■ Since all branches of sports use different muscle groups in different ways, a qualified sports massage therapist should have information about the musculoskeletal system and how to apply treatments for each athlete.
■ It relaxes the muscles. It fights fatigue. It reduces swelling around your joints. It improves circulation and the immune system, so the body renews itself faster. It increases your body resistance and flexibility. It slows the heartbeat and lowers blood pressure. It helps your body recover faster after a heavy workout. It helps to prevent injury by reducing the tension in the muscles.