Sports Massage & Deep Tissue Massage
SPORTS MASSAGE & DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Sports massage is a form of therapy involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity. Soft tissue is connective tissue that has not hardened into bone and cartilage; it includes skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia (a form of connective tissue that lines and surrounds the other soft tissues). A sports massage is typically a combination of several massage techniques that are tailored to your affected muscle groups based on the activities that you do. A properly administered sports massage can help flush the lactic acid out of the muscles, while increasing blood flow to the area to decrease recovery time. This is fantastic after a workout, post race, or after a game.
Various techniques are used such as massage, deep tissue work, neuromuscular technique, myofascial release, muscle energy technique, and stretching. Sports massage can help improve performance, speed up recovery, reduce the risk of injury, and reduce pain. We can also provide tailored stretching routines, to help with both your mobility and flexibility. It is advised to arrive well hydrated, as dehydration can stiffen the muscles and fascia, which can translate to some discomfort during treatment. Massage does not have to hurt to be beneficial. Common philosophies like “no pain no gain” and “just do what you have to do and get it out” are actually counterproductive. Therapy occurs when the patient’s body is not bracing against the therapist. Deep pressure is not the same as deep tissue, so in reality a practitioner that is muscle specific needs not exert excessive pressure to be effective.