Sports massage is a technique that aims to maximise the athlete’s care and performance. It covers everything from injury prevention to prompt recovery following physical activity. It uses friction and rubbing techniques. It is fast and energetic. Very suitable for pilgrims or athletes.
There are three types of sports massage depending on when they are administered:
- Pre-competition Massage:
This does not replace but complements the athlete’s warm-up prior to activity, stimulating the muscles for the exercise to be performed.
- Mid-competition Massage:
This provides rest, recovery and relief in the middle of the activity to be carried out (for example, in marathons).
- Post-competition or Recovery Massage:
This provides rest for the muscles and preparation for the next stage (in the case of pilgrims, for example), as well as injury prevention and a psychological effect of relaxation.
I usually use essential oils, mainly cypress, rosemary, gaultheria or clove.
- Warms up the muscles (Pre-competition Massage).
- Relief and recovery in a brief period of time, alleviating pain (Mid-competition Massage).
- Makes joints more flexible.
- Oxygenates the muscles.
- Produces a relaxing or stimulating effect, as desired.
- Elasticises the muscles before competition.
- Provides psychological and muscular relaxation, calms anxiety and fosters a sensation of well-being.
- Prevents various injuries.
- Allows emotional release.
This massage should be avoided in cases of:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Serious vascular injuries (deep vein thrombosis)
- Irritated skin (e.g. allergies)
- Serious coronary problems
- Undergoing cancer treatments