Thai Massage benefits those who ‘move more’ and also those that ‘move less’
Whether you are a weekend warrior or a touring professional, Thai Massage can help you to avoid injury, enhance golf performance and play more pain free golf.
Because I am both a Thai Massage practitioner and a competitive amateur golfer, I am uniquely qualified to work with golfers. I fully understand how Thai Massage greatly benefits both golf professionals and amateurs alike.
The golf swing is a very complex and athletic movement where the majority of the muscles in your body are working, either through movement or stabilisation. In addition, the distance golfers cover in an 18-hole round of golf can be up to 5 miles or more.
Most Golfers will experience tightness and tenderness in various muscles associated with golf which can be exacerbated by poor posture, poor golf technique, no warm-up or preparation and intense practice regimes. Common ailments that golfers experience are back pain and golfer’s elbow, additionally golfers experience injuries in many areas of the body such as neck and shoulders, some golfers also experience tight and inflamed hands, forearms, and rotator cuff muscles, experience soreness or injuries in their lower back, gluteals, and hips, others notice tight hamstrings, calves, and sore feet after spending hours walking around an 18-hole course.
THAI MASSAGE TECHNIQUES
Thai Massage is perfect for golfer’s, it is a hands-on approach, working on many levels within the body. It is the unique way in which it combines multi-faceted techniques in one treatment to suit the individual needs of the golfer.
Thai Massage incorporates:
Relaxation and therapeutic massage are a gentler type of massage, it improves circulation, easing muscles aches and pains and helping clients relax.
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on realigning the deeper layer of muscles and connective tissues.
It works by physically breaking up adhesions in the muscle to relieve pain and helps to restore proper movement. Using firm pressure and slow strokes, this type of massage is generally used for chronic aches and pain and is best for contracted areas such as a stiff neck, upper back, lower back and sore shoulders.
The best thing about deep tissue is that it works to break down knots or adhesion's that limit the range of motion – for golfers, this is perfect in helping keep their muscles loose for the perfect swing.
Neuromuscular/Trigger Point applies direct pressure to specific tender areas of a muscle. These tender areas are known as trigger points and can refer pain and sensations to other parts of the body. This usually leads to an immediate release of tension and improved muscle functioning.
Myofascial Release focuses on the fascia, the complex web of connective tissue in the body which runs from head to toe. The fascia can hold a great deal of pain, tension, and strain which can contribute to soft tissue pain. By releasing the strain on the fascia using broad stretching techniques, this assists in the release soft tissue pain and increase freedom of movement.
BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY FOR GOLFERS
Having a massage before or after the game can have a huge physical and emotional impact on the quality of your performance and recuperation. Here are some of the benefits that massage therapy can provide [please refer to ‘benefits’ page for more detailed information]:
Muscle tension can start a domino effect on the body, leading to headaches, joint pain, chronic back and neck pain.
Its common that the presence of this pain also leads to bad posture, as the manipulates their body to alleviate pain. And so, the cycle of worsening symptoms continues.
It will increase your range of movement, by loosening stiff joints and tight muscles which helps you move freely through your game. It also lessens injuries that you might suffer because of hypotonic or tight muscles.
Increases circulation that assists in removing metabolic wastes that can accumulate in muscles due to overuse and the repetitive motion of the golf swing thus minimising pain and muscle soreness after a game.
It can reduce tension and anxiety especially when the golfer feels under pressure, so you're focused and able to play your best game of golf. Mentally it also creates body awareness, generates a feeling of well-being.
Massage therapy can also help you strengthen weak points including hips, shoulders, hands and legs.
Identify trigger points and reducing adhesions in the muscles that can improve the fluidity of the golf swing. It can reduce muscle spasms and scar tissue especially in over tight areas.
Improve joint range of motion through fascial release allowing for more movement to be produced during the golf swing.