I have always considered myself an amateur athlete because I played basketball at university and was almost a professional athlete but my passion for sports is still the same, I practice sports at least 5 times a week but this is taking its toll, which is frequent pain and to prevent the pain from persisting or injuries from appearing, I sought the help of a physical therapist and he recommended that I participate in sports massage therapy in Kent, the city where I live. So, I started attending the sessions but what are the main benefits of having a sports massage? * relaxationRelaxation may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about sports massage, but it is one of the most important parts of maintaining an athlete’s health. Sports massage is used as part of a specific recovery or enhancement program and can also be continued if the body needs it. * RecoveryRecovery from injury or physical strain is different for every athlete. The specific recovery program that an athlete, coach, physical therapist, or doctor decides on will depend on the athlete’s medical history and the sport they play, but in all cases, massage will always be recommended. *Toxin removalA part of athletic recovery that is enhanced by sports massage therapy is the removal of toxins from the muscles and body. When muscles are involved for long periods and the body is challenged, lactic acid can build up and toxins can start to affect tissues throughout the body. *Improved sleepSports massage therapy can help improve sleep. Sleep is an underappreciated part of physical rehabilitation Troubled sleep patterns and poor sleep quality can seriously affect the body’s ability to function physically, let alone perform at its best. *Performance improvementAthletes who do not experience any physical harm or pain can participate in massages to help improve athletic performance. After doing the massage sessions I noticed that my pain stopped in less than a month and my performance is close to the time I was at university.