Sports Massage: Everything You’ve Always Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask.

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I occasionally go do a triathlon in Thailand, and when I go there, I tend to get a massage nearly every day. Some of these massages are good, but some hurt like hell and continue to hurt for a long time afterward. I'll be the first to admit that I'm probably playing with fire by popping into random massage parlours in Thailand and asking for deep muscle tissue massage at places like this.

But when done properly, sports massage works wonders for increasing sports performance and decreasing rate and risk of injury – and in my opinion, it works just as well as the right diet and proper training.

So in this video, I interview Tim Gilreath of Therapproach, and ask him how to find a sports massage therapist, what a sports massage should feel like, which muscles to target in a sports massage, and other questions you've always wanted to know but were afraid to ask about sports massage.

If you want to know more about sports massage therapy, listen to podcast episode #8, which also features Tim.

Do you have a good sports massage story? A scary one? Leave your feedback, advice, and comments for others below!

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4 thoughts on “Sports Massage: Everything You’ve Always Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask.

  1. I like that you compared sports massages to having the right diet and doing training when it comes to being an athlete. One of the things I want cross out of my bucket list someday is to be able to run in a marathon. Perhaps I should treat myself to a sports massage sometimes since I tend to be quite diligent with my workout routine.

  2. AbbyPlew says:

    I actually attended to some massage therapy as well, I sprained my ankles two months ago and availed to the therapeutic massage in an urgent care in phoenix and they do really help me recover faster. But I think the recovery period also depends on how positive you are to think that you will be okay soon enough and will be able to do what you should be doing. Also athletes really need some guidance from their therapist to be able to heal their wounds or injuries sooner.

  3. Velvet Krohl says:

    This is a great reference for me. I tried doing amateur fun runs before and I intend to do it in a regular basis. My friends mentioned a certain chiropractor in Brisbane and he can help you improve body alignment as well as revitalize the mind. Well, I don't know what to indulge myself into at the moment but a sports massage seems fairly good to me.

  4. Andy Boyer says:

    Great interview! As a massage therapist., one of the things I appreciate most about your podcast is how often you mention massage as a great tool to go along with training. I agree with 95% of the video. Particularly how individualized massage is and how a body needs to be introduced to the work and how the body will respond. I also really liked what you both said about massage not being a bandaid for poor form. I work on a lot of runners , and several of them tend to be first time marathon trainers and one of the first questions I always ask them is if they've ever had a coach to observe their running form and note if they do certain things with their bodies as the runs get longer. I do disagree with one major point, and this is mostly a philosophical disagreement. I personally believe massage should never hurt. It can be tender and a bit sore, but should never be described as painful.

    Again, great interview, and thanks for making it a point to highlight massage and it's benefits. I look forward to listening to future podcasts.

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