This is a tool that athletes have been using for many years in order to help with mental and physical recovery. Despite the exact mechanisms of massage being up for debate, evidence will tell us it is likely to have a positive effect on:
- Stress, mood and anxiety
- Reducing muscle soreness
- Increased range of motion
It may also provide an opportunity to monitor the body’s tissues and current areas of soreness/tightness.
All of the above have potential benefits for a personal trainer to up skill in sports massage. It would give you the opportunity to get to better know your clients from a personal and physical perspective, as well as potential to improve their movement.