Have you been wondering what is the difference between Sports Massage and Remedial Massage?
Really, Sports and Remedial massages are very similar, like two peas in a pod!
As I often get asked what’s the difference Today I’ll share two case studies that highlight the difference in types of massage, then answer some of the common questions on types of massages in an FAQ.
Case 1 – Jane who has booked a “Sport Massage”.
Jane is training for a triathlon, and is experiencing very tight calves, and mid-back pain, as well as tight hip flexors. After questioning, it is determined that the main cause of Jane’s tightness is her long hours training on the bike and turbo!
Specific massage techniques are used to release these muscles, and these techniques are similar to those used in a remedial massage. The difference however, is that a professional massage therapist will understand all the muscles involved in the sport training, and hence potential level of tightness based on the activity!
Based on the scheduled event, and training load, we can better recommend the frequency of sports massage so that Jane can be at her absolute best on race day! And injury free!!
Case 2 – John who has booked a Remedial Massage.
John works long hours at the computer working as a statistician. John also loves his weekly game of golf, and has arrived at the massage clinic with tightness in his lower back, neck, and in-between his shoulder blades. The tightness and pain varies in intensity in the different areas and John just wants to feel better
For John, general massage techniques are used to balance out the body with some specific techniques to pinpoint and release the tightness in his back and neck. .
After his remedial massage, John reported back he had a more relaxed, better golfing swing the following week, and his neck pain had eased whilst at work.
The difference between the ‘sports massage’ and ‘remedial massage’ is where the focus lies, and what techniques are used to resolve the issue.
An experience professional masseuse will have a background understanding of both the sport, and postural position for a specific job. This knowledge helps us work out the targeting muscles, the depth of pressure for the specific areas. And to assess the neighbouring muscles groups..
FAQ: Frequently asked questions about Sports Massages
Sports massage is a type of remedial massage that focuses on specific muscles or muscle groups that are recruited in a particular sport. We will ask you about your sport, how often you train, length of training sessions, and when the big event is! Often a deeper style of massage is required, but not always! It really varies between athletes.
Have a look at Jane and John’s story! Basically it’s all about the background, so techniques can be used to manage this issue at hand. Further with sports massage, different techniques are used depending whether its given during training, before or after race day.
Sports massage prevents injury by limbering up the muscles so that they have enough stretch during the intensity of the exercise. This helps to prevent the micro tears or major injuries such as tendonitis, or tears.
Absolutely! Especially if your health and the way you feel is super important to you! There’s no doubt about it! Massage is so so good for you. It balances your body, relieves pain, lengthens your tissue – muscles, ligaments, tendons! And helps you feel better for those long training sessions.
Yes, they can be as we are working on sore muscles. But we always check in with you to determine your pain tolerance. For example we’ll ask.. “where is this on a pain scale from 1 – 10”. We don’t like to go above 7/10 – this is not helpful for your body healing. There is a point where the level of your resistance will negate any benefit, so a professional massage will always keep the pressure levels under your threshold!
A sports Massage is beneficial for any athlete at any stage!
It is especially important if you’ve just embarked on a sporting journey, because your muscles won’t have adapted to the training. Massage will help you to feel better so that you’ll stick to the training plan!
You can wear a sport bra (or not) and briefs or shorts.
This really depends on your body type, your training schedule, and when the big event is. After the first few sessions (providing there is no injury) generally a maintenance massage schedule can be recommended to fit in with your competition schedule.
Loosening over-tight muscles, stretching out the tendons and ligaments, bringing balance back into the body, and hence reducing the risk of injury!
A sports massage is focused to release the muscles that have become tight and restricting your movement due to your training sessions.
Deep tissue may be required to get the desired result, so we will be checking in with you constantly for feedback. Sports massage will assist you with your training sessions, creating better freedom of movement, and above all preventing injury. Being limber and loose for race day will allow you to really enjoy the race, and even get a PB!