Sports Therapy Massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity. Soft tissue is connective tissue that has not hardened into bone and cartilage; it includes skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. Sports therapy massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma. The application of sports massage, prior to and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury.
Various techniques that are used specifically include:
Deep Tissue Massage targets the deeper layers of your muscles, tendons, and fascia. Deep tissue uses many of the same techniques as Swedish massage, with slower strokes and deeper pressure. It helps facilitate healing by releasing contracted areas of muscle and tissue. It can help increase blood flow to the soft tissues and help to reduce inflammation. Deep tissue massage is best suited for athletes, runners, injuries and chronic conditions.
The goal of Swedish Massage is to relax you, stimulate nerve endings, help increase blood flow and lymph drainage. Swedish Massage is extremely therapeutic as it melts away muscle tension, increases oxygen levels in the blood, and improves joint flexibility.