How Athletes can Benefit from Massage Therapy

In the past, the benefits of massage and how it has a positive impact on athletes hasn’t been widespread enough to use as proof. But recently, new studies backed by reputable sources are being strongly considered. Massage therapy is not just beneficial to professional athletes, but anyone who participates regularly in any kind of exercise program.

Massage therapy has been shown to improve performance, reduce pain, prevent injury, encourage focus and shorten recovery time as the nerves respond to the stimulation of a massage.

Physiological Effects
Any kind of massage has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system. It helps dilate blood vessels, promoting circulation, and encourages venous blood flow back to the heart. Once you are in a relaxed state during a massage, your heart rate lowers.

Your muscular system also benefits from massage, as the enhanced blood circulation helps relieve muscle tension, reduce soreness and encourage speedy recovery. Once the muscles are relaxed, they will experience an increase in range, motion and flexibility, resulting in improved athletic performance.

Psychological Effects
Being an athlete or an active person doesn’t just require a person to have physical strength. It also relies on the ability to focus on a task in order to perform better. Thus, the psychological effects of massage therapy are important to consider as well. These benefits include reduction of stress, tension and anxiety, as well as promotion of relaxation.

Being relaxed and having low tension means there is more room for focus, which is important to have before participating in any sport, group exercise or competition.

At Jon Ric Medical Spa and Wellness Center, we provide athletic massage for any one from professional athletes to just casual joggers. Learn more about the benefits of athletic massage by visiting us at