Sports Massage is a form of manual therapy used to help athletic performance, prevent and treat sports-related tension and injuries.
Often, Sports Massage is a combination of therapies such as Deep Tissue, Swedish, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, and stretching.
There is a significant difference in Pre-event Sports Massage and Post-event Sports Massage.
Less than 24 hours before athletic events, it is best for athletes to
stay focused and not lose their muscle tone. Deep tissue or
relaxation massage is not recommended at that time. Ideally, toning
techniques (Tissue Flushing) are used to 'wake up' muscle tissue and
prepare it for optimal performance.
Over 3 days before athletic events or after events, sports massage therapist
can focus on deeper layers, relaxing tissues, and treating any muscle
tears and trigger points. Thai massage techniques can be used to stretch
chronically tight tissues as well.