Pre-event massage treatments are generally short and invigorating designed to prepare the partaker for high-intensity or long-duration activities.
The main purpose of a pre-event massage is to stimulate, energise and loosen skeletal muscles without decreasing the partaker's psychological focus or causing any significant physiological changes.
As a therapist, our aim is to achieve any combination of the following benefits:
· Increase circulation, flexibility as well as mental clarity in order to improve our clients performance.
· Relax our client where excess nervousness or excitability is present.
· Stimulate the sympathetic response that will help increase the oxygen uptake at a cellular level and therefore delaying the onset of lactic acid accumulation.
· To increase muscle temperature, pliability and generally prepare our client for stretching in order to compliment their usual warm up routine.
Intra-event massages are designed to reduce the likeliness of muscle tightening and cramps.
Post-event massage can vary in length of time but are
generally used to aid recovery following any strenuous activities that have been undertaken. The purpose of the post-event massage is to help decrease muscle tone and to help restore a normal range of movement.
The delivery of a post-event massage is designed to improve circulation and aid the removal of lactic acid and other metabolic waste products from the muscles thereby promoting faster recovery after activity.
Post-event massage has also shown to:
· Reduce the stiffness and soreness associated with intense physical activities - also known as DOMS, delayed onset muscles soreness.
· Facilitate a faster return to training and/or other competitions.
· Help partakers to unwind from any mental demands they experienced before or during the event.