What is the difference between a Sports Massage and a Deep Tissue Massage?
We put these two therapies under one category as ‘Sports/Deep Tissue’ massage they use similar techniques, but by definition there is a slight difference between them. A deep tissue massage is pretty much what it says – firm pressure to manipulate deeper tissues in the body. Generally a deep tissue massage is done across the entire body to release tension. A sports massage on the other hand, focuses on specific target areas such as back or legs to help prevent or to recover from injuries.
What does this massage treat?
Anyone can benefit from this type of massage. During the treatment your therapist will use a combination of techniques to suit your individual requirements; including trigger point release, joint mobilisation and passive stretching such as soft tissue release and myofascial release. It can help:
- Athletes: for pre- or post sporting events for maintenance and recovery.
- Injury recovery: helps to recover from injuries such sprains and muscle spasms.
- Stress release: helps to relieve tension in the back and shoulders to assist with stress release.
What are the benefits?
Benefits of a Sports/Deep Tissue massage include increased blood circulation, release of stiffness and tension, detoxes, restores mobility and flexibility and increases recovery time.
Alternative massage therapies:
If you generally don’t like very deep massages or are a bit more sensitive, why not try a Swedish massage or Lymph Drainage massage instead? A Swedish massage is a light gentle massage aimed at relaxation and to sooth sore muscles. While a Lymph Drainage massage works on the lymphatic system to help flush toxins and excess water.