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Deep Tissue & Sports Massages

DEEP TISSUE & SPORTS MASSAGE

It is really common for people to have the preconception that a deep tissue massage is the same as a sports massage as they share similar techniques, traits and end goals. However, there are some important distinctions between them both, please read below for more information.

DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE

A deep tissue massage is pretty much what the name suggests. The Therapist will use firm pressure to manipulate the deeper tissues in the body, including the muscles.

This treatment focuses to reduce newer, smaller areas of tension across the entire body rather than the larger, older knots or any previous injuries you might have.

This has a similar effect on the body as a workout, promoting increased blood flow and breaking down of muscle mass that has adhered. It is therefore not unusual to be a bit sore and achy after this treatment, but this should ease off after 72 hours.

SPORTS MASSAGE

A Sports massage, on the other hand, will help to break down the larger and older knots and also help with recovery from injuries. This is because your therapist will use passive stretching techniques alongside other techniques that will manipulate and stretch the tissues to increase range of movement and prevent injuries.

During a sports massage your therapist will use a combination of techniques including trigger point release, joint mobilisation and passive stretching such as soft tissue release and myofascial release.

This is not a relaxing massage, instead, it is done with rehabilitation/repair in mind and you should be aware that you might feel some discomfort due to the nature of the treatment. However, the therapist will always ensure that they work within your pain threshold at all times and will make sure that you are comfortable with your treatment.

WHAT MASSAGE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

In a nutshell, a Deep Tissue massage is the best option for newer complaints like minor aches and pains, whereas a Sports massage is more appropriate for the treatment of injuries or of knots that have built up over time in the muscles.

KT TAPING

Kinesiology taping (or KT taping) is the application of a thin, stretchy, cotton-based therapeutic tape that can benefit a wide variety of injuries and inflammatory conditions. It is almost identical to human skin in both thickness and elasticity, which allows it to be worn without binding, constricting or restriction of movement.

Kinesiology Taping (KT) is used when an area of the body is injured through impact or over-use, the lymphatic fluid begins to build up and cause inflammation and swelling. This build-up of lymphatic fluids can cause increased pressure on your muscles and tissue which can cause significant discomfort and pain.

When applied correctly, KT Taping helps to lift the skin, decompressing the layers of fascia, allowing for greater movement of lymphatic fluid easing pressure and helping to reduce or remove pain.

KT TAPING FOR MUSCLE SUPPORT

KT Tape helps reduce pressure to the tissue and may reduce discomfort or pain. Correct taping also provides support to muscles by improving the muscle’s ability to contract, even when it is weak, and helps the muscle to not over-extend or over-contract.

Your muscle strength may be assisted by kinesiology tape via physical assistance and tactile feedback through the skin. This phenomenon may assist both the able-bodied athlete to enhance their performance and hypotonic for example, children with low muscle tone.

KT TAPING FOR SWELLING

Kinesiology provides a passive lift to your skin via its elastic properties. This vacuum effect allows your lymphatic and venous drainage systems to drain and swollen or bruised tissue quicker than without the kinesiology tape.

It is also thought that this same principle can assist the removal of exercise byproducts like lactic acid that may contribute to post-exercise soreness eg delayed onset muscle soreness.

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