Many athletes who have been injured swear by the combination of massage therapy and active recovery practices to help them deal with sore muscles. More than anything else, a massage therapy session has psychological benefits that can help athletes spring back to their normal routine.
The mind-and-body benefits of massage therapy extend even further, according to a recent university study out of Ontario. Researchers suggest that massage therapy, when paired with a form of low intensity aerobic exercise to cool down, may alleviate muscle tension. This could explain why athletes claim to feel significantly better and more alert after massage therapy treatments.
Those interested in a career in this growing field can enroll in the Registered Massage Therapy program at Vancouver Career College. After graduation, they'll be prepared to write the College of Massage Therapists of BC registration exams and find opportunities in medical clinics, sports medicine centers, health spas and rehab centers. To find out more information about the program, fill out the form on the right.