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A couple of days before the Father’s Day weekend, I was treated to a special pampering session at BlueWater Day Spa – I availed the 90-minute ATHLETE’S MASSAGE just because it sounded so manly!

But there’s actually a science into it!

Like what the name suggests, an ATHLETE’S MASSAGE is special therapeutic massage developed and offered by Blue Water Day Spa especially for athletes or active people.

While I do not consider myself as the athletic type, my work does require me to be at my best all the time holistically. To be active.

So what are the general benefits of an Athlete’s Massage?

  • Reduce muscle tension
  • Help athletes monitor muscle tone
  • Promote relaxation
  • Increase range of motion
  • Decrease muscle stiffness and soreness after exercise
  • Enhance athletic performance
  • Help prevent injuries when massage is received regularly

You may not realize it, but massage affects the cardiovascular system.  It dilates blood vessels, which helps them work more efficiently to promote circulation.

The manual assistance of encouraging venous blood flow back to the heart enhances blood flow, which delivers fresh oxygen and nutrients to the tissue and promotes the removal of waste products and toxins.  Thanks to the relaxed state you’re in during and after the massage, your heart rate lowers.

More known and expected are the benefits of massage to the muscular system. One of them directly ties to the cardiovascular benefits. The increased and enhanced blood circulation helps to relieve muscle tension, reduce soreness and make for a faster recovery.

Then, the relaxed muscles can experience “an increase in range of motion and flexibility,” These benefits include reducing stress and tension and anxiety while promoting relaxation by activating your parasympathetic nervous system.  So you get an increase in dopamine and serotonin levels and a reduction in cortisol levels, which are directly linked to stress.

That relaxed, lowered-tension state encourages focus, a good thing to have before going into any sport, group exercise class or competition.

You’ll benefit more from a deep tissue or sports massage than you will a spa soft-and-gentle-and-smelling-good massage.  However, these types of massage may not always be comfortable.

Athlete’s massage often involves a fast-paced massage, stretching and other approaches, depending upon the sport in which you participate.  It can be tailored to be used as a pre-workout stretch and opportunity to warm up the muscles or used as a post-workout massage designed to reduce soreness and increase flexibility.

The deep tissue massage often is suggested by massage therapists because it works on particular issues you may have, applying heavier pressure on layers of muscles and other deep tissues.  Don’t expect to be comfortable throughout this massage. It’s designed to get into knots and tension the muscles may be holding.  But be prepared.  With their attention to soft tissue aches and pains, either type of massage can leave you feeling sore.

Athlete’s massage is a type of massage that can alleviate pain occurring in certain parts of the body, which can be caused by too much physical activity. This type of massage was originally developed to serve athletes as a way to prevent and relieve injuries, but both athletes and non-athletes can gain physiological and psychological benefits from receiving sports massage therapy.

Athlete’s massage therapy can prevent or relieve delayed onset muscle soreness. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, delayed soreness typically begins to develop 12 to 24 hours after the exercise has been performed. DOMS may produce the greatest pain between 24 and 72 hours after the exercise has been performed. Sports massage therapy prevents delayed onset muscle soreness by encouraging blood and lymph flow throughout the body, preventing muscle fatigue.

Sports massage therapy can help a person manage stress. When a person receives a sports massage, their body releases neurotransmitters called endorphins. According to American Spa, endorphins are released by two centers of the brain known as the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus, and they act as the body’s natural pain reliever. Endorphins that are released due to receiving a sports massage help to decrease anxiety, provide pain relief, improve mood and enhance a person’s state of well-being.

Here are some of the other pampering services available at Blue Water Day Spa:

Cellulite Melter Massage

Take pleasure in a rigorous massage that eliminates fluid retention, detoxifies and burns fat and cellulite. The treatment is applied with a special anti-cellulite oil to reinforce fat breakdown, evidently felt during the treatment with a warm sensation.

Intense Whitening Body Scrub

Tired of being in the shade? Get fairer skin all over with this skin treatment that uses state-of-the-art Swedish whitening products enhanced with Vitamin C. The 1-hour treatment involves cleansing, micro- exfoliation, application of an intensive whitening mask via body wrapping, and moisturizing. Expect progressively visible results afterwards!

Olive Scrub

Bring dull skin to life with a refreshing body scrub that moisturizes and helps skin remain soft and smooth while keeping it toned and firmed.

Green Tea Scrub

Get cleansing, gentle exfoliation and super moisturization in one easy treatment. Green tea is known to be an antioxidant powerhouse. It is said to help in slowing down the premature aging process, thus leaving your skin youthful. Green Tea is an excellent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent that protects the skin against free radical damage, increases the effectiveness of sunscreen and reduces inflammation caused by sun damage.

Pomegranate Scrub

It’s rumored that Eve’s forbidden fruit was a pomegranate, not an apple! The pomegranate originally comes from Iran, and its exotic taste is both sweet and sour. Its seeds are rich in both vitamins and minerals and are said to contain more antioxidants than green tea and also to have healthy levels of folic acid, iron, and potassium. The antioxidants in pomegranate juice are reported to stimulate collagen production when used both topically and consumed internally, which will then combat the ravages of free radicals, which are very much like rust.

Botanical Rice & Milk (NEW & IMPROVED)

Soften your skin with nature’s staples – rice and milk. This natural body mask, applied after a relaxing salt and oil body scrub, restores the skin’s pH level to make it soft, supple and nourished.

Also you might want to try their Traditional Filipino Hilot

Come home to the tender and healing massage strokes of traditional Filipino descent: the hilot. Enhanced with a 15-minute Ventusa (Chinese cupping) technique that uses indigenous herbs, this massage soothes tense muscles and eliminates nodules forming particularly on the back area.

BlueWater Day Spa has branches in Ortigas-Greenhills (Tel No 7278420), Makati (Tel No 8173126), Capitol Hills (Tel No 4730455), Eastwood City (Tel No 9151247), Tomas Morato (Tel No 4865455) , Cotabato City (Tel No 09228399751) and Naga City (09177391822).  For franchising information please call 6951820 or 6691634.


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