Sports massage has become a staple of wellness programs for many Americans today. When we envision sports massage we draw imagery of muscular athletes receiving painful deep tissue massage. However this doesn't fully encompass what sports massage is. So what is sports massage?
Traditionally, sports massage is a methodology of massage used to facilitate optimal performance for an athlete through out the training cycle and sporting events. This ranges from fast paced warmup style massage before an event to deep tissue massage to relieve tight and sore muscles post event or during the training cycle. Typically when speaking of sports massage, people are referring to a deep tissue style massage that helps to aid in muscle recovery, mobility, and pain relief.
Benefits of Sports Massage
Adding sports massage to your wellness routine can have amazing benefits. Ranging from but not limited to:
Sports Massage vs. Deep Tissue Massage
Since the terms are often used synonymously, are they the same thing? Not Quite. Deep tissue massage refers to a modality of massage characterized by deeper pressure. Sports massage is often, but not always, deep in nature. Sports massage typically has a goal in mind, sometimes that goal requires deep pressure but other times it requires lighter pressure or something different altogether like stretching, myofascial cupping, myofascial flossing, or muscle scraping. In conclusion, sports massage is a methodology of massage that can include multiple modalities of massage in order to improve an outcome whereas deep tissue massage is simply one modality of massage.
Do You have to be an athlete to benefit from sports massage?
Sports Massage and Deep tissue massage in Sacramento area, Davis CA
If you would like to receive sports massage or deep tissue massage in Davis CA, we offer 55 minute ($85) and 85 minute ($115) sessions at Milestones Movement Therapy. At Milestones we classify all massage as sports massage, so whether you are looking for traditional deep tissue massage or a finely tuned sports massage we have what you need!
Miles G. CMT, CPT, FMS
Miles is a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT), Functional Movement Trainer (CPT) and owner of Milestones Movement Therapy in Davis CA. Miles and his team specialize in taking clients from pain to peak performance.