Sign In

Kate Taylor RMT

What is Sports massage?

Typically, sports massage is utilized to alleviate and promote healing of specific complaints. Trained in Sports Massage, the Massage Therapist performs massage techniques based upon knowledge of anatomy, physiology and related massage therapy knowledgebase's relevant to human sports performance. Athletes do not need to have a serious physical complaint to greatly benefit from sports massage. There are typically five time periods when sports massage is appropriate:

  • Pre-event
  • Inter-event
  • Post event
  • Rehabilitation
  • Maintenance

Specific sports are known to habitually affect particular muscles or groups of muscles, tendons and ligaments that are used excessively. By concentrating on the specific muscle groups most used in a given sport, a massage therapist can help an athlete increase mobility, range of motion, oxygen supply, blood flow and help maintain higher performance.

How is Sports Massage Different?

A trained Sports Massage differs from Relaxation Massage such as Swedish Massage because the client's relaxation is not the primary objective. Accordingly, the sports massage therapist may employ a number of massage modalities including Swedish Massage strokes, Trigger Point Therapy, Acupressure, Deep-Tissue Massage, Lymphatic Massage, Hydrotherapy and others.

 

Sports Massage - Injury Prevention... Healing... Improving... Energizing...