Benefits of massage for skiing

Having massage treatments before a big ski or snowboard trip can help prepare your body for the intense days about to be spent on the slopes. Massage afterward can help get you back on the mountain day after day, keeping your days enjoyable and injury free!


Sun Peaks Resort is a destination for many skiers and riders and whether it's your one annual ski trip, or you're a weekend warrior, massage has it's benefits. Below are 5 excellent reasons to consider booking a massage on your next ski trip: 


1. Boosts Flexibility and Range of motion

Massage therapy helps increase flexibility and range of motion by increasing temperature of soft tissues, breaking up muscle adhesions and   increasing muscle elasticity. Elasticity is the ability of a muscle to be lengethed or stretched and return to it's original shape and size, Think bend instead of snap!  (We can all agree we'd like to avoid pulling muscles mid-mountain)  


2. Improves Circulation 

Warm muscles are happy muscles and this is especially important in cold climates like Sun Peaks. Massage therapy increases the bloodflow to the muscles and surrounding tissues, oxygenates them and prepares the body and muscles for sport. 


3. Faster Recovery Times

We've all been there, hobbling our way into the day lodge after a long (but awesome) day on the hill. We're all smiles but secretly inside we're stressing about having to get the gear back on the next day, because just walking now is a struggle.  

Hello Deep Tissue Massage: By targeting inner muscles and conective tissues your massage therapist can help reduce lactice acid, ease muscle knots, reduce pain and muscle stress.  Meaning less time spent groaning while doing up those boot buckles. 


4. Helps with muscle soreness 

For most folks, if ski trips only come around once or twice a year, it can be a 0-100 type of situation!  Feeling the burn and pushing through it to make the most of that day pass. This is a recipe for DOMS, aka Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. It's difficult to train for a sport that we might only participate in a few times a year.  

Massage therapy can help reduce the pain of muscle soreness felt after skiing or boarding by increasing blood flow to the affected area and triggering the brain to release endorphins (the body's natural painkiller)  making your trip the most enjoyable *ahem* the least painful 


5. Encourages rest 

 Relaxation massage is the perfect end to a great day at Sun Peaks. This slow, rhythmic style of massage helps calm the body and the mind. Not only does it relax your muscles but it also reduces the stress felt in the body. 




We could go on and on about all the benefits of massage therapy (they are nearly endless) and we hope that you may consider adding massage into your typical ski or snowboarding routine!


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Kristina Adams

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