Individuals who participate in exercise and athletic programs who seek enhanced performance, improved conditioning, faster recovery, injury prevention, and assistance in maintaining peek fitness can benefit from massage therapy given by professional massage therapists. The physical manipulation in massage has two major physical effects: Increase in blood and lymph circulation. Relaxation and normalization of the soft tissue (muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments), which releases nerves and deeper connective tissues

Research has shown that in relation to exercise and athletic participation massage can:

Reduce muscle tension

Promote relaxation

Reduce muscle hypertonicity

Increase range of motion

Improve soft tissue function

Support the recovery of heart rate variability and diastolic blood pressure after high-intensity exercise.

Decrease muscle stiffness and fatigue after exercise

Improve exercise performance

Decrease delayed onset muscle soreness

Reduce swelling

Enhance athletic performance

May help prevent injuries when massage is received regularly