Sports Massage

What is a Sports Massage?

This specialized form of massage is used to prepare athletes for peak performance and is given before, during and after sports events. The purpose of sports massage is to prevent injuries by draining away fatigue, reducing muscle tension, relieving swelling, and promoting flexibility. It is primarily used during training for improving athletic performance or for rehabilitation. Sports massage is considered beneficial for athletes at all levels.

Why would I need a sports massage?

There are four main times that athletes (from newbies to the elite) seek out this type of massage:

  • During training: a restorative massage allows the athlete to train harder with less risk of injury

  • Before an event: a 15-45 minute massage is given to stimulate body parts involved for the sport (e.g., quads for runners)

  • After the event: A massage to normalize body tissues and help with recovery

  • Post-injury: a rehabilitative sports massage alleviates pain and helps to return the body to a healthy condition\

What should I expect?

During this type of massage, a therapist will primarily work on specific muscles involved in your athletic activity. The massage incorporates techniques from across different schools of massage therapy to help maximize performance and physical conditioning. Some of these modalities are for relaxation, others help break up knots in the muscles, increase circulation, and increase your range of motion.

What are the benefits?

A sports massage is sought out to help maximize training and performance for an event, and recover from any sports-related injuries or soreness. With this type of massage, you may also benefit from:

  • Increase of blood flow

  • Increased flexibility and range of motion

  • Quicker elimination of lactic acid, which is an exercised-induced chemical compound

  • Faster recovery from intense training or race days

What are the side effects?

Overall, a sports massage tends to have few side effects. It’s possible you may feel tenderness or stiffness after the massage. However, this feeling should go away within a few days.

Types of Massage

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Prenatal Massage

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Shiatsu Massage

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Swedish Massage

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Thai Massage

Described as a mix between yoga and massage, therapists use many parts of their body to stretch and relax the body. Read More >

Therapeutic Massage

Borrowing from many other massage types, a therapeutic massage is good for reducing minor discomfort and pain. Read More >

Trigger Point Massage

A more targeted approach of massage, focusing directly on releasing tight knots and alleviating pain caused by them. Read More >

Acupressure Massage

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Ayurvedic Massage

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Chair Massage

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Combination Massage

A Combination Massage uses various techniques across acupressure, reflexology, Swedish, etc to relieve tension and stress. Read More >

Couples Massage

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Deep Tissue Massage

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Foot Massage

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Hot Stone Massage

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