Sports massage uses a variety of pressure (often deeper, more intense and focused than in conventional massage) to speed up an athlete’s recovery time and help prevent injury. It is usually focussed around a specific region or problem area rather than full body.
Although sports massage is aimed at people who regularly push their bodies through strenuous exercise, it can benefit the everyday person too. If you’re running around with small children, or you have a physically demanding job, a regular sports massage may help you.
Sports massage is often prescribed by doctors to treat back or muscle-strain or as part of a rehabilitation programme for people who’ve had an injury.
Deep Tissue Massage
With a deep tissue massage a therapist will massage layer by layer of muscle, applying more and more pressure and employing special techniques with the fingers, fists, and even elbows to reach and stretch that deeper tissue. Deep tissue massage is usually full body, unless other treatment plan is discussed.
This type of massage facilitates healing by releasing contracted areas of muscle and tissue. It can help increase blood flow to the soft tissues and may help to reduce inflammation.
Sports (60 mins)