Sports massage

What is sports massage and how can it help?

What is sports massage?

Sports massage is a type of massage that uses traditional massage techniques and focussed, often deep pressure to reduce muscle tension or pain. The name is misleading though, sports massage benefits everyone, not just those involved in sports. It's used to treat deep muscle aches, to help in the recovery of an injury, increasing flexibility or just for those that like a deeper massage. 

Because sports massage often targets the deeper muscles, it's more intense than other types of massage. Sports massage combines the 'usual' massage techniques you would expect to find in a spa, but it also uses different techniques traditionally associated with Shiatsu and Acupressure to get the best results. Sports massage therapists usually have comprehensive training and a deep understanding of muscles so you will usually find that a sports massage will focus on specific areas rather than just 'go everywhere'. 

Who can give a sports massage?

As sports massage becomes more popular, there is an ever-increasing range of providers that offer sports massage as a standard service. Some of these include:

Massage therapistsSports therapistsPhysiotherapistsOsteopaths


Would it benefit me?

Sports massage would benefit most people, regardless of what your specific issues are. Most people looking for a sports massage usually fall into one of the below categories:

  • Back pain
  • Wanting to prevent future injuries
  • Those wanting a deeper massage
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Muscle tightness
  • Recovering from sports injuries
  • Backache


Does sports massage hurt?

You may feel some discomfort during and some muscle soreness after a sports massage. It depends on what your therapist finds and their treatment approach, but any soreness created will be to start a healing process to make you feel better overall. But a sports massage doesn't have to hurt to be effective. If you're feeling anything more than mild discomfort during your massage just let your massage therapist know and they will reduce the pressure for you.




Want to try a sports massage or have any more questions?

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