Sports massage differs from other types of massage.
It was created to help optimise athlete performance and therefore sports masseurs are often taught anatomy to a very high level, as well as a range of different injuries that can occur to the musculoskeletal system. Therefore they often have an emphasis on the prevention and recovery of muscles and tendons.
But sports massage doesn't have to just be for professional athletes. Massage can help with recovering from day to day injuries by improving circulation, reducing stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system (also known as how our bodies rest and digest), helping cope with chronic pain and helps improve range of motion so that injuries are less likely to occur.
What To Expect From a Sports Massage
If you are seeing a good sports masseur, the treatment you get at each session will vary slightly every time. They will ask you a few questions about what you expect, your goals, as well as a few questions regarding your daily routines so that they can build an image of how your body functions and the best way to help it move even better.
There are considered to be four main types of sports massage: