Russian Sports Massage

Published Russian Sports Massage Articles

Russian Sports Massage - Science in Action

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Published in Massage Magazine


As massage therapists, we look for new ways to grow our business and broaden our areas of expertise. Russian sports massage is one modality that offers the beneficial substance to retain clients. It is the oldest and perhaps most advanced system of sports massage in the world.  Russian Sports Massage was regarded as an integral part of sports training and competition in the former Soviet Union and contributed greatly to the overwhelming dominance of that nation’s athletes at the Olympic Games over several decades, where massage therapists shared the spotlight with sports-medicine doctors and coaches. In fact, massage therapists were regarded so highly that they received a medal of achievement from the government along with the athletes they worked with.......

The Scientific Roots of Sports Massage

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Published in: Journal of Massage Science


Who is a Sports Massage therapist? There are different answers to what seems like a very simple question. Some therapists use Swedish Massage with deeper pressure and call it Sports Massage. Some consider Sports Massage as an application of massage on the athlete or sports enthusiast. Some will title their treatment as Sports Massage based on its location – for example, its application in a fitness facility. Finally, some will take various seminars on how to work on Rotator Cuff Injury or sprained ligaments and label it Sports Massage. All these views don’t have anything to do with Sports Massage that is based on science. Sports Massage has nothing to do with the treatment of somatic injuries.

Infant Massage

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Published in Journal of Massage Science


Baby or infant massage is an exciting part of the massage therapy profession. Recent scientific studies published in many medical journals have generated a lot of interest among health providers and hospitals. As it was correctly pointed by Beider et al. (2007): “The clinicians and researchers have been intrigued by the potential benefits of pediatric MT for improving psychological and physiologic states in children who have various health conditions.”

This article has two goals. First of all we think it will be very helpful for the practitioners to have updated scientific information which greatly justifies their work. We highly suggest printing copies of this article including a list of references and distribute it as small brochures among the pediatricians and pediatric departments of local hospitals. This is a great way to build up successful massage practice in the clinical setting.


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Russian (With an American Accent) Sports Massage

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PART 1       Published in: Massage Magazine


What has compelled me to write this article is my love of both doing and teaching massage. I LOVE IT! The whole world seems to be a brighter and happier place when I wake up knowing that there are people out there are ready to give me a chance to put my hands on them. (On the rare days when my calendar is free, I’m forced to give a shoulder rub to my wife, a tickle-hands massage to my hyperactive son, or a full-body massage to my slightly overweight, yet very athletic dog. Needless to say, my position in my house is secure).  ....

Russian (With an American Accent) Sports Massage

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PART 2       Published in: Massage Magazine


After many years of both teaching and performing Russian sports massage across our nation, which still remains "the land of opportunities" in my opinion, I am yet to see enough massage therapists working with athletes and  actually applying "sports massage". My point is, it is not enough to simply show up at a race place (or any other sports event) with a massage table, to become a sports massage therapist. No, it does not happen automatically. There is a need for a very specific training, based on scientifically developed concepts and protocols of sports massage.  ....

Russian (With an American Accent) Sports Massage

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PART 3       Published in: Massage Magazine


My heart is racing. The level of my anxiety is rising. It is a familiar sensation, - like the one I had experienced many times before, as a professional athlete, in anticipation of my turn to compete. Oh, those sweet and sweaty memories of pushing myself to the edge, both physically and mentally…  

But how come now, many years after I have stopped competing, I have that same feeling washing over me, making me nauseous and, essentially, telling me that the sympathetic part of my nervous system is out of control?