Sports massage for Gym users
Sports massage for gym users is often recommended when you have trained hard and need to release out the muscles. But Sports massage is not limited to those with big bulging muscles. I see several clients both women and men who are doing 4-5 classes or circuits or gym sessions a week. Each gym session/ class or circuit often squat based exercises are plentiful.
When you have done these even though you may not be working with heavy weights, the repetition and frequency will make your muscles tight. Tightness in the quadriceps and hip flexors with repeated leg work such as squats will put pressure on your back. It will make it stiffer and more arched.
Lots of squats will make you stronger in your back but it can also make your back stiffer.
Finally, if you are squatting correctly then your gluteal muscles should be firing. If the gluteal muscles get stiff this can also make the back stiff.
Using the foam roller would be a way to ease the tension in those muscles are well as stretching, but if they do not improve then get a sports massage on your legs.
Sports massage therapists use specific techniques to release the muscles and help to get rid of some of those knots.
They work on deep tissue as well as MET (muscle energy techniques) which help stretch the muscle once its been released. Sometimes we only need to do this every so often but start to listen to your body to work out how frequently you need a sports massage.
We have a great Sports Massage therapist working with us and are offering a loyalty card with the 6th session for half price.
So, if you start to feel stiffness from all the training you are doing, try using the foam roller and stretching first and if it doesn’t clear up then maybe try a sports massage.