Why Massage is so Important for Athletes (plus a Deep Recovery Massage Track Giveaway)

When you work out, it’s not the exercises, or the weights, or the effort that makes you stronger. In fact, what you’re doing when you’re strength training, or going on a long run, is breaking your muscles down. You’re causing micro tears in your muscle fibers. Sounds awful, right? Well, the good news is that it’s when you’re resting after your workout, your body is hard at work repairing your muscles…and when your body focuses on those torn muscle fibers, it actually builds them back up stronger. That means the next time you lift the same weights, or run the same distance, your muscles have grown stronger to adapt to the effort. 

Why Massage is so Important for Athletes (plus a Deep Recovery Massage Track Giveaway)

How to make recovery as beneficial as possible:

  • Eat a snack with carbohydrates and protein within 30 minutes of the end of your workout
  • Rehydrate! Keep drinking water after your workout is done
  • Foam rolling, self-myofascial release* and stretching all assist with recovery
  • Adequate rest – don’t skimp on sleep after your workout, sleep is the prime time when your body is repairing itself

What is *self-myofascial release? Simply put, it’s self massage, usually with tools such as foam rollers, balls, massage sticks etc, in order to manipulate the fascia – the ‘skin’ that surrounds your muscles – to break up any adhesions or tight spots.

The day after your workout:

  • Light cardio and keeping yourself moving can help to alleviate DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness)
  • Self-myofascial release
  • And ideally, a sports massage from a massage therapist

Why is self-myofascial release and massage so important for athletes?

Massage and soft tissue manipulation like self-myofascial release increase circulation and oxygenated blood flow to your muscles – this allows nutrients in your blood to flow through your muscles easily, and helps reduce inflammation in your muscles.

Massage also helps your range of motion and flexibility, by breaking up tight spots and adhesions on your fascia. This is important not just for recovery, but for injury prevention. Any kind of limitation in your range of motion can lead to you (usually subconsciously ) making compensations in other areas of your body the next time you are working out.

Finally, massage and self massage can assist in relaxation, including better sleep (so important for muscle recovery) and feeling less sore after your workout. While sports massage or using self-myofascial tools might hurt like crazy while it’s happening, you will feel less sore the next day.

 

So, now you know you need massage and self-myofascial release in order to get stronger, stay injury-free and be less sore after your workout. That’s where this AWESOME giveaway I have comes in! Deep Recovery reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in trying their Massage Track kit, to see if it was beneficial for self-care after working out. I checked out their website (specifically their video guides on use of the kit) and immediately knew it would be a great tool for me.

Everyone holds their tension in different spots and for me, it is the jaw. That’s always what I find is clenched tight when I’m in a yoga class and asked to ‘check in’ with my body. I grind my teeth in my sleep when I’m stressed and often find myself massaging my jaw when I’m feeling tense. It’s not like a foam roller can really do anything for your jaw, right? Well, check out what the Massage Track can do:

Why Massage is so Important for Athletes (plus a Deep Recovery Massage Track Giveaway)

Game changer.

If you’ve ever used tennis balls or lacrosse balls to try to roll out or massage areas, you know the real issue is trying to keep them from rolling around everywhere. The founder of Deep Recovery, Eric, came up with the Massage Track base to keep the balls from rolling around when using them of truly every part of your body. 

Eric developed the Massage Track kit after suffering a back injury which severely limited his movement and well-being. While professional sports massage helped, he quickly found it too expensive to maintain on a regular basis, so he started experimenting with self-myofascial release to alleviate his pain. Once he had the prototype for the Massage Track made, he saw immediate improvements in his injury and pain levels, with daily use. This is a product created out of necessity, tested and refined by an everyday athlete just like me and you. It retails for $125, which is about the cost of a professional massage. 

But – Deep Recovery has generously offered a Massage Track kit for one of you lucky readers! Scroll down to the end of the post and you can enter to win your own kit, using the Rafflecopter.

Now, check out all the ways you can use the Massage Track for recovery (p.s. you can also use it on your arms, chest and abs, not pictured). The kit comes with a neck track, a body track and 4 sets of  2 massage balls. Each set of balls is a different firmness, so you can switch it up depending on how much intensity you need for each area. The idea, just like foam rolling, is to find the ‘trigger point’ and hold your weight on the balls for at least 10 – 15 seconds to help break up the area.

You can use the body track for glutes and IT Band:

Why Massage is so Important for Athletes (plus a Deep Recovery Massage Track Giveaway)

This is the neck track (also pictured above in the jaw photo), with softer balls for your more delicate neck area:

Why Massage is so Important for Athletes (plus a Deep Recovery Massage Track Giveaway)

Using the body track is particularly great for the shins and calves, both areas often neglected (and apt to injury like shin splints) for runners. I swear, I could use this on my shins all day long, it feels amazing afterward:

Why Massage is so Important for Athletes (plus a Deep Recovery Massage Track Giveaway)

Your shoulders and back can be targeted with the body Massage Track base – just make sure the balls are not directly touching your spine. The body track has 4 columns, so you can select the right width for you. Changing the position of your arms acts to intensify or shift the focus of the massage.

Why Massage is so Important for Athletes (plus a Deep Recovery Massage Track Giveaway)

You can even use the kit for your feet – either using one ball, or using two balls on narrow tracks to get a massage on both sides of the sole of your foot.

Why Massage is so Important for Athletes (plus a Deep Recovery Massage Track Giveaway)

Enter via Rafflecopter below – leave me a comment on this post for what area you most need to work on for recovery from your workout (for guaranteed entry), then you can get additional entries by following Deep Recovery on their social media channels (also listed below).

Good luck! Entries close 11:59pm Wednesday, March 8. The winning entry must have a US shipping address. Deep Recovery will ship the Massage Track kit (retail value of $125) directly to the winner.

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Comments

  1. I wish I could say “I am great with the self massage but I need to make traditional massage more of a priority” but I suck with both of them. I do believe suck is the technical term šŸ™‚
    I know I need to get better. I’m planning a 20 miler right now and need to commit to a traditional massage after that and foam rolling etc immediately after that
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  2. Michelle Coleman says:

    For me lately it has been my calf muscles. They are tight and they are wrecking havoc on every other part of my body. I also need to get in for my routine massage and chiro appointments. I have been so busy lately with my kiddo and my job that I just haven’t made the time to schedule them and my body can tell. With ultra number 3 coming up, I need to take better care of my body! I will say I am doing a better job of foam rolling this training cycle but not good enough!

  3. Rachel Soper says:

    My calves!!!!! And my IT bands. And my piriformis. And my hips. And glutes. And hamstrings. But you said one area. So pretend like I only said calves.

  4. I definitely need to work on my IT-band, especially my injured one – I’ve been foam rolling but the big roller doesn’t seem to be doing the trick!

    P.S. The Rafflecopter widget isn’t showing up for me…am I still entered with this comment? šŸ™‚
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  5. Arlinda says:

    I need to focus on my shoulders and neck. When I lift weights the tension has been making my shoulders and neck ache

  6. Karenann says:

    I have a terrible problem with my back and neck (due to spinal stenosis and some herniated disks). This looks like something that would really be helpful for me! Thank you for the awesome giveaway opportunity!

  7. At 29 weeks pregnant, everything hurts! I would have to say my feet and back are an ongoing battle.

  8. Jeffrey says:

    I run a lot of miles so my legs can always use a little assistance recovering. Compression and stretching is my normal recovery routine along with easy rides on a stationary bike.

  9. Kelly M. says:

    I clench my jaw terribly, so I would LOVE to try the jaw massager!

  10. Josh Fencer says:

    Looks awesome. I think this would work great to help my legs after running and biking for a long time.

  11. Anne-Marie Tvete says:

    I need to focus on my shoulder and neck area the most. I have tried the tennis ball thing but like you said they don’t stay in place and roll all over the place.

  12. I need to focus on my upper back. I have scoliosis and have had pain in this area of many many years.

  13. Nikki Fahey says:

    I have lots of issues. i think that the hip area feels the best when rolling..

  14. I need to focus the most on my calves and back.

  15. Rajee Pandi says:

    back and butt

  16. Dee Johnson says:

    Definitely, my lower back.

  17. I am terrible at recovery… Need to concentrate more on my upper body strength.

  18. Jenny Ham says:

    My back mostly

  19. Yeah! massage relaxes your muscles from strain and of course our mind. šŸ˜€

  20. Reading this article has taught me a lot about massages. It was interesting to learn that these type of massages can help to increase flexibility within your shoulder. I hope this article can help me to avoid pulls and strains in the future.

  21. Enjoyed reading your article. Addition to my knowledge.

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