Sports Massage (also referred to as soft tissue massage) is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, ligaments and tendons.’ (Sports Massage Association)
Sports massage can be divided into 4 categories relating to the reason for its application.
General preventative sports massage – This is the application of deep tissue massage to relax any muscles that are found to be holding excessive tension. Tense muscles cause pain and you are more likely to become injured or cause injury elsewhere.
Remedial sports massage – This is the application of soft tissue massage to assist the recovery of particular injuries or your specific problem areas.
Pre-event warm up massage – This is a short and vigorous massage to get the blood flowing within your muscles, it is applied before the event starts to prepare you and maximise your performance and prevent injury.
Recuperative sports massage – This is to soothe tired and aching muscles after events or hard training to aid your recovery and reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).