• Jasmine woods

Why You Need A Massage More Than The Tennis Stars

Updated: Nov 7

There will be one topic that dominates the talk around Wimbledon in the next few weeks, ensuring that Wimbledon itself is on everyone’s lips - tennis.

To some, that will be a chance to sit back and watch the world’s finest racing around the famous grass courts of the All England Club as they chase the coveted prizes. For others it may go further and inspire them to pick up a racket and have a go themselves.

Will Novak Djokovic retain his title? Can Rafa Nadal snatch a third Grand Slam title of the year? Will Andy Murray or Serena Williams roll back the years? Can Emma Raducanu wow the fans again, or is World Number 1 Iga Swiatek unstoppable?

Whatever the answers may be, it is worth noting that sometimes you might need a massage in Wimbledon as much, if not more, than the players.

After all, they are super-fit athletes with their own medical and physio staff on hand. If you are working a normal week and perhaps doing some sport or other exercise in the evening or at weekends, you won’t always have someone on hand to do the same for you.

True, you might not be chasing down points on Centre Court in front of thousands of cheering fans, or booming down serves at well over 100 MPH. But in many respects the needs will be the same afterwards; muscles can stiffen, lactic acid builds up and minor injuries can occur. Having an ice bath may be taking things a bit far, but not a massage.

Of course, one difference is you won’t necessarily be getting patched up ready for more intense action the next day. Nonetheless, the massage will help you feel refreshed, avoid stiffness and ensure that when you do next exert yourself, whether it is on a local tennis court or just a long walk across Wimbledon Common, you will be feeling in great shape.

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