Benefits Of Sports Massage For Yogis, Dancers And Gymnasts

There’s no refuting that yogis, dancers and gymnasts push their bodies to great lengths in order to achieve optimal fitness and overall wellbeing. This, however, can leave their weary physiques searching for a measure of relief.

If you’re looking for a way to help remedy the problem of a sore, fatigued athletic body, then you should consider a full body sports massage, to start. This will help address your tired, overworked muscles (especially the leg muscles in dancers and floor gymnasts), tendons and ligaments while cutting down on the possibility of injuries.

Moreover, when you receive a pre-rubdown, it helps the body warmup, and prepares the athletes for the rigors of their respective sport, both physically and psychologically.

It does this by boosting muscle tissue permeability and accelerating micro-circulation, permitting lactic acid and other metabolic wastes to seep away from your body, which facilitates enhanced muscle contractions for better workouts, competitions and performances.

When yogis, dancers and gymnasts are done with either their workout or contest routine, a post-sports massage will help them return back to action in no time.

While the aforementioned athletes usually demonstrate tremendous flexibility, there will be times when muscles develop myofascial trigger points (also known as trigger points), hyperirritable spots in the fascia surrounding skeletal muscle, causing pain and limited movement in the affected areas.

A sports massage therapist will manually manipulate the problematic region to help the muscles to release and contract better, thus improving movement and range of motion, along with overall circulation.

Many health and fitness experts believe that yogis, gymnasts and dancers can benefit from a regular program of sports massage therapy—at least once a week, and before competition—as an effective way to combat the negative consequences of heavily worked muscles.

A sports massage also can help with overall relaxation and sleep, which is a tremendous benefit to any type of athlete who is looking for ways to improve their overall performance, not to mention their quality of life.

Your body will surely show its appreciation to you for rewarding it with a sports massage, so you’re ready to dance, jump, spin and stretch like you never did before—lickety split.


Written by Jerry Del Priore for Bodono.

Jerry Del Priore has worked as a certified personal trainer, and received his degree in Physical Education from Brooklyn College in 1991. Jerry is also a veteran print and digital Sports Writer-Reporter-Author experienced in writing in-depth profile stories on a variety of high school, college and professional athletes and teams.

Additionally, Jerry has developed a presentation based on his book, Running Through Roadblocks, which encourages children to overcome obstacles and never give up…no matter what!

Specialties: Baseball, football, hockey and basketball writing. Jerry also has covered lacrosse, soccer, golf and track and field, with ample experience cover women’s sports. Jerry is also a Food Writer/Blogger experienced in venue write-ups and reviews.

In addition, Jerry has ample experience working with medically fragile children, children with behavioral challenges and children with cognitively impairments.

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