Sports Massage Vs. Deep Tissue Massage

Posted: November 17th, 2020

Many people think that a deep tissue massage and a sports massage are one and the same but they are not. They are very similar in some ways and very different in other ways.They both target muscular issues. So let's take a look at some of the differences so that you know what to expect when booking your next massage.

Deep Tissue Massage

In a deep tissue massage, the pressure is adjusted to manipulate the deeper tissue layers in the body. This massage doesn't target the muscle groups as much as concentrating on the muscle tissue. These are the tissues that are layered on top of each other as well as the muscle. This type of pressure is efficient enough to stretch out stiff muscles, release any newly formed knots, small knots. I mention new or small knots because big tension knots are caused by a build up over time, or because of an injury. This is where a sports massage comes into play...let's take a look at that next.

Sports Massage

The main objective of a sports massage is to manipulate soft tissue (muscle) in order to prevent or improve sports injuries. Sports massages can also be used to improve athletic performance or overall physical function. The stretching enhances flexibility and circulation, not only making the body perform better, but also reducing chances of injury. There is a thin line that exists between working the muscle out and causing further injury.

So next time you book your massage, whether it be the deep tissue or sports massage, you will have a better understanding of what to expect. When booking your massage, ask if the therapist that you are scheduled with specializes in the type of massage that you are wanting. Questions are encouraged to ensure the most positive massage experience possible!