Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage uses firm pressure to work on muscles, reducing overall tightness and tension. Pressure tends to start lighter to warm up your muscles, and builds as the massage progresses, using slow deep strokes to target deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue.
Deep tissue massage reduces stiffness, treats muscle pain and improves blood flow. It is both relaxing and remedial, you may find your therapist spends more time on areas of more tension e.g. around your neck and shoulder blades.
Sports Massage is a targeted massage treatment, focusing on treating injuries, niggles or problem areas identified by the client. Sports massage involves firm soft tissue work such as trigger point release, but can also involve active and passive stretching techniques to achieve improvements in flexibility and muscle tightness. As your therapist will be working on an injury or perhaps something like posture, you may expect a brief assessment to enable the massage therapist to identify areas that require more attention.
Sports massage is not just for those involved in fitness and sport! It can be enjoyed by anybody who is wanting to work on a particular issue. It is however beneficial in terms of injury prevention and pre and post event, to complement training, aid performance and recovery.