The perfect relaxation technique after lacrosse training? – Massage

After a hard lacrosse training it is very important to relax your head as well as your body, as you know. To prevent your muscles from cramping up and your whole body from aching the next day, a massage is one of the best, most comfortable and soothing methods. It serves to influence the skin, muscles and connective tissue by strain, tension and pressure. The effect of the massage is not limited to the particular body part you are massaging, but spreads over the entire organism and the psyche. Because of these aspects, we have written an article about the main types of massage.

Massage

History

No one can tell exactly about the origin of the massage, but Franz Kirchberg has described it very well in his handbook of 1926: “As every human being instinctively rubs or presses a swollen and therefore painful or bruised part of his body and tries to reduce the pain caused by the tension, this instinctive remedy has probably also been used as a remedy in all times.”
The massage as a cure was probably applied for the first time in Egypt, China and Persia. The first time various handgrips and gymnastic exercises were mentioned by the Chinese Huáng Dì 2600 BC.
Afterwards, the massage with essential oils and herbs came into the Indian health teaching and healing art, the so-called Ayurveda. It came to Europe only with the Greek physician Hippocrates (ca. 460 – 370 BC). It was later strengthened for the rehabilitation of gladiators in the Roman Empire. Several doctors, such as Hippocrates and Galenos, wrote about the art of healing and their application. Even if these doctors were highly regarded, the society of Europe lost interest in massages. It was not until the sixteenth century that physician and alchemist Paracelsus (1493 – 1541) restored the statements of Galenos, a second doctor, Ambroise Paré (1510 – 1590), that the massage was again fully established. It was used as a rehabilitation therapy after surgery. A Swedish massage, the so-called “Swedish epoch” in the area of manual therapy began with Pehr Henrik Ling (1776 – 1839), who opened the “Central Institute for Therapeutic Gymnastics and Massage” in Stockholm in 1813. Here he taught his conception of massage and gymnastics. Johann Georg Mezger (1838 – 1909) scientifically proved the positive effect on the body.
Albert Hoffa (1859 – 1907), a Swedish physician, brought the Swedish therapy to Germany at the end of the 19th century and gave it a final polish, so he spread the form known today. In the following years the different forms of the massage developed, more and more handles were developed and practiced. Nowadays massages and physiotherapists are practiced. Within Europe there is even a corresponding training.

General effect of a massage

As you know, there are many different types and forms. Even though these forms are, in part, completely different, there are proven effects on the body, which all the massages have.

Massage after Lacrosse Training - General effect of a massageThis would be:
– Local increase in blood flow
– Improvement of plup metabolism
– Pain relief
– Reduction of blood pressure and pulse rate
– Dissolve adhesions and scars
– Mental relaxation, reduction of stress
– Improved wound healing
– Relaxation of the muscles

When should a massage be waived?

In certain circumstances it is not required. These circumstances include: skin infection, unstable bone fractures, blood diseases, febrile diseases, severe osteoporosis, muscle ossification, vascular disease and acute inflammation. If one of them affects you, you should refrain from a massage. Apart from that, there is hardly a reason not to relieve a sickness or spasms.

Forms of massage

There are several forms of massage that produce two different types of healing or relief. On the one hand there is the treatment of the skin and the muscles in one place and on the other also diseases of the organs can be treated. For this reason it is divided into the “direct massages” and the “reflex”.

 

We hope we could tell you a lot about the topic and you are already looking forward to the next article.

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