Why a sports massage is good for you 

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You’ve probably heard of sports massages before. After all, we regularly send you an e-mail that the masseur is coming by again in Steenwijklaan. So too on Wednesday 11 October, for which you can still sign up.

But why do we actually offer this unique service? What are its benefits? And how can you book one of those nice massages? In this blog, we are going to talk about the intricacies of the service.

First of all, a sports massage is obviously good for the muscles. After all, your muscles can get overloaded playing volleyball. Rest and a nice day in the sauna are ways to treat the strain, but a sports massage also works wonders! 

What is a sports massage?

It’s a pretty firm massage, so no you’re not relaxing in a Spa with candles, meditation music and a green tea. Of course, the massage has to do a bit more than provide relaxation. And that means that the sports massage improves the circulation of your muscles so that physical wastes are drained faster. This promotes your body’s recovery and prevents overloading your muscles. Just what we volleyball players need right? 

The characteristics of a sports massage 

Such a sports massage is characterised by performing different strokes with the aim of improving the condition of the body. And in case you have an injury? Then the masseur will try to remedy it or make sure you suffer from it as little as possible.

Those grips and other massage techniques, which I don’t know the ins and outs of but our masseur obviously does, create stimuli in the body that then trigger reactions which can initiate recovery. Do you still get it? 

Our body works as a unit so suppose physical or mental stimuli are exerted on it then your body reacts accordingly. Therefore, if an imbalance arises due to overexertion, reactions such as muscle pain, fatigue, stiffness and increased tension can occur. Sports massage can eliminate or at least reduce these reactions and is thus aimed at getting us volleyball players fit again. Sounds great, not?

Oh and by the way, those massage techniques I write about above are rubbing, kneading, shaking and patting movements. Well, let’s look at the effects of such a sports massage. 

Effects of a sports massage

As written earlier, a sports massage is good for blood flow in your body, but there are other positive effects. 

Below, we list them: 

  • It has a relaxing effect and improves your sleep. And a well-rested volleyball player naturally plays more like a champion than a tired one.
  • The massage also improves the supply and drainage of various tissue fluids, both intracellular fluid and extracellular fluid, fluid from the blood and lymphatic vessels.
  • It is good for your tissue repair and immune system.
  • It provides improved metabolism (partly due to improved blood flow).
  • And also for improved muscle function (due to improved muscle blood flow and by influencing muscle tone).
  • Obviously, it has a general impact on your well-being (feeling of strength, fatigue and deeper breathing).
  • Last but not least, it has a positive psychological effect. It makes you feel more comfortable, which is how a sports massage has a positive effect on your mood.

Now that you know (almost) all the intricacies of the sports massage profession and some of its positive effects, you probably understand why we offer these massages. But it shouldn’t stop at just offering them, of course. What a shame not to take advantage of it, right? 

Book your massage!

Fortunately, you don’t have to wait long. In fact, you can book a spot for this Wednesday 11th of October! Come to Steenwijklaan and pamper those muscles with a well-deserved and much-needed massage. Make sure that injury stays as far away as that relegation! 

And if you can’t make it on 11th of October, keep one of the other evenings (15th of November and 13th of December) free!