A big part of the body therapies we offer at Keystone is Sports Massage. Sports massage is for anyone participating in exercise and sporting activities, from professional athletes to recreational runners and even golfers. Sports massage uses techniques like effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic striking), gliding, stretching, vibration, percussion, and trigger point therapy to help athletes train harder and recover faster.
Deep Tissue versus Sports Massage
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The primary difference between a Sports Massage and our Deep Tissue Massage is exactly how it sounds. A deep tissue massage focuses the work on the tissue above the muscles, but not the muscles themselves. A Sports Massage manipulates the soft tissue — muscle. At Keystone, we incorporate both, depending on the type of therapy based on your individual needs and circumstances.
There are four types of sports massage:
- Pre-event: a quicker, stimulating massage using invigorating and stretching methods to up-regulate the tissue
- Post-event: deep tissue and slower, deeper strokes on the muscle and joint are used to down regulate the tissue.
- Rehabilitative: aid recovery from injury or sore muscles by increasing flexibility and circulation.
- Maintenance (during training): deep-tissue, stretching, and trigger points therapy are used to keep the muscles healthy.
In order to maximize your sports training, prevent injury, improve recovery, and even rehabilitate injuries, a good Sports Massage at Keystone Body Therapies is the prescription for success. Our certified trainers have the experience and extra training required to provide you with a safe and efficient massage. Schedule a session today, and get your training on track to top performance!
WHY SPORTS MASSAGE?
Who Needs Sports Massages and When
All athletes and people with an active lifestyle will benefit from a Sports Massage. This increases performance, limit pain, avoid injury, and speed up recovery.
A sure sign of needing this therapy immediately is injury (major or minor) during your training or event, including any of the following:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shin splints
- Rotator cuff pain
- Knee pain
Benefits of a Good Sports Massage
The benefits of a good Sports Massage include a decreased likelihood of injuries because the tissue is healthier and lengthened. Increased performance in sports is another significant benefit because the muscles and tissues are able to receive nutrients, oxygen, and blood much faster after massage. Finally, Sports Massage also provides quicker rehab from injuries.
Like other massage therapies, sports massage provides an increased range of motion and flexibility, helps prevent or heal pain in your joints from exercise. After a good sports massage, you’ll probably even sleep better and feel less fatigued, enabling you to train for longer.