People tend to assume that deep tissue massage means using heavy pressure. But this is not always the case. Deep tissue massage is great at breaking down scar tissue and getting your blood circulating, but it may not be what you need on a particular day. A good therapist will apply specific techniques at the right amount of pressure to address your need, and sometimes that’s a lighter touch.
Deep tissue massage can identify areas of muscle congestion and be used to treat many common injuries, including whiplash, back strain, pulled muscles. It can also be a good preventative treatment dealing with the health of muscle and connective tissue, range of motion, tone, symmetry, balance of muscle and quality of posture.
Sports massage can be used as a means to enhance pre-event preparation and improve recovery time for maximum performance during training or after an event. Sportspeople and athletes have discovered that specially designed sports massage promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries and prepares their body and mind for optimal performance.
But you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. The massage therapist generally concentrates on a specific problem area that you present, whether or not it is associated with some sort of activity or sport.