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The difference between a Deep Tissue and Sport Massage

Deep Tissue vs Sport Massage

Deep Tissue vs Sport Massage

A lot of people come to the spa, not knowing the difference between these two massages. Some are disappointed and some are surprised, so today I would like to explain to you in a bit more detail what the differences are between these two massage types.

A deep tissue massage is perfectly explained by its name. The pressure is adjusted to manipulate the deeper tissue layers in the body. The bit that is somewhat confusing however, is what exactly the deeper tissue layers are. It means all the tissue layers that lay on top of the muscle, though not the muscle itself. The therapist works on these layers, but not so deep as to work all the way through like with a sports massage. This type of pressure is still efficient enough to release any newly formed or small knots and to stretch stiff muscles. I mention new or small knots, because big tension knots are caused by a build up over time, or because of injury. This is a job for a specially trained sports massage therapist.

A sport massage is the manipulation of the soft tissue (muscle) in order to prevent or improve sports injuries. The therapist has a broader, more specified medical knowledge and application. She needs this in order to efficiently and safely manipulate the muscles, making sure she does not damage the fragile tissue any further. There is a thin line that exists between working the muscle and causing more injury! It is best to leave this specialized massage form to a well-trained, specialized therapist. If you require a sports massage for an injury, remember to ask the therapist whether he or she is qualified to do so before making a booking.

I hope that you enjoy the treatment of your choice, now knowing what to aspect.

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5 Responses to “The difference between a Deep Tissue and Sport Massage”

  1. Carl Anthony Dawkins says:

    I like this explanation, it is much simpler and to the point. Sad to say a lot of therapists who work in many spa’s do not know the difference between a deep tissue and a sport massage, though sometimes similar techniques are often used to achieve the desired needs of the clients

  2. Petronella Marera says:

    thanks a lot dearest…I am one of the therapists that was unaware of the difference ,,,but u u have clearly explained ….God Bless you…

  3. Mary says:

    Great article, thanks! Are all massage therapists female? I notice that you use she as the third person singular instead of they?

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