Sports massage / deep tissue massage uses stronger pressure to target tension within the deeper layers of the body musculature. This blend of remedial massage with focussed stretching, pressing and kneading releases tension that gentle massage may miss. Other techniques like stretching, or asking you to contract a muscle against resistance ('muscle energy technique') may also be used.
The benefits of sports massage:
• Reduced physiological fatigue and quick recovery after exertion. Sports massage can form an integral part of a training program by enhancing performance and preventing injury.
• Increased elimination of the waste products sports people have in their blood following exercise. Massage helps eliminate these faster than rest alone.
• Improved recovery of soft tissue injuries like sprains and strains, as well as reduced discomfort. Sports massage therefore complements an integrated rehabilitation program.