Sports Massage is the application of specific massage techniques, range of motion and flexibility, and strength-training to achieve a specific goal when treating an athletic individual. The question is which application and goal is appropriate for each case. Our therapists will be able to determine your specific needs and be able to treat you accordingly.
Sports massage is needed consistently throughout the year either before, during, after an intense session of high activity. Whether you’re running through the river valley, playing rugby, soccer, football, hockey, or any other sports, you’re going to feel sore and will be in need of a massage.
The main difference between a Deep Tissue Massage and a Sports Massage is that the therapist will be well-versed in treating common injuries and muscular injuries of athletes such as tennis elbow, shin splints and hamstring strains. A sports massage therapist will be able to identify areas of tightness or feel muscle abnormalities that could potentially lead to further injury unless treated properly. While deep tissue massages can help identify areas of weakness in the muscle, the therapist won’t be targeting sport related injury areas.
The goal of a sport related massage is to improve sports performance, handle injuries or potential injuries and boosting flexibility. When you’re receiving a sports massage, you should always discuss if your treatment will be able to reach your goals.