Massage for Tennis Players

What is Riktr PRO Massage Special Tennis Massage?

It’s a combination of Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, and Swedish Massage. Would recommend at least a 1 1/2 or a 2-hour session to get you tuned back up for the courts. Depending on your specific issues you may need more massage sessions.

If you have tennis elbow Sports massage can be very beneficial in the treatment of tennis elbow. Tennis elbow is usually a technical problem or an overuse injury. Massage flushes out the area,  deep tissue breaks down the fascia, soft tissue release and transverse techniques realign the muscle fibers.

My SPECIALTY is “On the Edge” Deep Tissue Massage. I work on a scale of 1 – 10, where 7 is on the edge and 10 is very excruciating pain. Some discomfort is necessary when receiving deep tissue massage to get results.   A lot of my clients handle the deep tissue pain or even like the deep tissue pain in order to get the quickest results for their body type. My style of Deep Tissue Massage releases the body’s natural painkillers whereby it stimulates the release of endorphins, the morphine-like substances that the body manufactures, into the brain and nervous system….kind of like a “Runners High” or a parasympathetic state “rest and digest” of mind.

Thomas C. says “This is no fru-fru spa experience-not for the weak of heart. ‘Riktr: A truly powerful experience (Highly Recommended)

What is Deep Tissue Massage and what to expect?

Deep tissue massage is a massage that is designed to get into the connective tissue of the body, rather than just the surface muscles. As a massage therapist when I perform deep tissue I use a variety of techniques to deeply penetrate the muscles and fascia, loosening them and releasing tension. Most clients have a more intense experience with a deep tissue massage, but also feel that it is more beneficial because it addresses deep-seated muscle pains. Deep tissue is beneficial when undertaken on a regular basis so that I can work together with the client to correct long term problems, relax the body, and prevent injury.

To get a truly good deep tissue massage you need to find someone who specializes in deep tissue, like Nicola.  Most spas have several massage therapists who can offer a basic deep tissue massage integrating a number of techniques and styles customized for your body for maximum impact. Experiment by trying several deep tissue massage therapists to find the one that is the right fit for you and your body.

One of the defining differences between deep tissue and regular massage is the use of tools. A standard massage usually only involves the hands and lower arms of the therapist. During deep tissue, however,  I use elbows and fingers for deep, penetrating work in the muscle. A deep tissue massage also tends to be very slow, and I will use long, flowing strokes to ease in and out of the muscle. Going in too quickly can cause the muscle to tense up, which is not the desired reaction. I also maintain firm pressure at trouble spots for several minutes to achieve muscle release before moving on to the next area of the body.

When you go to get a deep tissue massage, they should talk with the therapist about any issues you might have and like to see addressed during your massage. I am happy to concentrate on a single body part for an entire massage to achieve lasting results and in fact, half of my clients want just that! It is also important to communicate with me about pain; The massage may be intense, but if a client starts to feel pain, he or she should communicate that immediately. I work on a scale of 1 – 10, where 7 is on the edge and 10 is very painful. A lot of my clients take the deep tissue pain or even like the pain in order to get the quickest results for their body type.  At the end of the session, lots of water should be consumed to help the body express the toxins released during the massage. You will probably be sore for a few days after the intense deep tissue treatment but that’s normal. Remember that ice is your friend.

Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity, such as athletes, and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is also not uncommon for receivers of Deep Tissue Massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two. Deep tissue work varies greatly. What one calls deep tissue another will call light. When receiving deep tissue work it is important to communicate what you are feeling.

What is Sports Massage?

Sports Massage – Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. There are three contexts in which sports massage can be useful to an athlete: pre-event, post-event, and injury treatment. It’s more vigorous than a Swedish Massage.

The purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, it can help prevent those bothersome injuries that so often get in the way of performance and your athletic goals, whether one is an athlete,  or a once a week jogger.

This treatment is not just for the sports person: anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious (occupational, emotional, and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries).

Sports massage tends to be deeper and more intense. It is based on the various elements of Swedish massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response techniques similar to Acupressure and Shiatsu. A skilled therapist brings together this blend of techniques, knowledge, and advice during treatment, to work effectively with the client to bring about optimum performance and to provide injury-free training, and minimize post-event injuries.

Sports Massage is best administered 1 /1/2 hours before your event or 1 1/2 hours after your event.

What is a Swedish Massage?

Swedish Massage works the muscles by various techniques: effleurage, kneading, friction, long strokes, kneading, tapping, vibration, shaking, and percussion or tapotement... Swedish massage stimulates the whole body system thus makes it possible for the body to be rebalanced (by supporting a venous return, better blood and lymphatic circulation, the elimination of toxins, and better management of stress) and works on the level of the osseous frame.

  1. Effleurage: Gliding strokes with the palms, thumbs, and/or fingertips
  2. Petrissage: Kneading movements with the hands, thumbs, and/or fingers
  3. Friction: Circular pressures with the palms of hands, thumbs, and/or fingers
  4. Vibration: Oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the body
  5. Percussion: Brisk hacking or tapping
  6. Passive and active movements: Bending and stretching

Benefits of Swedish Massage

Swedish massage feels good, is relaxing and invigorating. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation while promoting health and well being.

Whether you’re a professional tennis player or a tennis enthusiast, you’ll know how strenuous a sport it can be. The repetitive movement and forceful impact on the joints and muscles make tennis a sport that can cause many injuries, meaning tennis players are prone to muscle tears, joint pain, and sprains. Massage therapy can help tennis players manage pain and assist in supporting active recovery and relaxation. This means that incorporating massage into your routine as a tennis player is a great way to help you show up to the court relaxed, pain-free, and focused.

Benefits of massage for tennis players

As previously mentioned, a tennis player’s body is under a lot of stress on the court. Players must run across a hard surface while performing repetitive swings with their arms. This constant movement places the body under a lot of stress, and there’s a risk of inflammation and injury when coupled with short rest times in between sets. The body parts most utilized during a tennis game and therefore most prone to injury are:

  • The shoulders/rotator cuffs
  • The ankles, feet, and calf muscles
  • The elbows and wrists
  • The back
  • The bicep muscles.

‘Tennis elbow’, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is one injury that’s common in tennis players, hence the name. The condition is caused by overuse of the elbow from the repetitive swinging motion the arms make when hitting a ball. Tennis elbow can affect a player’s game, as well as regular activities such as writing, driving, or working with weights during training. Ankle sprains are also common amongst tennis players due to the stop-start movements they use as they run across the court and change directions.

Tennis players also place a lot of emphasis on recovery between matches. In order to perform at the highest level all year round, players must maintain their bodies so they’re energized, relaxed, and pain-free for all matches. Massage can help tennis players by supporting their recovery and treating any injuries or ailments suffered while playing or training. Some of the benefits of massage therapy for tennis players include:

  • Decreased inflammation of joints
  • Improved muscle recovery
  • Prevention of muscle tightness
  • Injury prevention
  • Improved relaxation.

Types of massage to support tennis players

While various types of massage are effective for improving overall health and relaxation, there are specialized forms of massage that can benefit tennis players the most. If you’re considering massage therapy to support your tennis training, you should consider incorporating the following types of massage into your schedule.

For post-game and between matches: Whole Body Massage

Whole-body (also known as ‘full body’) massage directly after a game can help to kick-start recovery and reduce fatigue. This is due to whole-body massage’s focus on lengthening and relaxing the body’s muscles. This also can have a luxuriating effect on your state of mind, as a massage therapist trained in whole-body massage can apply firm yet gentle pressure leveraging their own body to ease muscle tension and ensure a safe experience.

For injuries: Sports massage or deep tissue massage

Sports massage can be particularly effective for athletes, including tennis players suffering from common court-related injuries such as tennis elbow. With this type of massage, the massage therapist will focus on the affected area to help relieve pain and promote flexibility. Sports massage therapy borrows techniques from fields like physiotherapy to strengthen and condition pain-afflicted areas. Deep tissue massage can also be effective in treating sports-related injuries. This technique focuses on the deep layers of muscle and connective tissues to reduce tension, support recovery, and improve healing.

For recovery: Relaxation massage

Playing tennis can leave the muscles feeling sore and swollen. Having a relaxation massage after your game can help to reduce recovery time and soothe the body and mind. Light, flowing strokes are used to align soft tissue fibers, promote blood flow, and to quieten the nervous system, relaxing the whole body. When properly relaxed, the body can perform better both on and off the court.

Get match ready with massage therapy

Scheduling a massage regularly into your training program can help keep your body in peak condition. Riktr PRO massage can assist your recovery and injury management process as a tennis player.

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