whats the best type of massage?

I start football camp aug 5 and wanted to go out the weekend before and get a nice massage before going of to football which type should i look for for the best recovery. thanks

A regularly scheduled one!

Not to be smart but - p.23 - eBook 2002 Forum Review.
(was reading it last night)!!

Show us you options first, then let people help decide.

I prefer topless / free :smiley:

You stilll out there? If so think about this. You wouldn’t take a ferrari into the shop to get it worked on by a mechanic with one tool and you wouldn’t try to peel a tomato with a butcher knife. With that in mind you wouldn’t want to recieve therapy from a therapist that only had one instrument at his disposal. If you are still weighing your options try and find a therapist that is well versed and experienced in a variety of techniques so he/she can best diagnose and address your own personal needs.

You might want to narrow that down a little. You might get a fright!

:smiley: - lol - ur right Charlie -
my mate Chopper had a massage in Yugoslavia on a ski trip once -huuuuuge slav women with beards like Jeff Capes -
he said it was like getting beaten up - strangely he said he enjoyed it


BINGO, spoken like a man that trains…

If an athlete were to get a recovery/regeneration/Swedish type of massage from someone “learning on the fly” from books and videos rather than getting a massage from a professional, is this worse for the athlete than doing no massage at all?

I ask because I see many coaches on this site learn to do massage themselves; so apparently it is doable. This makes the cost of professionals seem a bit much. If a professional IS necessary though, the benefits of massage might deem this cost more palatable. I would just like to hear opinions.

From what I’ve read it seems that chronic injuries and a need for deep tissue work should always be dealt with by a professional.

What are people’s thoughts on this?

I’ve been a personal trainer for years and have quite a few friends that do massage/ART. They’ve shown me a few things. I tend to do a little bit on them to show how quickly you can get relief, but insist then go and get it done properly.

If someone has a little kink they just got while doing a lift, I might work on them for 5 mins and they feel much better pretty much every time. If it continues then they need to see someone.

We get a lot of distance runners at our gym, so we’re always trying to fix them. We have foam rollers and they use them on their quads and hips and find if they are consistant they can get relief.

I think massage is super important especially if the client is pushing themself harder than normal or the frequency/volume of training is higher than normal.

Although it can be expensive, I believe it’s well worth it for the maintenance of strength and the prevention of injury. Especially if you’re trying out for a team.

I have a guy that works on me for free because I send him probably 1/3 of his business. He’s very good in the Chinese accupressure but he was also going to medical school (long story) and so he’s got tremendous knowledge of the body to go with it. I can confidently say that everyone I’ve sent to him has been happy. Not 1 complaint.

Next door to my studio is a chiro, massage and accupuncture. http://www.woodgrovepinesclinic.com/index.html

I’ll go see her if I really need an adjustment, but rely 90% on the massage because you can get cracked all you want but if you’re muscles are super tight and pulling you out of whack, you can get adjusted all you want and they’ll pull them back out. Works great for most Chiro’s because it keeps them in business.

I’ve never been to accupuncture but my boss went recently because of his upper trap and he had great relief.

The thing is this.

If you’re not balanced as far as your body goes, you’re always going to be seeking out someone to fix you. Sometimes it just takes time to get yourself to where everything is doing what it’s supposed to be.

Blah, Blah, Blah.

So in conclusion… Lol.

I’d go see someone who does ART/Accupressure “some are better than others, just like anything” first and also use the rollers for additional regen also. You can have epson salt baths as well to pull toxins/waste products.

Hope this helps and good luck at camp.

I think swedish massage is much better than doing nothing at all. For a beginner therapist, communication with the ‘patient’ is very important (what areas are sore? how much pressure do you want?). As the therapist gains more experience they can feel the problem areas.

I wouldn’t let a beginner do any super-deep work but other than that it should be all good.

It also helps if the person has a good understanding of anatomical structures. The best book I have found for this is Trail Guide to the Body. It is invaluable to anyone trying to learn massage especially if they’re learning on their own.