Sports Massage Oils
Sports massage refers to soft tissue treatments used to help provide pain relief and boost recovery, it is used quite widely by sports therapists, massage therapists and physiotherapists.
You can even receive a sports massage at most gyms now so it is not only for sports as it benefits anyone who does physical activities or exercises often.
Sports massage is refreshing and relaxing, it also helps restore your muscles, ligaments and tendons. This means it can help you to recover better and reach your performance goals a lot faster.
What is Sports Massage used for?
Sports Massage is used as a treatment for sports injuries and recovery from any physical activity, it can even be used to help prevent overuse injuries by giving soft tissues the love and attention they need before an injury develops.
As mentioned above, it is used by a wide range of sports medicine professionals and therapists as a treatment for pain relief and recovery but it is typically offered as a treatment for certain injuries.
It is used for both acute and overuse injuries although, for acute soft tissue injuries, it is advised that you avoid using massage as a treatment.
This is only until the swelling has gone down and the body has already started the natural healing process so that you can prevent any unnecessary damage to the injury.
Sometimes, the therapist might offer numerous other treatments such as lymphatic drainage, myofascial release and trigger point therapy which have even more benefits for injuries and recovery when used with the right massage tools.
What are the benefits of sports massage?
Sports massage is very relaxing while also invigorating, it provides numerous benefits to the person receiving the massage including:
- Muscular pain relief
- Increased lymphatic drainage and toxin removal
- Warms the muscles which helps ease tension
- Breaks adhesions and scar tissue that builds up over time
- Increased blood circulation which promotes healing
What products are used in Sports Massage?
There is a wide range of products used in sports massage, typically refreshing and relaxing massage products are used but anything that helps deliver the benefits of the massage will be a good medium to work with.
This means aromatherapy massage oils and cooling massage products are the most popular choices.
You can also learn how to make your own massage oil which offers you more freedom over the essential oils that you work with and you can use this to tailor-make certain products.
This way you'll be able to personalise each oil for different aromatherapy benefits, special skin types or specific treatments such as remedial massage, full body massage, etc.
Trigger point therapy and myofascial release are treatments that are typically provided alongside sports massage but most massage treatments and complementary therapies are offered as they promote the benefits.
Sports massage is not however restricted to massage oils; you can use massage wax, massage cremes and massage lotions so we will cover all of these in this guide to give you a full selection of the best mediums.
Massage Oils for Sports Massage
This is a great massage oil for any type of massage, it is used by our customers for both massage therapy and sports massage treatments.
It has a base of Sweet Almond Oil and Jojoba Oil which are arguable some of the best base oils for massage oils.
The essential oils used are Rosemary Oil, Peppermint oil, Lavender oil and essential oil extracts such as Geraniol, Limonene and Citronellal.
It naturally contains Vitamin A, B, D and E so it is beneficial for the skin and offers numerous health benefits.
Our therapeutic massage oil has a good amount of glide so it's not too oily and gives you the perfect amount of friction to work with.
Grapeseed massage is used a lot for massage therapy and sports massage treatments.
It is quite a universal massage oil and can be used on all skin types making it a good go-to massage oil if you have a lot of clients.
You can use this massage oil as it is or you can add essential oils to it for aromatherapy benefits. This grapeseed oil is 100% natural and doesn't contain any added ingredients but it still offers numerous benefits.
It's rich in vitamin A, B, D and E and it helps to moisturise the skin, keeping it hydrated and making it easier to work with.
It's a fast-absorbing oil which is doesn't leave a greasy or oily residue after each massage which your clients will love you for.
Our Sports Balm, also accurately referred to as 'fire balm' by some of our customers, is a lotion used before a sporting event or physical activity.
It is used as an alternative to sports massage oil and it offers a lot more benefits for warming up the muscles and getting your body ready for anything.
It loosens up muscles and tendons which allows you to reach your best performance level as quickly as possible.
It can also help you to avoid injuries by properly warming you up. Because it provides a warming massage, sports balm is also good for muscle tension.
This massage lotion from Naqi was designed and formulated especially for sports massage so it is a great alternative to using massage oils.
NAQI Massage Lotion Sport is an oil-rich formula specifically designed to provide moisturisation and lubrication.
It is the perfect lotion for stimulating quicker recovery and restoring the muscle’s normal activity, without causing any negative side effects on the skin.
This massage lotion is similar to the previous one that we've covered, Naqi Ultra is a good massage medium for providing full-body massages and can be beneficial for sports massage because it is hydrating which helps make the massage more refreshing
Naqi Ultra perfectly balances a long-lasting gliding effect, with a non-greasy light feel. It is enriched with a soft hypo-allergenic perfume and is paraben-free.
All Naqi products are thoroughly and dermatologically tested so they are suitable for all skin types and make another great option for universal use.
This is a cooling massage lotion, particularly good for sports massage but also very useful for invigorating and refreshing massages.
The cooling effect helps ease muscle tension and can help relieve pain if used with the appropriate massage techniques.
- Cooling and refreshing massage lotion.
- Very pleasant to use during warm weather and after exercise.
NAQI Massage Lotions prevent the negative side effects of the mechanical handling of the skin during a massage.
Our Massage Creme combines oil and lotion in one, providing effortless glide and luxurious consistency, leaving the skin surface soft and moisturised.
The rich creme offers all the advantages of a massage lotion but goes a little further with increased levels of oil.
This rich creme offers a comforting and relaxing massage and includes aloe vera, vitamin E and an active ingredient of camomile to ensure the skin remains smooth and relaxed following massage.
With its firm resistance, Physique Massage Creme allows the therapist to gain traction to the treated area, perfect for sports massage, deep tissue massage, myofascial techniques, acupressure, and frictions.
The last massage medium that we will cover in this guide is massage wax, it is perfect for sports massage as the main uses of massage wax are sports massage and remedial massage.
The wax gives a much firmer surface to work with and can be used to provide more beneficial treatments by working the soft tissues and allowing a much deeper massage.
Cooling and Soothing is Songbird's premier product for Sports Injury work and is commonly used by Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Sports and Remedial Therapists
Olive Oil, Beeswax, Menthol, Arnica Flower Extract, Essential Oil of Yarrow, Essential Oil of Chamomile, Hypericum Flower Extract and Natural Vitamin E
Citral, Geraniol, Limonene and Linalool are naturally occurring declarable constituent ingredients
Arnica, Hypericum, Yarrow and Chamomile are known to have anti-inflammatory properties and along with the rest of the essential oils, they offer numerous offer benefits.