Deep tissue massage and sports massage are two terms often used interchangeably for one another, however there is a difference between the two, but there are also a lot of similarities!
Sports Massage developed from Deep Tissue techniques, and therefore can sometimes seem similar to one another. Sports Massage is an area-specific treatment that focusses on areas of tissue that have developed knots and the build-up of toxins as a result of high training volume, poor biomechanics (how you move), muscle imbalances or trauma. Sports Massage aims to promote recovery, reduce injury risk, or enhance sports performance.
Unlike Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage often works on a larger area (full body, or lower limbs/ upper body) and uses firm pressures to manipulate soft tissue structures, including the muscles. Deep Tissue Massage helps to relieve muscular tension and stiffness through increased blood flow to the areas being treated.
A common misconception is that Sports Massage is only for elite athletes, however this simply isn’t the case and can benefit people from all walks of life. In some cases Sports Massage can be an appropriate treatment for those who take part in limited physical activity, or do so inconsistently. For example, patients who spend prolonged periods of time sitting at a desk for work will often require a specific treatment approach associated with Sports Massage.
So what are the benefits of Sports Massage and Deep Tissue Massage? Unsurprisingly the benefits of each treatment are very similar, and include:
- Increase blood circulation, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, reducing muscle fatigue and soreness
- Loosen shortened and tense muscle tissue
- Helps decrease the recovery time between training sessions, especially following longer sessions
- Relieve tightness, stiffness, spasms and restrictions in the muscle tissues, and therefore reducing pain
- Promote rapid removal of toxins and waste products from muscles
- Assist with the healing of microscopic tears in muscles, reducing discomfort
As with all treatments, no two people respond in the same way. Our therapists will always fully discuss your requirements and select their treatment plan to meet your individual circumstances. If you would like to discuss an appointment contact us