If you participate in winter sports, your body can benefit from sports massage therapy. Interestingly, the average skier or snowboarder, or other winter sports “athlete” is not an athlete. If you are the typical “weekend warrior”, enjoying your winter sport for fun and recreation, then your massage needs will differ from a competitive athlete’s needs.
Snow is settling on high Colorado peaks. Folks are getting anxious to play their favorite winter sports. These include skiing, snowboarding, snowshoe hiking, cross-country and telemark skiing, and others.
Your muscles on slopes.
As you start to play, your muscles react to the new challenge. New workloads can leave you sore. Sometimes you “feel the burn” as you cruise down a long trail. Sometimes the soreness is not felt for up to 3 days after strenuous activity. This type is called delayed-onset muscle soreness.
Unlike competitive athletes, soreness can have a much greater impact on the adventures of recreational athletes. If you enjoy your sports while on vacation or on random weekends, your muscles may be in different stages of conditioning throughout the winter.
Sports massage styles and your needs.
Sports massage is often misunderstood as a massage style just for competitive athletes. It is also commonly mistaken for Deep Tissue and massage of intense pressure. However, sports massage depends on the conditioning of the muscles that experience it!
Sports massage will involve firmer pressure when athletes are in training for an event, but not when the event date is approaching soon.
However, since deep bodywork is not advised when a recreational athlete has recently finished their activity, firm sports massage will be applied less often during typical winter sports!
A trained, certified sports massage therapist learns your muscles’ needs and applies techniques accordingly. If you just ripped down a half-pipe on your snowboard, and your quads and arms ache with “over-endorphinating”, then your skilled sports massage therapist will use relaxing strokes and loosening stretches. They may use gentle pressure and a slower pace.
Other styles of massage that relax muscles and loosen joints after activity include:
* Thai, also known as Thai-Yoga
* Hot stone, or “Contrast” with both hot and cold stones
* Relaxing Swedish
As you ascend to your favorite endorphin highs this winter, enjoy sports massage. The right style of sports massage can prepare your body for greater adventures!
Nina Schnipper offers sports massage therapy for athletes, weekend warriors, and non-athletes at Higher Spa & Studio in Basalt, Colorado. She specializes in pain relief and injury recovery, using fitness training and massage.
Nina is one of the Official Sports Massage team for Higher Spa & Studio, so she works with skiers, synchro-skiers, climbers, and other athletes throughout the Aspen valley and Colorado Rockies.
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