Deep tissue massage and sports massage are high intensity body massages; this means that there is a greater amount pressure applied and the strokes are faster than regular massage. deep tissue massage uses greater pressure, while a sports massage makes use of fast and short strokes. We can provide both these techniques at either of our massage centres in Reading and Caversham or on-location with our mobile massage service.
deep tissue massage is specifically designed to target deeper layers of our muscles as well as the ligaments and tendons. This technique is considered an alternative medical treatment that is both corrective and therapeutic. It uses two methods—direct or indirect and is effective in releasing deeply held patterns of tension, removing toxins, relaxing and soothing muscles. The method that we will use on a client is dependant on their specific conditions and requirements.
The direct method of deep tissue massage applies pressure to the muscle with the intention of finding resistance in the body, and maintaining the pressure until the resistance is released. The indirect method moves in the opposite direction of the resistance—otherwise known as the friction stroke. Some people may find deep tissue massages a bit uncomfortable and this is all but normal. The massage works with the idea of resistance and friction, which can lead to some degree of soreness after the session. But if you’re target is to attain relief from deeply embedded toxins, this is the massage to ask for.
On the other hand, sports massage is more of a pre-performance therapy. This massage aims to prepare the muscles for either long period of use (e.g. marathons) or intensive use (e.g. weight lifting). It uses fast vibrating and tapotement strokes, allowing more blood and oxygen to run through the muscles. Some stretching techniques are also integrated in the sports massage.
It is quite common for most athletes to employ the help of a massage therapist during games and competitions and to get sports massages 10 to 15 minutes before a game to help increase performance.
Speak to us today about how a sports massage or a deep tissue massage can help you.