More and more people are taking up sport as a way to keep healthy, and some have become as competitive as professional athletes.
As you build up your training in a sport, you can reach a point where your body can`t recover fully between sessions, which affects performance and leaves you prone to injuries. Massage keeps your muscles in top form by increasing circulation, relaxing tight muscles and speeding recovery from injuries. It can also help to reduce scar tissues from old injuries, though you should avoid massaging over a recent injury.
Before and after
You can have massage before or after training, though only light massage is recommended prior to training and deep movements should be avoided for a few days before a sports event so as not to decrease muscles performance. You should leave three days between treatments. A massage soon after training will prevent the onset of stiffness or pain and to aid removal of lactic acid from the muscles.