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How massage can improve your sports performance

How massage can improve your sports performance

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Whether you’re an athlete or simply enjoy sports as a hobby, massage therapy is a great way to help reach your goals. If the likes of Mo Farah, Usain Bolt and Jessica Ennis-Hill all swear by massage to maximise their potential, then why not take their lead?

There are so many different types of massage that can help you prepare and recover – nope, sports massage isn’t the only option out there! Read on to find out which to go for and how the Urban app can bring the massage to you at home. 

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For weightlifting and heavy training, a deep tissue massage can ease DOMS and muscle tension

If your training routine revolves heavily around weights, you might notice stiff, sore muscles a couple of days after your session. Heavy lifting and repetitive movement can also lead to tight trigger points, known as knots, which are painful to touch but massage is brilliant at releasing them.

In a deep tissue massage with Urban, your therapist will use trigger point therapy to untangle these tight spots to ease your muscles. It uses stronger pressure than other types of massage to work deeper into the muscle and improve your movement. 

This is great for sports recovery and getting into a good schedule will help fight any soreness before it arrives, so you don’t have to miss out on future gym sessions. A good therapist will make this a relaxing experience, too – you shouldn’t be wincing through it.

How deep tissue massage helps with sport performance:

  • Quicker recovery, so you won’t be missing any training sessions
  • Frees up movement, so you can make the most of your training
  • Works out knots and tension, to get you back to your best
  • Targets specific areas of concern, to avoid further injury

Read more: How to reduce DOMS

For runners, cyclists and regular gym-goers, get a massage that includes stretching

If you hit the gym several times a week or you’re an avid runner or cyclist, stretching should be the jam to your scone. If not, or if you’d like to elevate your stretching routine, we highly recommend booking a Thai yoga massage – it’s the perfect combination of a relaxing massage and a deep stretch, guided by a professional, all in the comfort of your living room. 

During a traditional Thai yoga massage, your therapist will target acupressure points using their thumbs, elbows, forearms and feet, as well as…

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