What is Sports Massage?

Sports Massage is the term applied to the discipline of using massage for the specific benefit of all sports and exercise participants. It covers the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of the soft tissue of the body e.g. muscles, ligaments and tendons.

Sports Massage should be tailored to each individual’s needs to positively enhance one’s ability to perform.

Sports Massage tends to be a deeper and more intense form of massage. It is based on the various elements of Swedish Massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response techniques similar to Acupressure and Shiatsu. The skilled therapist brings together this blend of techniques, knowledge and advice during treatment, to work effectively with the client to bring about optimum performance and to provide injury-free training and minimise post event injuries.

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Benefits of Sports Massage

  • Improve circulation and lymphatic flow
  • Sedate or stimulate nerve endings
  • Increase or decrease muscle length
  • Assist in mental preparation for sporting participation
  • Assist in the removal of metabolic waste
  • Increase or decrease muscle tone
  • Remodel scar tissue when required.

Who can benefit?

Though aimed at active/sporting bodies, benefits may be achieved by anyone.

When to use Sports Massage

Sports Massage can be beneficial at various stages of participation, for example:

  • The conditioning/training phase
  • Inter competition
  • Post travel
  • Injury prevention
  • Injury recovery
  • Pre competition
  • Post competition


By having regular massage, athletes can keep their muscles healthy, improve their flexibility, maintain relaxation, and have a better sleep cycle.

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