What’s the difference between deep tissue and sports massage?
Deep tissue massage is one of the techniques used in a sports massage. I often get asked what the difference is between the two types of massage. The aim of a sports massage is to release tension and improve the health of particular muscle groups used in whichever sport the person does. Deep tissue massage is a technique that eases tight muscle, but it’s not the only one. Sports massage is rarely relaxing, but deep tissue massage can be.
What are the aims of deep tissue massage?
Deep tissue massage can help to ease tight muscle by stretching the muscle fibres and improving local blood circulation, thereby easing the connective tissue and allowing tension to be released. After a deep tissue massage, you should have an improved range of motion and there is usually a distinct difference in how your body feels.
Most of my clients book a deep tissue massage due to tightness in their backs and shoulders.
Modern life takes it toll on our postures. Smartphones, laptops, sitting for long periods, driving and even cycling can alter your posture. We tend to overuse muscles by repetitive actions and this leads to stiffness initially, but sometimes can cause more discomfort and even muscle spasms or tingling in the arms and hands.
Posture is something that can usually be improved and I try to encourage my clients to take an active part in improving this. Yoga, pilates or gentle stretching classes are all good for helping to regain flexibility.