages can also open smaller vessels and capillaries, enabling blood and nutrients to pass through more easily.

Caroline Jones

Pain reduction:

The build-up of tension and waste products in muscles causes pain. Sports treatments can expel waste, relieve tension and trigger the release of feel-good endorphins.

Winning mentality:

Pain and tension put the body under stress, creating harmful levels of adrenalin, and brain chemicals that trigger anxiety and negativity. The reduction in blood pressure, heart rate and muscle tension delivered through treatments can alter the brain chemistry, boosting positivity and focus.

Read the full article on Therapy Directory.
Written by Caroline Jones, founder of the Zen Ten Spa.

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