my pro said that when he and his wife were competing they were instructed by their coach not to get a massage day before or day of dancing....yet, I find that this helps me immensely...anyone else have thoughts on this?
I definitely couldn't do the day before... I am sore after a deep tissue, particularly after a night's sleep. And as they usually concentrate on back/shoulders for me (darn desk job), well, not a good plan. Day of might work, but likely only a light massage, perhaps targeted to an area that's stiff/sore/a little bit injured.
That said, I tend to trend toward the 'too flexible' side of the strength/flexibility spectrum and I have to be careful about how much I loosen up before dance.
maybe that is why I have not had an issue...because I sweat so much, I consume copious amounts of water and think it would be near to impossible for me to dehydrate...I do get a bit sore here and there from a truly deep, deep tissue...but nothing 2 advil can't handle...and I am just thinking that the pay off for me in relaxation seems to be worth it...still, I hate to buck expert advice and be caught unawares about something I haven't foreseen....while I had good result once, I don't need any bad surprises...fake tan is not a consideration for me b/c I only real tan....thanks for the input guys...keep it coming for those of you who also have experience or thoughts on this
I like massage, do it regularly, especially like deep tissue massage, I wouldn't mind doing a day before comp, the only reason restrain me from doing it is afraid of messing up my fake tan. I found very relaxing and flexible after a good massage.
Thing is, it might be great for you, but not for someone else, who has different issues. From horses I've learned that just because someone else, who isn't me or my horse, says of a particular thing "ZOMG it's terrible don't do it!" doesn't mean whatever it is doesn't work for me. If it makes you feel good and feeling good makes you dance well, there's your evidence. I've only had one sports massage, and it wasn't right before an event, so I can't really judge whether it was good or bad for competing.. Did feel nice at the time, though and helped identify some trouble spots.
sure...just checking, because of the source...ie. my pro's coach...and it didn't sound like something that was meant to be specific only to them...so I just wanted to know if there was some common thinking on it....i suppose also that they were young then, and not nearly as badly in need of a massage as my creaky old body is, nevermind the level of performance they were at....
You could try it before your lessons a couple of times, since your lessons might approximate the intensity of a comp day in some ways... Might give you a way to do some trial runs before deciding whether to try it again for a comp.
This. I really think that this is an individual thing. I know a pro who used to have a massage on the day of competition, he tended to tighten and stiffen up when tense and said that it helped him relaxed and loose. I've got a friend who always falls asleep when she has a massage - probably wouldn't be a good idea for her! I probably wouldn't do it on the day of a competition, but more because of tan and make-up issues. The day before, though...yes, I'd do that if I found that it helped.