When I finish up after a day’s surfing one thing I love to do is get a massage. A massage is not only meant for feeling great. Proper massage therapy has a lot of health benefits that can help prevent injuries and soothe muscle tension allowing for a better night’s sleep. Surfing isn’t an easy sport and the potential for injury is high. The last thing you need is a muscle cramp or twisted joint that can keep you stuck on land for days while you recover.
If your still a little sceptical then look through these reasons why a regular massage is recommended after a day’s surfing
If you’re serious about your fitness then without care you may be increasing the risk of a debilitating injury. A massage can help with this by relaxing those muscles under the most strain and ensuring adequate blood flow. This is especially so if you practise other sports as well. If during a workout session or afterwards you feel any pain that doesn’t seem to go away then find a massage therapist and they can provide specialist techniques to target the affected area.
Increase recovery time
If you do a lot of surfing or combine it with a gym routine then you’re probably aware of how our muscles need sufficient recovery time between workouts to prevent muscle soreness and injury. Most personal trainers recommend giving it at least 24hrs between workouts. A regular massage can speed up this process by increasing blood circulation through the body which brings more oxygen through your blood stream while flushing out toxins
Stress gets everyone down, reducing performance and energy levels. Any serious athlete will be under a lot of stress and anxiety when performing in a competition. A massage shortly after a surf session will bring you back down to ground level so you forget any mishaps or things in the day that could have gone better.
The other added bonus of this is that you will get a better night’s sleep and thus be in a good condition to perform better the next day. It’s difficult to sleep with tensed muscles and if you’re under stress as well, even harder. Get the muscles and mind relaxed through a massage and you can expect a good night’s sleep and a better tomorrow.
It’s important to note that all of these benefits of a massage are cumulative. The more regularly you get a massage, the better the effects will be. Ideally, it would be great to get one after every surf session but depending on how often you surf this may not be an option. Try to aim for once a week or at least twice a month. They type of massage you undergo will also be important. Adam Harris in Vancouver provides specialised sports massages to bring just these benefits to you and bring out your best performance.