Welcome back for part two of  the Massage Therapy series, where I’m taking a close look at exactly how massage therapy can help

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Kasey Studdard, guard of the Houston Texans, is another one of the several NFL players that are advocates of the benefits of massage therapy. (ICON Sports)

you on the field.

Click here if you missed part one.

Let’s finish up, shall we?

Lesson #3 – You Don’t Necessarily Have to Have a Professional Massage Therapist

 

As I eluded to in the intro, you don’t necessarily need the money to pay a professional, to enjoy some of the benefits of massage therapy.

Most states require you to have a license to practice massage therapy, though.

Click here to see a list of states that have this requirement.

In Treatment for a Stiff Muscle at livestrong.com, the author mentions that you don’t have to have a pro do it to get the benefits.

If the young lady in your life has no clue on how to massage properly, she can start out by using gentle pressure and using circular motions.

If she needs more info, have her Google “massage therapy basics”, or have her take a look at some Youtube videos on the topic, like this one:

Note: I’ve heard a couple jokes about this video that I’m going to choose not to comment on at this time.

 

Lesson #4 – Massage Therapy Can Help Muscle Imbalances and Bad Posture

 

One of my favorite saying is, “you can’t make plays on the sidelines.”

And it’s hard to get off the sidelines if you’re having lower back issues.

Trust me, man, I know.

But anyways, muscle imbalances can cause you some serious back issues.

In How Can Massage Treat Patellofemoral Syndrome Knee Pain?, the author says massage therapy addresses the muscular imbalance caused by patellofemoral syndrome.

 

Muscle imbalances can lead to injuries, not to mention decreased levels of athletic performance, so it’s something you definitely want to address.

In this article on sports massages and it’s benefits, they touch on how massage therapy can help with muscle imbalances:

Massage, applied skillfully, is the most effective therapy for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the musculo-skeletal system… this may help athletes prevent injuries…  A constant build up of tension in the muscles from regular activity may lead to stresses on joints, ligaments, tendons, as well as the muscles themselves.

The article assesses how massage therapy can help you with your posture.

And we’ve already talked about how bad posture can affect your athletic performance.

So I encourage you to take advantage of the benefits of massage therapy.

Even if you don’t have the money to pay for a therapist, find someone else (hopefully female) that can help you.

I have to admit that massage therapy can get kinda complicated, but it’s too simple of an edge to pass up, in my opinion.

Even if you get a wack massage that only does 50% of the benefits that a professional massage therapist could’ve delivered, it might be better than no massage at all.

…unless they hurt you or damage your body while trying to give you a massage.

If you have your girlfriend search on Youtube for “how to give a sports massage” she’ll find videos like the one below, that goes over how to give a sports massage on a hamstring:

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