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Sports & Remedial Massage, Deep tissue massage benefits

There are many applications and benefits to Sports and Deep Tissue massage. It can be used for:

  • stripping out tight muscles
  • loosening restricted joins
  • warming up and stimulating the body before a competition
  • improving recovery between training and competition
  • restoring energy when fatigued
  • treating strained muscles and strained ligaments
  • helping to keep minor injury from becoming a more serious problem
  • breaking up adhesions
  • releasing tight connective tissues
  • improving lymphatic circulation
  • increasing blood circulation
  • reducing swelling
  • toning muscles
  • muscle balancing
  • treating postural deviations
  • relieving pain
  • deactivating trigger points
  • treating orthopaedic and arthritic conditions
  • enhancing body awareness
  • reducing stress and anxiety
  • providing psychological boost
  • helping to keep the athlete in peak condition
  • improving performance generally
  • injury prevention
  • general relaxation
  • increasing well-being

Sports massage has a selection of potential physical, physiological and psychological effects, which may directly or indirectly benefit all systems of the body, including:

  • circulatory effects
  • neuro-reflexive effects
  • musculo-skeletal effects
  • connective tissue effects


Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

The heart of the integrated deep tissue system is, naturally, deep tissue therapy. Many varying styles of deep tissue therapy have been developed over the years, but some characteristics are common to all of them. The primary function of deep tissue therapy  is to reduce the level of stress imposed on the body by chronically shortened muscles. This is accomplished by applying a combination of slow compressive and lengthening procedures to the involved musculature.

As the soft tissues of the body are realigned and balance is returned to the skeleton, much less strain is imposed on the nervous system. This results in better posture and freer movement, which greatly reduce the risk of injury. Coordination is also improved. Minimizing strain around joints reduces the incidence of osteoarthritis and the possibility of ligament tears as well, and reducing the amount of energy used in holding chronically contracted muscles increases the overall level of vitality and promotes clearer thinking. All the body’s systems benefit from having more metabolic energy available to fuel them.

Purpose of Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue therapy  is designed to return the body to a state of ease and balance by eliminating the uneven pulls on the skeleton caused by contracted muscles and constricted fascia. Muscular strain in the body may be assessed by watching how a person stands and moves. Manual testing of the degree of movement available at the joints also aids in determining which muscles are shorten or contracted. After recognizing the patterns of muscular distortion, the deep tissue therapy systematically release the shortened muscles and stretches the constricted fascia to re-establish freedom of movement of the bones.