What is Deep Tissue Massage?
What is Sports Massage?
As the name suggests, deep tissue massage is a form of massage where the therapist uses firm pressure to manipulate the deeper layers of muscles on the body.
There are several reasons why someone might want or need this type of massage, deep tissue massage helps to relieve muscular tension, reducing stress, breaking down “knots”, and increase blood flow to the muscles.
Deep tissue massage tends not to focus on a specific injury or one particular area of the body, instead being administered as a general full body massage or focussed on lower limbs or the upper body.
A sports massage, on the other hand, is a more skilled type of massage, and it is not just for the sports person! Almost everybody can benefit from a sports massage. Sports massage can be used to prevent or treat injuries, it helps to prevent injuries by treating small niggles and imbalances that could become bigger problems, but also Sports massage can also help in the recovery process of a current injury not only because muscles are worked on but the tendons and ligaments are massaged to reduce the build-up of scar tissue and inflexible muscles fibres to have occurred through injury, swelling and inflammation can massively decrease too as a fresh flow of blood and fluid will flood the area treated.
Helps to encourage and Improve your muscles flexibility and helps your body to achieve a wider range of movement.
Reduce Recovery Time
Reduce the recovery time required after a workout, enabling more activity by incorporating massage into your life.
Increase blood flow
Relieve various aches and pains by releasing tension in the muscles that surround and attach to the joints.
Where sports massage differentiates from other styles of massage is that stretching techniques are involved during the treatment to lengthen short, tense muscles.
When an injury occurs to a muscle, in most cases the muscles in that area will contract and become short which can lead to a loss of motion and pain to the area. Our sports massage clients range from 80-year-old arthritic clients to professional cyclists, runners, rugby players and office workers; Regardless of who you are, a sports person or just doing your usual work sitting at a desk all day long, everyone will have immense benefits in including sports massage into their lives.
Sports massage as the name suggests is an excellent form of massage for people involved in any kind of physical activity.
Reduces Scar Tissue
Helps Prevent Injuries
Should you choose a deep tissue or sports massage?
If you feel unsure about what technique you require, do not worry. All appointments start with a physical assessment, a discussion around the pain or discomfort you’re currently experiencing, and the areas affected, your current levels of exercise and activity, and your expectations with this session, so we are able to determine the best course of action to undertake, which we will talk you through in plenty of detail.
And in case you wonder if sports massage must hurt to work, the answer is no, “No pain, no gain,” does not always apply. Why pain free then? We all have a natural reflex to resist pain. When the body is experiencing pain, it reacts with tension and then this reflex is triggered. When too much pressure is applied during a massage, the muscle or group of muscles will naturally resist force by tightening further. This is the opposite effect we want to achieve with the treatment.
Effective massages relax and release areas of tension. During the treatment you may feel some discomfort, discomfort is described as a “good hurt”, the kind that feels good at the same time. Pain can be described as being uncomfortable and not tolerated well by the body.”
When should you get a sports massage?
In summary, Sports and deep tissue Massage have many benefits and can help many people with an active lifestyle or job and those who are experiencing muscular tension and pain though work-related activity, lifestyle or injury. When should you get a sports massage? With such clear benefits from sports massage, you shouldn’t wait to get one. A proper Sports massage program can help in many different ways, reducing pain and making you feel better overall. With regular Sports massage, you will notice a change in your physical pattern and recovery time. Sports massage is an excellent form of massage if you have a certain specific problem in your body, where the massage can be directed at and tailored to your needs. Athlete or non-athlete we all do some form of physical work every day, and there is no harm being prepared for it.