From my experience as a goalie and a goalie coach, I do believe in the following.Trigger point therapy massage works to relax stiff muscles, which were caused by over usage. I used it many times in the past and it worked for me. This is very handy tool for goalies, when they have tight groin. Regards the regular sport massage, I feel that we always try to find evidence at physiological level and not psychological level. During a massage my mind relaxes and this probably triggers changes at hormonal level, which triggers changes in your muscles. Relaxation during a massage has very similar feeling comparable to meditation. There are many types of meditations and many types of massages, therefore you have to find which one suits you. It is same as with your goalie style of play. (These beliefs might change in the future as more knowledge will be acquired.)
My recommendation for ball hockey goalies.
- Use trigger point therapy if you have stiff muscles, but remember that to prevent stiff muscles you have to focus on the following factors. Stronger muscles, mobility, sleep and nutrition.
- Have relaxation massage at least once a week after goalie practice.
- Chose type and length of massage that puts you in a state of meditation/relaxation.