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Differences between deep tissue massage, sports massage and a relaxation massage (Part 1)

Massage therapy involves the use of touch and manipulation of soft tissues within the body. Massage treats pain, relaxes the body, and prevents injury. There are several different types of massage therapy, each offering different benefits. The most common types of massage are deep tissue massage, sports massage therapy and relaxation massage (aka Swedish massage). Although the techniques are similar, choosing which one is best for you depends on your lifestyle and goals. In this blog post we will cover some of the differences between the techniques. This will help you decide which type of massage is best for you.

What is deep tissue massage?


This massage technique treats musculoskeletal conditions. A deep tissue massage therapist will apply sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the deeper layers of muscles.


Unlike other forms of massage, deep tissue treats muscle pain and stiffness rather than focusing on relaxation. For this reason, deep tissue is for individuals suffering from muscle pain, soreness or fatigue. The technique encourages blood flow which helps to loosen tight muscles. It also relaxes trigger points that cause knots and strained muscles. This makes deep tissue massage great for rehabilitation and recovery from exercise or physical stress and strain.


What is sports massage?


This type of massage is a targeted approach for treating minor and chronic injuries. Sports massage therapists generally use a wide range of techniques to realign and loosen muscle fibres. It also helps to improve posture and condition an athlete’s body so they can perform their best.


The type of sports massage used will depend on the injury or the needs of the individual. Usually, it will incorporate soft tissue massage, deep tissue massage, and whole-body massage along with physiotherapy techniques. This assists in recovery and rehabilitation. Sports massage is often recommended for athletes or individuals who engage in regular physical activity.


Relaxation Massage


Often referred to as a Swedish massage, a relaxation massage does just that, relax you. Pressure is applied to muscles in the direction of blood flow to the heart. It works by increasing circulation, stretches tendons and ligaments, and energizes the skin and nervous system. This results in whole-body and mind relaxation, stress reduction and improved circulation.


If you work in a desk job where you are sitting for long hours you may be developing stiffness in your upper back and neck. In this case, relaxation massage would be the right choice for you. Even those with increased levels of stress or anxiety, high blood pressure, and difficulty sleeping can benefit.


This is part 1 of 2. Stay tuned over the next few days to find out the differences between deep tissue massage, sports massage and a relaxation massage!


Are you searching for a “Chiropractor Near Me” or a Chiropractor in London? Do you need a deep tissue massage?


Whether it is to help your stress or do better in sports, these type of massages can be of great help. So, if you are looking forward to achieving the benefits of massage or have any questions then feel free to call us 07376 243726 or book an appointment online for a deep tissue massage in London. You can locate our Chiropractic in Covent Garden.



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