How does Pilates and Sport massage co-create?
There are many ways Pilates and Massage can work together.
Pilates engages the mind
and body in a way that could provide improved movement and overall health.
Through using the body, mats and special equipment, Pilates can ensure posture
improvement, muscle stabilization, overall flexibility, balance, as well as
relaxation to only name a few. Pilates hits your core unlike any other workout! When the body is equipped with good core strength, movement is more efficient,
and the body is better protected against injury. Attention to core support,
correct body alignment and full body fitness, provide a level of integrative
fitness that makes Pilates stand out!
More about Sport massage
Massage has been defined as “a mechanical manipulation of body tissues with rhythmical pressure and stroking for promoting health and well-being”.
Sports massage is a type of massage where the focus lies on deeper layers of tissues. Techniques such as kneading, skin rolling, and trigger pointing are used which helps to improve flexibility, prevent injury, reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), as well as break down tension. Other benefits include increased blood flow, reduced muscle tension and neurological excitability, and an increased sense of well-being.
Sport massage is for everyone
Sport massage is not only used by sports people, but people who work behind a desk all day, stand for long hours whilst teaching, or work in a physical environment where heavy objects are lifted, can benefit from having a rub down.
How does Massage work?
The following illustration shows the possible effects massage has on the body:
In the end, combining both Pilates and Sport massage will ensure overall well-being, where Pilates serves as the physical conditioning tool, while Sport massage plays its part in the recovery process!
References: Benjamin, P.J. & Scott, P.L. 2005. Understanding sports massage. 2nd ed. Human Kinetics. USA. 8-18p.
Weerapong, P., Hume, P.A. & Kolt, G.S. 2005. The mechanism of Massage and effects on performance, muscle recovery and injury prevention. Sports medicine, 35(5):237-238.