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Sports Massage Therapy

What is a Deep Tissue Massage: A deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connectivetissues. Deep tissue is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, lower back tension, shoulders tension, and painful areas throughout the body related to tension. Some of the same strokes are used as a classic Swedish massage however, the movement is slower and the deeper pressure is applied in concentrated areas of tension and pain?

Sports Massage

How Does Deep Tissue Massage Work: When there is chronic muscle tension or a past injury, there are usually adhesion's (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesion's can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesion's to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To break down the adhesion's, the massage professional often uses direct deep pressure or friction that is applied across the grain of the muscle tissues.


Will Deep Tissue Massage Hurt: At certain points during a deep tissue massage it is possible to experience some discomfort and pain. If at any time you feel discomfort and/or pain beyond a "hurt so good" it is important to communicate with the massage professional so he/she can readjust their pressure and/or make other adjustments.

There could be some muscular soreness after receiving a deep tissue massage, it however should subside within a day or two. 

Benefits of a Deep Tissue Massage: Unlike a classic Swedish massage, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage can help people benefit with day to day stress related health issues to chronic health related issues. The following, are some examples of the many health benefits from receiving a deep tissue massage.

  • Relieves Stress
  • Encourages Relaxation
  • Over All Relaxes Muscle & Connective Tissues
  • Improves Flexibility & Range of Motion
  • Helps with Limited Mobility
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Rehabilitates Injured Muscles from Injuries (whiplash, falls, sports injury)
  • Relieves Stress
  • Encourages Relaxation
  • Over All Relaxes Muscle & Connective Tissues
  • Improves Flexibility & Range of Motion
  • Helps with Limited Mobility
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Rehabilitates Injured Muscles from Injuries (whiplash, falls, sports injury)
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Consultation: Prior to the start of any massage treatment, massage professionals will have each client complete a health history form. The main purpose of the client intake forms is to inform the massage professional of current and past health issues (within the year) and injuries so the massage professional can take special care to treat current issues and prevent additional injury.

Professionalism: By law, all clients receiving services by a licensed professional must be properly draped underneath a sheet, blanket, and/or towel during all massage therapy sessions. During a massage you are generally nude or in undergarments underneath the drapping. The massage professional uncovers only the part of the body he/she is working on. Our professionals will give each client privacy by leaving the room to wash their hands while each client undresses/dresses when getting on and off the massage table. Our professionals will also knock and ask to re-enter the room.

What to Expect During the Massage: Massage therapists may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during the deep tissue massage. You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage professional works on certain tense areas. It is very important to communicate with your massage professional on pressure comfort. The massage should never go beyond a "hurt so good".  

What Should You Do After a Deep Tissue Massage: Professionals encourage their clients to drink plenty of water after the deep tissue massage to flush metabolic waste from their tissues. Massage has a detoxifying effect on the body. It is important to avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol for the next 24 hours.

Additional Tip: Don't eat a heavy meal before a massage. 

Precautions: Massage is not recommended for certain people: infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds; immediately after surgery; immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor; people with osteoporosis should consult their doctor before getting a massage; prone to blood clots, there are risks of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage; pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage professional who is properly trained and certified in pregnancy massage. Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.

Study: According to the August 2005 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, 34,000 people ranked deep tissue massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine and over-the-counter drugs. Deep tissue massage also received a top ranking for fibromyalgia pain. People often notice improved range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage.

Another study, in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, found that the average persons blood pressure had fallen after a single 45 to 60 minute deep tissue massage. Additionally, a 2010 meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that massage modalities like deep tissue, reduce stress, hormone levels, and heart rate, while boosting mood and relaxation, by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin.

Sports Massage

Sports Massage is a type of massage that is used to work on athletes of all levels of training from the weekend warrior to professional sports teams. People who do sports massage can be professional massage therapists or some athletic trainers may also do sports massage if it is allowed in their state licensing. Sports activities massage was originally designed to assist athletes prepare their bodies for optimum efficiency, recover right after a large occasion, or function properly in the course of education. Sports activities massage emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to your muscles and tendons. Sports massage is really helpful for the individual who has injuries, chronic pain or restricted selection of movement.

Purpose of Sports Massage

Sports massage is really a sort of Swedish massage that stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. The main purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. The massage will help prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Sports massage can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an athlete or a once a week jogger.

Four Kinds of Sports Massages:

  • Pre-event sports activities massage -- a brief, stimulating massage 15 - 45 minutes just before the event. It truly is directed toward the parts in the entire body that can be associated with the exertion.

  • Post-event sports activities massage -- given inside an hour or two of the event, to normalize the body's tissues.

  • Restorative sports activities massage -- given during education to allow the athelete to train more difficult and with much less injury.

  • Rehabilitative sports massage -- aimed at alleviating ache as a result of injury and returning your body to well being.

Benefits of Sports Massage

Sports massage has many benefits, sports massage reduces the heart rate and blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, reduces muscle tension, improves flexibility, and relieves pain. Each sport and athletic event uses muscle groups in a different way. Sports Massage can also include pre-event, post-event and maintenance techniques that promote greater athletic endurance and performance, lessen chances of injury and reduce recovery time.