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Pre-Event Massage

September 3rd, 2016

Pre-Event Massage

 

Pre-Event Massage is a good way to get started before your event.  It is usually performed a few days before the event or on the day of the event or practice.  Pre-Event massage is usually performed by a therapist the athlete is frequently acquainted with due to the knowledge the therapist has of the athletes needs. When this type of massage is administered it is not considered a substitute for a warm-up.  Time length should be only 10 to 20 minutes

with concentration on the muscles being used.  This type of massage should not be painful so deep pressure massage should be avoided.

The goal in this type of massage is that the athlete feels completely, absolutely and physically fit and capable of achieving the ultimate goal set forth.

 

Maintenance Massage

August 31st, 2016

Maintenance MassageMaintenance or preventative Massage is an important part of the Sports Massage program .  Maintenance massage is performed between events in a clinic or office setting, not at the event. The massage may last anywhere from 60, 75 to 90 minutes depending on the treatment goals the massage therapist and the athlete have set to accomplish.  The purpose of the Maintenance Massage is to find and perform massage on tension areas and also to help in preventing muscle tension or injuries that may hinder an athlete’s performance with in the massage therapist scope of practice. Other examples for the need of maintenance massage are…..

  • soreness in the muscles
  • assessment for R.O.M (range of motion)
  • minimize the negative effects resulting from long hours of training and exercise
  • decreases muscle stiffness
  • induces relaxation
  • preparedness

So, when receiving a Maintenance massage make sure you speak to your massage therapist and go over the goals that you want to accomplish during your sessions. Have the massage therapist also concentrate on the muscles and areas that will be used the most during your sporting event.

Other types of massages pertaining to Sports Massage  Pre-event massage and Post-event massage.

Post-Event Massage

August 28th, 2016

sports massage katy txWhen you reach the finish line and attain the goal you trained so hard for the next thought on your mind is to reach the Sport Massage area to have a post- event massage which will greatly improve your recovery after that sporting event.

A Sports Massage should be focused on the muscles used during the event.  Do not expect to have any deep tissue massage or Trigger Point Therapy to be applied after the event.  No painful modalities should be applied to you after your demanding event.

The benefits of post-event sports massage are…..

  • decreases muscle tension
  • reduces muscle pain
  • reduces spasms
  • increases circulation
  • improves quality and movement of the joint
  • It will also assist in sleeping
  • Improves performance by the athlete
  • recovery time is decreased
  • reduced DOMS (Delayed-Onset Muscle Sornness)

Other types of massage within the Sports Massage group is Pre-event massage and Maintenance (preventative) massage.

Can massage really help the Ironman?

August 8th, 2016

Ironman MassageAs a massage therapist, I always believe that “Massage Therapy is one of the greatest therapies you can have performed on you”.  The results are great when done right and the massage therapist addresses your complaints.  I was excited when I attended and  performed massage therapy at the Ironman Triathlon for the 2nd year.  The time spent on an athlete at the Ironman Triathlon can be from 15 to 90 minutes and the results are always positive leaving the athlete feeling amazing. In fact an article found in the pubmed.gov/National Center Biotechnology Information completed a study to determine if post massage therapy will assist in relieving muscle pain or fatigue after a sporting event.

The study was done on Ironman Triathlon athletes post event and testing the quadriceps.  Seventy-four triathlon athletes were used, which highest amount of complains were the anterior part of the quadriceps.  There were a group of athletes that had their quadriceps treated with massage and a group that were not treated  following the event.

When retested the group which was treated with massage had lower amount of pain then the group that was not treated.

In the conclusion of this experiment the results show that massage therapy at a post event race like the Ironman Triathlon was effective in relieving pain and perceived fatigue.

 

Ironman North American Championship in The Woodlands Texas

May 2nd, 2016

In 2015 I participated as a massage therapist  in the Ironman North American Championship in the Woodlands Texas.  I had a great time and was#ironman able to meet a great group of determined and energized athletes.  The weather was a little less than perfect for the Ironman North American Championship in the Woodlands Texas. but it did not discourage the participants or our great group of massage therapists.  The day of the event you can feel the excitement.  This year we will be there again to support all the elite athletes and assist them with pre-event  and post event massage.  If you are a participating athlete in the 2016 Ironman North American Championship in the Woodlands Texas. click on the link  and  make an appointment at  sportseventmassage.com

We will be there performing massages at the Ironman North American Championship in The Woodlands Texas on May 11 thru May 15, 2016 along with a great team of massage therapist.sports massage houston

For any questions you may contact Hugh Bofenkamp at the link above. When at the website click on the large blue square pertaining to event attending  then click at “click here” at the bottom of the last paragraph and it will display contact information.

Ironman 70.3 Galveston Texas

April 11th, 2016

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This past weekend was a great one.  I had the privilege to perform massages at the 2016 Ironman 70.3 in Galveston, Texas.

This will be my third consecutive year to be part of the Ironman, a great team of massage therapist and to support these elite athletes to achieve an extremely difficult  course the Ironman has of swimming, cycling and running.

My drive to Galveston is a long one from the west side of Houston but worth every minute.  I arrived in Galveston at Moody Gardens where the Ironman event takes place.  The weather was phenomenal.  It was a little too windy and when riding your bike does become a challenge that you may want to do without.  The temperature was nice and cool.   I set up my massage table beneath a tent along with other colleagues also participating i20160409_133143n performing massages in the event.  It has been a great experience in the past and I’m sure this year it will be no different.

I will be a participating massage therapist performing massages at the Ironman North American Championship in The Woodlands Texas on May 11 thru May 15, 2016 along with a great team of massage therapists.

You may book an appointment for massages prior to the event or post event for the Ironman North American Championship in the Woodlands Texas at  sportseventmassage.com

For any questions you may contact Hugh Bofenkamp at the link above. When at the website click on the large blue square pertaining to event attending  then click at “click here” at the bottom of the last paragraph and it will display contact information.

Essential Oils

October 28th, 2013

Essential OilsEssential oils can make you feel tranquil and calm while being massaged or doze off while in your massage session, ask for Lavender or Passion Flower essential oils it will assist in a peaceful sensation  and reduce your stress.  Essential oils are very useful when used in a massage or in aromatherapy.  Essential oils are natural and found in many plants or parts of plants and flowers.  The fragrance can be very strong or very light. Imagine bottling the scent of roses or gardenias in a small container and opening it and taking a faint inhalation of that scent.  Essential Oils should always be purchased in dark colored shade bottles and kept out of the sun and heat to protect them from oxidization.  Using essential oils can be a wonderful part of you massage experience that you will request repeatedly.  Always ask the licensed massage therapist to take note of the scents and the amount of the drops used so as to have the information on your next visit.

 

Massage in Houston

June 10th, 2013

massage houstonSometimes it’s difficult to find a good quality massage in Houston.  You need to research local massage businesses or ask friends about a referral.  A Massage in Houston should be located in an area close to home and the results of the massage should be what you expected in relieving stress or issues with muscle tension.  If you’re a weekend warrior, avid cyclist or runner you may need a massage therapist that can assist you in range of motion exercises and muscle tension release from the work outs.  A massage in Houston should be available to athletes after a sporting event to assist in prevention of Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).  In home massage would also be a great alternative to traveling outside of the home. A massage therapist will travel to your home and assist you in a massage that can relieve your tension and stress. Next time you are searching for a massage in Houston, consider all the options you have in finding a massage therapist that can assist you with your massage health issues.

 

This information is not meant   to replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified health care provider because of something you have read on Sports Essence.com.   Always speak with your doctor or health care professional before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your health care plan or treatment and to determine what course of therapy is right for you.