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What To Do Before Your Sports Massage?

What To Do Before Your IMMERSE Massage Portland Sports Massage

Key Takeaways:

Why Prepare for Your Sports Massage?

Sports massages are not just for athletes. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or someone looking to relieve tension, a sports massage can be a game-changer. But to truly reap its benefits, preparation is key. At IMMERSE Modern Massage in Portland, Oregon, we believe in helping you be the best version of yourself, body and mind. And that starts even before you step into our studio.

Understanding the Sports Massage

A sports massage is designed to address the specific needs of athletes and those with active lifestyles. It can help with recovery, improve flexibility, and even enhance performance. But like any therapeutic intervention, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it.

Watch this video to get a glimpse of what a deeper sports massage looks like.

Steps to Prepare for Your Sports Massage Session

1. Hydrate

Drink plenty of water before your appointment. Hydrated muscles are easier to manipulate, leading to a more effective massage. Plus, it helps flush out toxins post-massage.

2. Wear Comfortable Clothing

While you’ll likely be undressing for your massage, wearing loose, comfortable clothing makes the process smoother. It also helps if you need to demonstrate any areas of pain obvious discomfort or tension to your massage therapist.

3. Avoid Heavy Meals

Try not to eat a heavy meal at least an hour before your session. A full stomach can make lying down uncomfortable and might even lead to nausea.

4. Communicate with Your Therapist

Your sports massage therapist is there to help. Don’t hesitate to communicate any concerns, pain points, or areas you’d like them to focus on. Remember, too much pressure can lead to a much more painful massage afterwards. It’s all about finding the right balance.

Learn more about the benefits of sports and massage therapy here.

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The IMMERSE Modern Massage Difference

At IMMERSE Modern Massage in Portland, Oregon, our mission is to relieve the stress, tension, and pain that degrade your quality of life. Our team of skilled massage therapists is dedicated to providing a unique experience tailored to your needs.

Why Choose Us?

  • Expertise: Our sports massage therapists are trained in various techniques, ensuring you get the best treatment.

  • Location: Conveniently located in Portland, Oregon, we’re here to serve our local community.

  • Holistic Approach: We believe in treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. Our approach is rooted in understanding and addressing the underlying causes of your pain and tension.

Discover more about our services and how we can help you.

The Science Behind Sports Massage

Sports massage is more than just a luxury; it’s backed by science. Research has shown that while sports massage may not directly improve performance, it can enhance flexibility and reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). This means faster recovery and getting back to doing what you love sooner.

Read the full study on the effects of sports and massage therapy here.

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Understanding the Importance of Preparation

When you’re gearing up for a sports massage, preparation is more than just a step; it’s a journey. The steps you take before your session can significantly impact the effectiveness of the massage. Let’s delve deeper into what you should and what to do before a first sports massage session now.

Choosing the Right Sports Massage Therapist

Not all massages are created equal. The expertise of your sports massage therapist plays a pivotal role in the outcome of your session. At IMMERSE Modern Massage in Portland, Oregon, our massage therapists are trained to understand the intricacies of muscle deep tissue massage, ensuring you get the most out of your session.

Watch this insightful video to understand the techniques used in therapeutic massage by professional sports massage therapists.

Mind Your Meal: Pre-Appointment Meal Light

The last thing you want during a massage is feeling bloated or uncomfortable. Keep your pre-appointment meal light. This ensures that you can fully relax during your session without any digestive discomforts.

Boosting Blood Flow: Consider Sports Drinks

Hydration is key, but sometimes water might not be enough, especially if you’ve had an intense workout. Consider sipping on sports drinks that can replenish lost electrolytes and prepare your upper body for the massage, enhancing blood flow to muscle tissue.

Deep Tissue Massage and Scar Tissue

For those with old injuries or chronic pain, a deep tissue work can be beneficial. This technique focuses on deeper layers of muscle tissue, breaking down scar, soft tissue, and adhesions that can cause pain and restrict movement. However, it’s essential to communicate with your massage therapist about any pain or discomfort during the session. A more painful massage or deep tissue work isn’t necessarily a more effective one.

Post-Event Massages: Timing is Everything

If you’re considering a massage post-event or after an intense workout, timing is crucial. A post-event massage can help reduce muscle soreness, improve blood flow, and speed up recovery. However, it’s best to wait at least 24 hours after intense activity to allow your body to start its natural recovery process.

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The Magic Potion: Fruit Juices and Hydration

Ever thought of fruit juices as a pre-massage elixir? Well, think again! Sipping adequate amounts of water and natural fruit juices before your massage can be a game-changer. Not only does it keep your muscles hydrated, but it also ensures they’re pliable and ready for the therapist’s magic touch. Remember, a well-hydrated muscle responds better to treatment.

  • Stay Hydrated: It’s not just about quenching your thirst. Hydration ensures your muscles are in prime condition for the massage.

  • Natural Juices: Opt for juices without added sugars. They provide essential vitamins that can aid in recovery.

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Dress for Success: Comfortable Clothes for the Win

Walking into IMMERSE Modern Massage? Make sure you’re dressed in comfortable clothes. Think loose t-shirts or tank tops and soft pants. You might be thinking, “But I’ll be lying face down on a massage table, right?” True, but starting off relaxed can set the tone for the entire session. Plus, if you’re wearing a t-shirt or tank top, it’s easier for the therapist to work on areas like your shoulders and upper back if needed.

  • T-Shirt and Tank Top: These are ideal as they’re non-restrictive.

  • Avoid a Full Belly: Wearing tight clothes or having a full belly can make lying face down uncomfortable.

Speak Up: Let Your Therapist Know

Your therapist is a trained professional, skilled in different techniques to help you achieve a new body feeling. But they’re not mind readers. If you have an injury, specific pain points, or areas you’d like them to avoid or focus their treatments on, let your therapist know. Communication is key to ensuring you get the most out of your treatment.

  • Pain Points: Highlight areas of pain or tension.

  • Preferences: Some people prefer specific techniques or pressure levels. Don’t hesitate to voice your preferences.

Dive Deep: Understanding the Techniques

At IMMERSE Modern Massage, our therapists use a variety of different techniques tailored to your needs. From deeper work to more gentle approaches, the goal is to relieve stress, address pain, and improve performance. Each session is a journey, and our therapists are here to guide you, ensuring you leave feeling better than when you walked in.

  • Muscle Work: Targeting specific muscles to relieve tension and pain.

  • Specific Techniques: Each technique has its benefits, from relaxation to injury recovery.

Post-Massage Care: The Road to Recovery

The journey doesn’t end when you get off the massage table. Post-massage care is crucial to ensure the benefits of the treatment last. Stay hydrated, avoid strenuous activities immediately after, and give your body the rest it deserves. After all, each session at IMMERSE Modern Massage is a step towards a stress-free, pain-free you.

  • Stay Hydrated: Drinking adequate amounts of water post-massage helps flush out toxins.

  • Rest: Allow your body to recover and soak in the benefits of the treatment.

FAQ: Prepping for Your Sports Massage at IMMERSE Modern Massage

1. What not to do before a sports massage?

Before your sports massage at IMMERSE Modern Massage in Portland, Oregon, avoid intense physical activity, refrain from consuming alcohol, and ensure you don’t eat a heavy meal. This ensures your upper body part is in the best condition to receive the therapeutic massage, and benefit from it.

2. What do I need to know before a sports massage?

Knowledge is power! Understand that a sports massage is designed to alleviate muscle tension, improve range of motion, and aid recovery. Remember, there’s a fine line between therapeutic pressure and too much pressure and discomfort.

3. What to expect from a top sports massage therapist?

Expect a combination of different techniques targeting your nervous system and soft tissues. The therapist’ goal is to enhance your body systems’ function, increase blood flow, and flush out lactic acid. At IMMERSE Modern Massage, our therapists ensure a balance between effective treatment and relaxation.

4. Do I have to take my clothes off for a sports massage?

While many people opt to wear loose clothing and undress to their comfort level, it’s not mandatory. Wearing loose clothing can be beneficial, especially if you’d like the therapist to demonstrate specific stretches or techniques.

5. How can sports massage improve my training sessions?

Sports massage can be a game-changer for athletes and fitness enthusiasts. By reducing muscle tension, improving range of motion, and aiding in recovery, you can get back to your training sessions faster and with more vigor. Plus, the psychological benefits of feeling relaxed and rejuvenated can’t be underestimated!

6. How often should I get a sports massage?

The frequency of sports massages depends on your physical activity level and specific needs. Some athletes benefit from weekly sessions, especially during intense training periods, while others find a massage every few weeks sufficient.

7. Why is hydration important before and after a sports massage?

Drinking plenty of water before your massage ensures that your muscles are hydrated, making them more pliable. Post-massage, hydration aids in flushing out toxins and lactic acid that have been released during the session. So, always remember to drink plenty!


Author: Mason Palmer

Founder / Massage Therapist

IMMERSE Modern Massage

Mason is a master massage therapist in Portland, Oregon, with over 10,000 hours of hands on work. His expertise in deep tissue anatomy, myofascial release, and trauma-informed somatic therapy. He is also a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and has received Reiki Master level training from three different schools. Mason has explored various healing practices, including Mindfulness Meditation, Personal Training, Yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine, for over a decade. He is the author of “Energy Healing, One Truth Many Teachers” and is known for his proven track record for creating plans of care for his clients to overcome pain and discomfort in their body, and to make sure that pain doesn’t come back.

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  • Avatar Jordan Cohen ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Wow! Walking into Immerse Modern Massage, my entire body immediately relaxed right at the front door. The aromatherapy is so intoxicating and soothing, and the ambiance is very nice. Walking into the treatment room was even better. They … More really did such a good job with the place! Not to mention the massage table! Omg, it felt so incredible to be sandwiched in between healing frequencies, warmth, and high vibrations. I can’t wait to go back!!! I was impressed to say the least.
  • Avatar adria mooney ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Entering the space I immediately felt calm, the lighting and ambiance was perfect for relaxing. The warmth, low light and wooden ceiling made me feel like I was in a sauna. Mason greeted me and made me feel comfortable as we entered the … More massage room. The bed was heated, with weighted blanket and calming music vibrated the entire bed. I melted away as mason massaged my whole body, taking care to leave me mostly covered under the warm blanket the entire time. He also used heated towels and a wonderful essential oil blend. I felt truly relaxed and my whole body vibrated with warmth and comfort. Would definitely come back again!
  • Avatar Tracy A ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Such a lovely experience from beginning to end. The lobby was beautifully decorated with plants, and Mason greeted me with such warmth. The table vibrates with music and is so comfortable and warm. The weighted blankets helped me feel so … More cozy and relaxed. The technique and grounded presence Mason offers is excellent. I especially enjoyed the warm scented towel on my face and neck at the end of the massage. So rejuvenating and relaxing. I felt calm and peaceful. Wholeheartedly recommend!
  • Avatar Olivia Guethling ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Mason is awesome! I just had an amazing massage experience and loved it. He attentively addressed the tension spots in my body and worked through them. The massage table vibrates synced up to the meditative music which was sooo relaxing … More and helped me be super dropped into the moment. The weighted blanket and the warm scented towels were another highlight. Highly recommend. Thank you, Mason!
  • Avatar Kelsey Koll ★★★★★ a year ago
    Wow! My massage with Mason was healing on so many levels! He addressed the spots of tension and diligently worked to remind my muscles that it’s okay to relax. He was very attentive to my needs and comfort.
    Immerse is definitely an appropriate
    … More name for this space as you are enveloped in delightfully warm infrared heat (through amethyst crystals!), the soothing sounds of a waterfall, and a sound bath of vibrations coming directly from the table!
    The thoughtful intention put in to making Immerse Modern Massage the healing environment that is it is apparent and very much appreciated!

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