Maintenance massage is for the ongoing and regular treatment of muscle tension and soreness due to chronic repetitive stress from an athlete’s particular sport. It is generally a 30 to 90 minute session in which I focus specifically on body areas. I can also perform a full body massage, depending on the needs of the client at the time of the session. The therapeutic techniques are anatomically directed to the muscles, fascia and ligaments. The focus of maintenance massage follows the general application of working from general to specific, then superficial to deep, and according to the needs of my client. When determining the specific needs of my client as an athlete, I must first consider whether the activity is lower-or upper body dominant or a combination of both. For example, cycling, which is a lower-body dominant sport with some upper-body stress points. In a 60 minutes maintenance massage session, I would warm the tissues with basic massage strokes. I devote approximately half the massage to the lower-body muscles and spend the rest of the session addressing the back, neck and chest areas as they are also used then cycling.
Restorative massage, also called curative massage and post recovery massage. It takes place 6 to 72 hours after the athletic performance. The purpose of restorative massage is to increase circulation and restore the normal resting length of muscles. During an athletic event, some muscles contract repeatedly, usually with a lot of force. After the event, the muscles that have been contracting can easily develop a shorter resting length. Unless they are lengthened and their antagonistic muscles are activated. Restorative massage is the perfect opportunity to lengthen the muscles that were particularly active during the event and to stretch the fascia that surrounds those muscles.
Restorative massage to increase circulation and restore normal resting length to the muscles.
- Usually in a treatment room
- Performed 6 to 72 hours after the event
- Clients are usually undressed and modestly draped
- 30 to 60 minutes treatment
- Using effleurage, petrissage, compression, range of motion and stretches
- Focus on the major muscles used in the athletic event
- Using lubricant
Restorative massage typically takes place in a standard massage treatment room.