Written by: Jessica Saylor, LMT
If you already have a regular stretching in your fitness routine then you’re already ahead of the curve. However, have you ever thought about how you stretch?
You may be using some combination of static and dynamic stretching, but have you tried proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation or PNF stretching?
What if you could get have someone help you stretch AND get a therapeutic massage in the same session?
I know *mind-blown*
If increasing your athletic performance, range of motion, overall flexibility, while getting all the therapeutic benefits of massage sounds too good to be true – you’re in luck!
Sports Massage includes many different movements and techniques. These include effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), compression, friction, tapotement (rhythmic striking), vibration, gliding, stretching, percussion, and trigger points. The focus of this work is to increase circulation, reduce and eliminate pain, and increase range of motion in the affected area.
This manual manipulation of soft tissue often involves releasing trigger points (commonly understood as “knots”), stretching, and PNFs (proprioceptive nerve facilitation) to redirect nerve impulses in their proper direction.
PNFs is an advanced technique that uses a combination of passive stretching and isometric contractions to improve active and passive range of motion.
The combination of this integrative work can improve athletic performance, increase flexibility, and can also improve muscular strength.
Translation: You will be able to do your favorite activities with more ease and less pain. WOOP!!
Want to try the benefits for yourself?? Book here with Jessica.