Health and Fitness

Introduction To Sports Massage And Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage and sports massage both are high-intensity massages which means that they require greater pressure and faster speed of strokes. Deep tissue massage needs greater pressure and on the other side, sports massage needs short and fast strokes.

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Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage effect deep layers of our muscles. It uses two methods-direct or indirect. It is effective in relaxing and soothing muscles, removing toxins and releasing deeply-held patterns of tension.

Direct Method

In this method of deep tissue massage, the pressure is applied to the muscle to find the resistance in the body and pressure is maintained until the resistance is released.

Indirect Method

This method moves in the opposite direction of the resistance. It is also known as the friction stroke. Deep tissue massages can be uncomfortable for some people but it is normal.

Sports Massage

This massage is applied before the performances as it prepares the muscles for either intensive use or a long period of use.

It uses fast vibrating strokes which allow more oxygen and blood to run through the muscles. In sports massage, stretching techniques can also be used. Sports massages are done up to 10 to 15 minutes before a game.