Dorel's Quote
Dorel's Quote Pain is the reason why you are in my office, so let me take care of IT!


    The Olympic Games offer a unique opportunity for skilled massage therapists. For practitioners of sports massage, there is no greater honor than helping Olympic athletes to peak performance. Its outstanding presence at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games shows the value elite athletes place on massage therapy. Rio De Janeiro will be the same where massage therapist will be the key of the success of these Olympians. See you there!

    Massaging muscles in preparation for their being stressed to the maximum is not a new idea. In the first Olympic games of 776 BC, athletes received massage before an event. Afterwards, the competitors would take a dip in a hot bath, receive massage and then dip in a cold bath to prepare their muscles for the next event. The value of sports massage during Olympic events has finally been acknowledged. Because it is crucial to the well-being and performance of the athletes, the 2012 Games in London have included massage therapy under the medical category. Sports MassageSports massage is a necessity for many professional athletes. Boosting an individual’s competitive edge, the performance and wellness advantages afforded by sports massage is highly sought after. There are three main goals of sports massage:

  • Assist the athlete in achieving his or her peak performance
  • Prevent or reduce the risk of injury
  • Help with injury recovery when needed

    Sports massage can occur in a variety of different settings and administered at different times with different goals. In general, there are four times to administer sports massage:

  • Pre-event Massage– Pre-event massage generally occurs at the sports event, 20 to 30 minutes before the event. Using specific techniques such as friction to help warm muscles up, compression to increase circulation in specific muscles and range of motion to assist in joint mobility, pre-event massage focuses on the muscles that will be stressed most during competition.
  • Post-event Massage– Also performed at the event site, post-event massage is aimed at helping the athlete recover from muscle soreness or cramping while reestablishing range of motion and circulation. Post-event massage might consist of compressive effleurage for calming the nervous system and pushing fluid, stretching and petrissage to relieve muscular tension, compression for spreading muscle fibers and restoring blood flow, broadening strokes to lengthen tight muscles, and reciprocal inhibition to relieve muscle cramps.
  • Maintenance Massage– Administered in between competitive events, a sports maintenance massage is part of a wellness program that targets an athlete’s flexibility, strength, biomechanics, coordination, stress patterns, posture, existing injuries and scar tissue.
  • Rehabilitation Massage– Because muscles worked to their limit tear, cramp, ache   and bruise, the most cautious athlete can gain benefits from rehabilitation massage. Sports massage should only be administered in unison with proper medical care, rehabilitative work can dramatically ease pain and speed healing. Rehabilitation sports massage techniques could include effleurage, neuromuscular therapy, compression, cross-fiber friction, lymphatic drainage and trigger point massage.
  • Professional athletes are grateful for the service. Since their bodies are in top physical condition, injury recovery time is dramatically reduced. Professional athletes’ careers depend on their body’s optimal ability to function. Especially because the benefits of sports massage are immediately recognized, professional athletes have an extremely high likelihood of treatment success.

To be a champion, I think you have to see the big picture. It’s not about winning and losing; it’s about every day hard work and about thriving on a challenge. It’s about embracing the pain that you’ll experience at the end of a race and not being afraid. I think people think too hard and get afraid of a certain challenge.

Summer Sanders